Robert Zimmermann

Joined: Dec 01, 2018 Last Active: Sep 28, 2021 iNaturalist

Studying biology at the University of Regensburg focusing on Hymenoptera: Aculeata (without ants).

Identifying on iNaturalist, in my opinion, is about judging the given evidence on the particular image/audio. Observers should likewise stick to the evidence they have been able to capture. I would prefer that we as identifiers stick to that evidence and do less predicting when it comes to species-IDs (there is room in the comments for this).

From iNat help-section:
"When should I agree with someone else's identification?
An identification confirms that you can confidently identify it yourself compared to any possible lookalikes. Please do not simply “Agree” with an ID that someone else has made without confirming that you understand how to identify that taxon. If you agree with the ID without actually knowing the taxon, it may reach Research Grade erroneously."

iNats "Research Grade" system does only work when people stick to the rules (which almost nobody does). Therefore I would prefer to increase the requirement for RG to three independent identifications.

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