A few days ago I decided to take a look at some observations that are unknown to see if I could help move it to a taxon level where others may have an interest in IDing to genus level. However, in the Filters, rather than selecting the ? symbol under categories I left categories untouched and under Description / Tags I put unknown. Among the obvious was a category labeled State of matter Life which I now understand as being comparable to Flowering Plants = Plants, Flowering - that is State of matter Life = Life, State of Matter.
It is an interesting browse through this as there are observations that have been suggested as both Plants and Fungi or they are suggested as different Phyllums. Also interesting here is conflicting Genuses with the same name but one being a plant and the other being an insect.
Other instances are when the photo in no way has a bird/insect/lizard as suggested by the original observer and only has plants no matter how carefully one looks. My thought is that the wrong photo was associated with the observation.
Unfortunately, when something becomes State of matter Life, I believe it falls off the radar for most IDing. As well, it takes some effort to move it back to a watched level of taxon.
There are quite a few observation in this state of limbo, sometimes occurring with what appears to be novice accounts where the likely newcomer may not know how to pursue getting their observation to a taxon level that is more likely to receive a definitive identification through community suggested IDs.
Is anyone else familiar with this? Thoughts?