Since the implementation of the suggested species list when making an ID, the number of submissions of species not found on the continent has climbed dramatically. It’s pretty clear that some users simply choose the top species in the list, or they just choose the species based on the common name without a quick check to make sure that the chosen species even occurs on the same continent. I don’t know how many North American “blue-tailed damselflies” and “common blue damselflies” I have had to correct over the last couple years, and I have gotten into the habit of seeking these out which takes more of my time.
It’s pretty clear that geography doesn’t seem to be a factor in the list of suggested species—at least not to the degree that it would prevent some of these, but is this something that the machine-learning doohickey should pick up on over time?
I also wonder if it would be helpful to provide a “Are you sure?” message to the user when they choose a species that is nowhere close to the location (e.g. picking a European species that is not recorded in North America or vice versa).