Unexpected situation with community ID, RG, DQA

Ran into a strange situation:

An observation (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29307989) has a subfamily-level community ID and a species-level observation ID. It has also 1 yes and 2 no DQA votes for “can CID be improved.” The observation is therefore, as expected, RG and OID and CID display as they should.

However, the observation shows up in a search for species-level RG observations - and to my understanding it should not do that. Subfamily level yes, but not species level. What is going on?

This has come up in a flag (https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/636917) and I’m out of my depth so I’m asking here.

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RG status is calculated based on IDs at a certain rank (factoring votes when necessary), but the status applies to the observation and is not tied to a particular rank. The observation is IDed to species, and it is RG, so it shows up in the search for RG species.

Thanks, but although this may be the technical explanation, it surely can’t be intended behavior?

Totally wrong behavior. The observation is counted as RG with just one ID at this rank. I cannot believe this sort of things is intended.

See https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/research-grade-with-only-one-id-at-that-rank/3270


Thanks. But it’s a pity that nothing was done to resolve this issue so far, despite it was spotted several years ago. For me, this is a serious problem causing inflation of the RG status. :(

It is not intended. It is happening because IDers are not voting correctly. I’m sure they would fix things if you asked them.

If you would like to make a feature request to prevent this from happening you are more than welcome.

See https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/research-grade-with-only-one-id-at-that-rank/3270