I’ve recently encountered a user who refuses to mark their captive / cultivated observations as captive / cultivated. They upload far too many observations for other users to mark all of their captive / cultivated observations for them. Originally I thought they were a new person, but checking back I realize they are a veteran user.
If someone reaches out to contact them and teaches them how to mark observations as captive / cultivated, but the user just decides they don’t want to… What does iNaturalist do about it? Can iNaturalist staff do anything at all or are they completely powerless?
The more I think about it, the more I had to ask… What is even the incentive for users to utilize the captive / cultivated feature? Let’s face it not everyone who uses iNaturalist is going to care about recording data on wild organism populations… Not everyone will care if they’re contributing to false data collection. Many people are simply just wanting to save pictures of animals and plants online and to find out what things are, they couldn’t give a hoot about the integrity of your citizen science data recording. If observations are hidden from a majority of identifiers after they’re marked as captive / cultivated I’m sure that is just further incentive not to use the feature.
I really don’t think anyone will / wants to sit there for hours marking someone else’s observations as captive / cultivated just because the person in question doesn’t want to do it themselves. I mark observations for new people all the time, but also teach them how to do it themselves so they’re not a burden on the iNaturalist community. What I don’t understand though, is when you see a guy who’s been on the website far longer than you and with almost 6000+ observations (many of which are captive / cultivated, but not marked as such). You just sort of shake your head in disbelief.