When duplicating an observation, sometimes the observation fields get copied over and other times do not?

I have since deleted the observation field but I duplicated an observation of a Large Orange Sulphur as someone had added the observation field “visiting flower of” to the ob and it was a plant I hadn’t observed before. I was later notified that the observation field had been copied over. About a month or so ago I did the same this with an Ocala Skipper observation but that one never had the field copied over.

I don’t know which one is supposed to be right but it would make it a lot easier if observation fields were not copied over when a observation is duplicated.

URLs (aka web addresses) of any relevant observations or pages: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20544192




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I’ve noticed a few other people have been duplicating the observations and the same thing has been happening. I agree that the best solution would be to not copy over any observation fields since many times they are specific to the organism and won’t apply if the observation is duplicated for another organism.

I like that duplicating copies over the fields, and wish it would do the same with projects and tags.

I’d be OK with tags being copied over, but duplicating obs fields and projects would, on balance, more often create incorrect data.

Made an issue here: https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/2754