Mysterious Identifications

Some of you may have noticed some mysterious identifications created over the past day, or some identifications mysteriously disappearing. I've been running a script to get past observations to conform with the change we made last February that allows observations to be associated not with the community taxon but with the most advanced proposed taxon that is a descendant of the community taxon. Unfortunately, I messed up my script and it's been adding identifications on behalf of the observers that match the new observation taxon, which added up to a lot of identifications, a lot of notifications, and many observations that were Research Grade when they shouldn't have been.

I stopped the script and am currently cleaning things up. This affected observations between 8621916 and 9700842, so roughly those created between Oct 30, 2017 and Feb 1, 2018. I am deleting the identifications that were probably created by this problem, i.e. identifications created by the observer between 2018-11-09 12:00 PST and 2018-11-10 14:00 PST on observations created between Oct 30, 2017 and Feb 1, 2018. This means I may have deleted some identifications that were genuinely created during that time period, but I figured that was a smaller price to pay than a lot of erroneously Research Grade observations. My spot checking suggested there were very few genuine identifications among those deleted, but if you think you may have been affected, let me know and I can try and get you a list of affected observations created by you in the relevant time period. Again, you would have to have been intentionally adding identifications to observations you created between Oct 30, 2017 and Feb 1, 2018, between the hours of 2018-11-09 12:00 PST and 2018-11-10 14:00 PST.

I'm sorry about this, folks.

Posted by kueda kueda, November 11, 2018 01:08 AM

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All good! I got a few messages from folks that were curious about this, but when I checked their ID's, they were proper agreements. :)

Posted by sambiology 30 days ago (Flag)

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