Why are withdrawn IDs updated with taxon changes?

I notice sometimes that withdrawn identifications get updated with taxon changes. Is there a reason why that should happen, or is it a bug? Just one example that was in State of Matter Life before my ID: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20619064

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I assume that the observer didn’t actually withdraw their ID themselves. Instead, there was a taxon split on Nov 19 and the observer’s original ID was automatically withdrawn as part of being replaced with the new taxon name. Do you see something that indicates otherwise?

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You’re right, that may be what happened on this one.

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I guess it would be helpful if the taxon split process labelled the former identification “ID automatically replaced”. That would make it a lot clearer what happened to users reading through the chain of IDs.

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And in fact there’s already a feature request here to fix this, which I have just upvoted.

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