I just saw a user delete an observation where I posted a contradicting ID, then re-post it as a new observation under the ID I suggested. Even though this is not super problematic, I do not think this is the way iNaturalist is supposed to be used, but I could be wrong (see discussion here: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/delete-someone-elses-comment-on-my-observation/11678/22).
To give some context, the user (a power user with 30 000+ obs) had selected a species that was clearly out of range (another continent), and not really similar. I suspect they selected the first ‘out of range’ suggestion, which is something I (as a regular IDer) have seen them do a lot, often uncritically (without checking the distribution range, etc). I suggested another species, but couldn’t help pointing out that it is nice when observers are critical with iNat’s suggestions (especially power users), alongside some constructive remarks about my ID. I didn’t mean to be snarky, but I suspect my comment upset the OP, which is why they deleted the obs to re-post it.
I have since asked the user why they deleted they previous observation (maybe I shouldn’t have), and apologized if I upset them. I would love to have some feedback from other users about what I did wrong, and/or if such deleting/reposting is okay with iNat policy. Thanks!