Yes! Not hopeless!
Its significantly better this year than last year in Diptera.
In terms of specialists, inputting for UK (and beyond) we have input from:-
Chris Raper (Chrisrap) - UK Tachinidae recording scheme
Darwyn Summers (Rainieria) - European Micropezidae and Psilidae recording scheme
Ian Andrews (Ophrys) - UK Heleomyzidae recording scheme, Syrphidae and general Diptera
IainMacg - Lonchaeidae
Phycus - Stratiomyiidae.
Myelaphus - Asilidae.
Probably others I have not encountered yet…
For me… with the specialists who are actually running national or European recording schemes as some of the above…and are already gatekeepers for the taxa on other databases…I just think it seems nuts that their IDs need to be seconded.
+Rightly or wrongly, with the national recording scheme leaders at least, I will bypass the current system with a blind ID to strengthen their IDs where necessary. If we want the AI to learn, pick up the data and be fine tuned by their expertise… then doesn’t this need to happen @bouteloua ? This is not only about “arbitrary green labels” and GBIF …
As @upopa_epops said, this field is probably one of the hardest there is. It’s very often too complex for the general public to be involved in ID at species level. That’s just reality.
Also to note, of the people above, this only gives us specialists for 8 or so of the 130 families in Diptera globally. So, IMO it certainly makes sense to cherish and empower folks like this and support the time they put in, in any way possible. The more we do, the more likely they will remain active, and encourage other specialists from the field to join…the more the AI will gain accuracy, and the more us amateurs can learn from the pros.