I have seen a lot of discussions here recently with comments that have led me to believe that I am woefully inattentive to my observations.
Generally, I upload an observation to a decently high taxon. There are what I call “regular sweepers” for bees, butterflies, hoppers and lady beetles, so those will be identified or my ID seconded readily. Ditto birds and reptiles. And ants! There is someone I usually tag for wasps, but not honey wasps – there’s a fellow who sweeps for those, too. And there are Fly Guys, with specific fly interests.
Anyway, I may or may not tag someone. I generally do not look at the observation again unless I am notified that there is some activity on it. Otherwise that observation is out in the universe just living its best life, as far as I am concerned.
From time to time, I may recall it if I see something that reminds me of it. For example if someone references a species, I go see if I have observed that species and am often surprised to see I have, sometimes more than once.
(The only exception to this is that recently, armed with two plus years improvement in my knowledge set, I have begun to return to my first observations and hone my identifications of them to the taxon at which I would identify them were I to make the same observations today, doing away with my own “Winged and Once Winged Insects” and the like.)
But the idea of knowing which of my observations specifically are Research Grade and which are languishing or which lost their Research Grade status because of a user’s departure feels strange to me. Am I meant to keep abreast of that?
Perhaps I took the “Each observation represents a moment in time” rule too much to heart and decided that meant that as the observer, I should also spend exactly one moment in time, no more.
How attentive are you to your observations after you upload them?