I notice these problems in going through “Unknown” and “State of matter Life” observations:
A lot of users don’t seem to know not to keep changing their minds about whether their own observation is for the plant or the bug or the lizard in their photo. They post with one, identifiers go in that direction, then the user IDs to another one, the identifiers try to go down the new road, and then the user suddenly chooses “Life.” It doesn’t seem likely that the users are trying to prevent their own observations from being identified. I think it’s more likely that the screens they are looking at don’t make sense to them or are incomplete or something.
A lot of people who act like they own the observation aren’t the actual observer, so an observation starts out with the observer making an identification of “plant” and identifiers going in that direction. Then a non-observer says something to the effect that for their project they were really focusing on the insects. Both are in the photo. The observer seems to lose interest until someone in the project is able to get hold of them and ask them to change their ID. I find it hard to understand why someone making observations for an insect project would label their observation “plant,” but this seems common. They probably just assume their fellow project members will sort it out, which they try to do, but then identifiers are faced with having to counter the observer’s own ID.
When using Identify, duplicate photos (one for one organism and one for another) do not stay together, with the result that if Life is chosen and identifiers go in one direction they don’t know that the organism they are choosing is the subject of the duplicate. I often go into the observer’s observations to check for a duplicate covering one of the organisms, but this is tedious and I can see why most identifiers wouldn’t want to slow the flow by doing that.
All three of these situations are frequent, and I don’t have any proposed solutions, but I wish there were some. Any thoughts?