I’m happy to, @JeremyHussell… Much along the lines of what you suggested:
Although, in my case it wasn’t just_ that. It was partially an acknowledgement of the help of an IDer but I would always click on the taxa and go to its page and see if the ID made sense. Then, if I felt that it did or I couldn’t find a reason to disagree I would “agree.” It was nuanced a bit, since I understood that the “agree” function wasn’t supposed to be total blind agreement, so again, not just a, “thanks, that’s cool!” rather more like an, “okay, that seems reasonable enough…and thanks!” A little bit of a gray area, I guess. The problem with what I was doing, as I realized later after reading all sorts of comments in the google group and revisiting the help or starting guides pages, is that while it mostly was fine that I just agreed based on publicly available knowledge, as we all know there are tons of cases where a genus contains hundreds or even just dozens of species, some only able to be IDed through dissection, and I couldn’t justify those agreements, but didn’t know I couldn’t. The problem of not knowing what you don’t know. I now err on the side of extra cautious.
The other element, beyond just believing I was demonstrating some good-natured gratitude or something, was that being unfamiliar with the site my instincts told me it would be rude not to acknowledge some expert taking the time to ID my obs. In the beginning I didn’t realize anyone could ID anyone else’s obs and thought that all the IDs were from folks with higher competency than myself. (although I’m blown away by how much access I’ve had to specialists and their expertise!!!)
I mentioned that my use of inat was completely restricted to the app because it was meeting my need and I had no idea it was full of so much user potential (coming from using ebird as my point of reference which is much more one-sided and not at all interactive in the amazing way inat is) so another factor was not looking into who was making the IDs for me in the first place. Once I began to use the website, I re-read all the guidance and was embarrassed at my misunderstandings or rush to observe without proper self-education. I was then able to understand much more about how this all works. What seemed straightforward in the app became so much more complex (but in a good way from my view) once I visited the website. I still consider whether I should go back and withdraw agreements on earlier IDs but I’ve not done that yet, thinking that it would not only be a lot of work, but that nothing I’ve observed that I agreed on (possibly) erroneously is that significant and doing so would require a lot of tedious explanation to other users in comments. I may do this in the future, still considering it.
I’ll leave my comments there because as I’ve owned up to elsewhere, I’m super verbose. Please let me know if anything requires more explanation or follow-up, as I’m happy to offer my perspective or suggestions if helpful.