" When should I agree with someone else’s identification?
An identification confirms that you can confidently identify it yourself compared to any possible lookalikes. Please do not simply “Agree” with an ID that someone else has made without confirming that you understand how to identify that taxon. If you agree with the ID without actually knowing the taxon, it may reach Research Grade erroneously."
I find it hilarious that this site does not want users to agree with somebody’s identification without themselves knowing how to ID it. There are people here with far more knowledge of certain species than I ever will. There are people here with PAID positions after getting far more educational experience than I can even afford that have specialized skills are able ID certain things down to subspecies. And this site doesn’t want me to agree with them because I don’t have the same knowledge?
Maybe it is time to start demanding that people who do identifications to write a description under every last one explaining why something is what it is, because I’m not going to spend time learning every single species in the entire world. I specialize in birds. It’s creeping up to 11,000 species being found. I know only a portion of even just those and spend time writing descriptions for uncommon and rarities on another website to justify my OWN observations. Why people can’t write descriptions here, and then get angry because people “automatically” agree to an ID is beyond me. That’s part of citizen science.
I also just had somebody ID some photos of mine to subspecies, and what was their justification? A link to a third party site with a bunch of photos and absolutely zero text on the third-party site, or their own. I’m just supposed to say, “Yup, these pictures match.” That’s not what I have learned is okay in birding, so I’m going to need some explanation. I’m tired of not getting any. So it’s one way or another, either people write their justifications to their identifications of other peoples’ observations, or they don’t get upset that users “automatically” agree to IDs since some days I log on and somebody has gone through 45 of my photos adding IDs.