Everyone can see the coordinates unless the taxon is threatened.
Public coordinates shown as a random point within 10KM of the true coordinates. True coordinates are only visible to you and the curators of projects to which you add the observation.
Coordinates completely hidden from public maps, true coordinates only visible to you and the curators of projects to which you add the observation. Observations with private coordinates will still be used to verify place check lists.
The data quality assessment is a summary of an observation's accuracy. All
observations start as "casual" grade, and become
"needs ID" when
the observation has a date
the observation is georeferenced (i.e. has lat/lon coordinates)
the observation has photos or sounds
the observation isn't of a human
Observations become "research grade" when
the iNat community agrees on species-level ID or lower, i.e.
when more than 2/3 of identifiers agree on a taxon
Observations will revert to "casual" if the above conditions aren't met or the community agrees
the location doesn't look
accurate (e.g. monkeys in the middle of the ocean,
hippos in office buildings, etc.)
the organism isn't wild/naturalized (e.g. captive or cultivated by humans
or intelligent space aliens)
the observation doesn't present evidence of an
organism, e.g. images of landscapes, water features,
the observation doesn't present recent (~100 years) evidence of
the organism (e.g. fossils, but tracks, scat, and dead leaves
the observation no longer needs an ID and the community ID is above family
the observer has opted out of the community ID and the community
ID taxon is not an ancestor or descendant of the taxon associated
with the observer's ID
And if that wasn't complicated enough, there are also situations where the system gets a vote:
The system will vote that the observation is not wild/naturalized
if there are at least 10 other observations of a genus or lower in
the smallest county-, state-, or country-equivalent place that
contains this observation and 80% or more of those observations
have been marked as not wild/naturalized.