When I select the option to log in via my inat account, a popup window is shown with the following message:
Authorize iNaturalist Forum to use your account?
This application will be able to:
Create, update, and delete your observations, identifications, and other content on your behalf, and access your hidden coordinates and any other information you can access on the site. Access informtion relevant to sign in, like email address, username, name, and user icon
I don’t quite understand why the forum application would need to do any of these things on my behalf (whatever that means). Anyway, I decided to create a new account instead. Still, I’m curious to know what this authorization really means, and what difference (if any) it makes if it is by-passed by creating a new account.