Increasingly, my understanding also.
I don’t believe these things are fundamentally at odds though.
It seems if anything, just a gap in the “market” which will eventually be filled.
In UK, for Diptera at least,
Facebook groups = expertise & outreach but limited data collection.
iRecord = expertise & data collection but limited outreach.
iNaturalist = outreach & data collection but limited expertise.
I see no reason a platform won’t eventually tick all the boxes.
iNaturalist certainly seems close…
I like the idea of some sort of workaround similar to your suggestion though.
If observations are just annotated one by one even with “ID by so and so”, would obs with that annotation be possible to pull out from the GBIF side in theory?
As it stands, I´m not really sure how I will port my observations into the UK datasets without a lot of problems - imagining I will just have to investigate the API better at the end of the year…