It doesn’t happen too often, but one thing I’ve been noticing is that sometimes users are suspended for copyright infringement without being given a chance to correct their mistakes. While some users are definitely malicious when posting photos that don’t belong to them, I’ve talked with quite a few who don’t know they should be posting their own photos and are quite apologetic when emailing help@inat after being suspended.
If someone posts three or more fabricated observations with photos posted from the internet, and is unresponsive when asked to stop, they should be suspended within 24 hours. Please give them a chance to correct their mistake if it is not malicious.
Because most new users aren’t on iNat as often as we are, and there isn’t any on boarding text specifying that you shouldn’t upload representative photos, I think it’s fair to give them 24 hours (in cases where they seem to genuinely be making a mistake) to see the comments and respond to them before suspending their account, but let me know what you think.