Thank you Carrie and Allison for trying. Not being sarcastic - I suspect you find this nearly as frustrating as I do.
Looks like my cynicism back in March was justified.
I’m assuming the agreement between iNat, NatureServe and the CDCs (quite understandably) did not take into account the possibility of bad actors, and that if a CDC (or more likely just one person higher-up at the CDC) decides to be ridiculous there is nothing anyone can do about it until at least sometime in 2020.
It takes some serious gall to agree to a process which involves considering requests and then decide not to consider any requests. Would like to hear the justification for that one! Nice loophole they’ve found where considering a request means copy and pasting the same sentence regardless of context. At least those Monarch butterflies will be safe from poachers