I’ve been thinking about how we react on iNaturalist to new and less experienced users’ observations, both currently active and no longer active. This is one example of what I’m talking about, but it is by no means unique because I see it over and over: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23474185 The observer chooses an organism, and other people try to change that choice. Maybe the observer didn’t know what they were doing in choosing, but maybe they did. Maybe they wouldn’t care, but maybe they would. Whose decision is it, or should it be (assuming that the observer’s chosen organism is actually in the photo)?
I’ve also been noticing a lot of very abrupt responses to some users who have done nothing more than enter an ID. Usually it’s in some form of “No!” followed by the entry of a different ID. I’ve seen at least one expert do this. And then I think about danaleeling’s students in Micronesia (see danaleeling’s post today in this thread: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/duress-and-contest-users/422/35) who are eager to test apps, who love their plant-hunting excursions, who are all positive about their learning experience, who go out in stormy weather with no complaint to learn, and I envision them seeing someone change the organism they put in without explaining why they’re doing it, or shouting “No!” at them (yes, I guess I’m the only person who thinks exclamation points seem more like shouting than all caps), and it makes me sad.
Just wondering what others think.