"Unknown" notification

Platform (Android, iOS, Website): website

Browser, if a website issue (Firefox, Chrome, etc) : chrome

Step 1: Click on the notifications icon in the upper right of the main web page. Among my notifications, one shows “Unknown.”


The unknown is for this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17743863

It does not appear that anything has changed with this observation in 3 years.


I got this too. One today and one yesterday. I also couldn’t find anything that changed.

I’ve noticed sometimes when I make a disagreeing ID the text under it first displays as “user disagrees with unknown” then changes to “user disagrees with [the taxon it is].” In those cases, it was related to page loading, which I’m unsure if is related. But, it makes me wonder if many cases where “unknown” appears refer to a taxon, or could relate to deleted content (e.g. someone commented or identified, which you’d get notified of, but then deleted it).

In our logs, there’s one vote made someone that was then deleted, so we don’t know much about the vote itself. Still looking into why it generated that specific notification.

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I just got one of these. It’s the first time it has happened. Screen capture shows the notification.

Clicking the notification takes me to this observation, where there has been no activity that I can see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/98196035
Also, NOTHING appeared on my dashboard for that timestamp:

My interface is Safari browser 14.1.2 (15611., 15611), on Catalina 10.15.7 operating system

Perhaps some engagement, which was deleted, but the notification is a zombie?

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I like that characterization :)
Yeah, this glitch isn’t too big a problem since it happens only rarely (so far)

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This just happened to me too!

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iNaturalist is haunted.

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I just got one of these unknown notifications for this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94026697

I also got my first one today:

Interesting, it’s in English too.