I’ve accidentally found a way to get research grade on a species-level observation without getting two people to agree to that species-level ID. I think this is a very important bug to fix, because otherwise it could provide incorrect data to those using iNat for their research purposes.
The observation I did this with is here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7441615
I assume that once I post this here, somebody will add an ID to it, ruining the point, so here’s a screenshot of it:
I believe this happened by following these steps:
- I IDed the observation as Lithobates clamitans
- Somebody else IDed it as Lithobates, without disagreeing with L. clamitans
- The other IDer marked the observation as “community ID cannot be improved”. This made the observation RG for Lithobates, which was the current community ID, as it was missing the second ID for L. clamitans.
- I re-IDed the observation as Lithobates pipiens. The community ID changed to L. pipiens because it had my ID and another agreeing (but not precise) ID. Usually this would leave it at needs ID, but it already had RG because of the “community ID cannot be improved”.
I’m not 100% sure if my knowledge of how the community ID works is correct, but I know that this observation should not be RG as L. pipiens without having two IDs for L. pipiens