Why do these observations become casual in the first place though?? To me, a casual observation is an observation ‘missing’ something - e.g. one without a location or date, or an observation of a captive organism, or one with no organism at all. The current ‘cutoff’ for this feature is at family, so anything with a community ID below that will become RG when the box is ticked, and anything at family or above will become casual when the box is ticked. This just seems very arbitrary to me and I don’t think that it is the right way to go about it.
An example: two sightings, one of which is at genus-level and cannot be IDed further, and one of which is at family-level and cannot be IDed further. Neither would be of use to someone looking for data on individual species, but both would be useful to someone looking for data on the family as a whole. If someone was just looking for information about genera or tribes, only the first observation would be useful, but the second one would not even show up in their search in the first place. What is the point in making it casual? It is still useful information and there is nothing ‘wrong’ with it, it just can’t be identified further. What is the difference between a blurry huntsman photo that cannot be identified beyond Sparassidae, and a very slightly less blurry photo that can be assigned to a genus because the pattern or shape is slightly clearer? The second sighting will be made RG, whereas the first will be pushed back into casual. In my mind there is little difference in value between the sightings, and making the first one casual just removes some of its usefulness. Is there something inherently wrong with making it RG as well??
‘Boundaries’ of identifiability and usefulness vary drastically between taxa, and I think it would be much better to let data users decide which sightings they will find useful rather than putting an arbitrary limit of family-level.
This has bugged me for a while, and consequently I do not use the “No” button unless the sighting is of an undescribed species. Even then I sometimes avoid it, because the best taxon to use for it is at family-level or above, and making the taxon casual causes more harm than good.
Anyway, rant over :P