I recently discovered iNaturalist and I’m in love. I’m also confused. I am a casual observer of nature with a good camera. Aside from some aquarium fish, I lack deep knowledge of most taxa*. Right now, when I post something I don’t know (e.g. a wildflower) I look through the AI suggestions, and if one of them matches I pick it. If none match or multiple ones match, I pick a broader taxon.
Is that right, or should I avoid picking species-level IDs unless I’m a specialist in this organism? The guides I’ve seen seem to differ. This tutorial says to be bold https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/identification-etiquette-on-inaturalist-wiki/1503 which seems to validate my approach. A starting ID will generate discussion and eventually bring clarity.
However I also see threads concerned about AI-powered misidentification by non-experts as a large scale issue https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/dont-use-computer-vision/13327/3
So what should I (and other newcomers) do? Pick the best match from the AI suggestions if one appears unambiguously better? Or give general taxa unless we have expert knowledge?
*and even with the fish I’ve been surprised. I was about to go proudly identifying Corydoras Paleatus. Then I saw Corydoras longipinnis for the first time