"View More" Photos should default to "Quality Grade: Research"

Photos displayed while browsing with “View More” option shows observations with “Quality Grade: Any.” This can be misleading when the user is browsing these photos to help them correctly identify the observation. The default should be “Quality Grade: Research” and the option to view “Quality Grade: Any” should be selectable.

I agree, and I’ve wanted this for the longest time. On the other hand, the fact that needs-ID observations are shown can make wrong IDs obvious if you’re familiar with the species. And since iNaturalist substitutes us mechanical Turks for a more restrained approach to automatic ID, the highlighting of wrong IDs may just be what is wanted by the powers that be.

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Yes! Having been helping re-ID a group of butterflies today, the need for this is very acutely fresh in my mind!

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I agree! I almost confirmed an ID based on a picture that looked EXACTLY like the one I was trying to ID. I don’t know how many I might have done in the past, not realizing that it takes any Quality Grade. In this case it could have had bad effects because very few sightings existed of the object.

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I’d be OK with doing this for species level and below, or maybe genus and below. For some families and such, especially ones that have tons of photos which can’t be identified to a finer level, you might be missing out on a lot.

That would be a step in the right direction. Most blatant mis-ID’s by uncritical acceptance of the identotron occur on the species level anyway.

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What about defaulting to RG for adding taxon photos too?

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I’m going through feature requests, I’ll get to it. :-)

Anyone have a preference for what the photo browser would show if there were no RG observations to draw from?

The next photo available on iNaturalist – needs-ID or casual – with an in-your-face indicator that loudly yells “use with caution”. I would forego unvetted flickr photos entirely.

“No photo available”

That would let people know they need to go to another source to see what it looks like.

Vetted taxon photos would work as well.

Yes, “no photo available.” In my mentioned adventure, the last step was my adding photos to the ID page. That was after receiving expert confirmation on the photos. There being no picture available until that point forced us to look outside iNat and use descriptions and the rare confirmed photo, reducing error in the effort.