I am mainly a “plant-person”. I follow the obs made in my locality, (by subscribing to Places, on the front page) and identify what I can. If a new user (ie someone who has only made a few dozen observations or less) has made a good effort to describe the subject of their observation and its habitat - where it was growing what sort of conditions and plants around it …and entered at least “Plants”, I often look at their other observations, and identify what I can. Especially if they have received very few identifications. I don’t want them to be discouraged, as I remember feeling a sort of void with my first few, and wondering if I’d “done it wrong”…so if i can’t identify any of them I offer something I hope is encouraging…eg “Gee, I don’t know…wonder what it is”. (Some people may find that irritating, I don’t know, but I only do it on one or two of their obs).
If someone whose username i haven’t seen before makes a helpful comment or suggests an ID for one of my obs, I often have a look at their profile. Sometimes that leads to me looking through their unidentified obs and sometimes making an ID.
So…I agree with everyone that getting “out and about” by looking at others’ obs, following your own interest of course, is the way to start getting some ID’s and learning to make more of your own.