Community Identifications Changing

iNaturalist is changing the way observations are identified so that the taxon agreed upon by the iNat community will be the primary taxon associated with each observation (i.e. the taxon used in searches, in determining research grade status, etc.). Currently, you are in full control of the taxon associated with your observation. Everyone else can add identifications, but your observation isn’t associated with a taxon until you agree with those identifications. However, this is a problem for people who don't realize they are responsible for their own data, or for people who just add some observations and then abandon the site. The community puts work into adding identifications, but the observations remain unlinked to taxa and ineligible for research grade status. It’s a bummer for identifiers, some newbies, and especially for project owners who often recruit a bunch of one-time users for an event who never return to confirm IDs.

If you prefer the current system in which an observation’s taxon doesn’t change unless you change it, you should opt-out some time before February 7, 2014. But remember, if you opt out that means you are responsible for managing your data to allow us to get the most out of it!

To opt out:

  1. Go to
  2. Uncheck “Accept Community Identifications”
  3. Save your settings

Want more information about this improvement? Visit the The (Super) Official iNat Blog at:

Publicado el 31 de enero de 2014 a las 03:54 PM por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland


I look forward to it myself :)

Anotado por charlie hace mas de 10 años

Yeah me too. I think this is going to be much better!

Anotado por kpmcfarland hace mas de 10 años

I agree. I have one question however. I posted a picture of what I take to be a Sharpy. I got one person to ID it as an Accipiter. Does this mean iNat will change the ID from Sharpy to Accipiter?

Anotado por zaccota hace mas de 10 años

Yes - it would take 2 more Sharpy IDs to go back to species. The Accipiter ID will be implied as a disagreement with Sharpy so these coarser IDs shouldn't be added if the person doesn't explicitly disagree with earlier finer IDs.

Anotado por loarie hace mas de 10 años

Remember, Cota, you could remove it from 'community supported ID' though it will then not qualify for research grade. Motivation for me to take better pictures I guess :) I think now that we have a bigger community it will be fine.

Here's another question. Say someone identifies a plant as sugar maple, and I know it's only a maple, so I put in maple. Then they realize they were wrong and it is a red maple and change it to red maple. But I leave my ID as maple because I'm not sure. Does the genus still count as 'disagreement' or does it not since they changed the ID?

Anotado por charlie hace mas de 10 años

Thanks Scott! It's all making sense to me know.

Anotado por zaccota hace mas de 10 años

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