Frequently Used Responses

These are responses often entered into comments of observations by site curators and other users as we try to help people learn to use iNaturalist. Cut and paste from this page to save effort writing the same thing again.

Not an Organism/Test Observations

Hi, welcome to iNaturalist! I have marked this observation as "Evidence of organism? No." Try your best to observe actual plants and animals and other creatures, even if it's just a test observation. If you need some more help, be sure to check out the getting started page: http://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

Observation of Human

Humans are indeed found in this area, but iNaturalist is best used for wild animals, plants, and other creatures. If you need some more help, be sure to check out the getting started page: http://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

Multiple Species in One Observation

Each observation should be about a single species. Rather than adding several photos of different species to a single observation, please put each in its own observation. You can add multiple pictures to an observation when they are each pictures of the same thing.

A quick way to fix this observation is to use the duplicate feature. In the upper right corner of the observation page, click the downward arrow next to "Edit" and choose "Duplicate." Then identify the duplicate observation as the organism in your second picture and uncheck the checkboxes next to the other pictures. Then come back to this first observation, click "Edit," and delete the extra pictures. Thank you.

Captive/Cultivated Organism

Plants: Please mark cultivated/planted plants as "captive/cultivated" when you upload observations of them. You can also do so after uploading by clicking the "thumbs down" next to "Organism is wild?" in the Data Quality Assessment section at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Animals: It doesn’t look like this is a wild animal. You should mark it as captive. Please mark captive animals as "captive/cultivated" when you upload observations of them. You can also do so after uploading by clicking the "thumbs down" next to "Organism is wild?" in the Data Quality Assessment section at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Use Your Own Photos And Observations

Please delete this photo. Use only your own photos to support an observation. Don't take a page in a field guide or copy a picture from somewhere on the internet. Copying a photo without permission and publishing as your own work is against the law in most countries, including the United States. Additionally, these kinds of photos don't prove that you observed what you reported. iNaturalist is for recording your own sightings of organisms you personally observed. If you didn't personally see or hear an organism (or its tracks, sign, etc), please don't create an observation, even if you are sure it is sometimes in the area.

We understand that it's difficult to get a photo for some species, so know that it is perfectly acceptable to upload observations of things you have observed without need for a photo.

Missing Location

Would you mind adding a location for this observation? If you add a location your observation will be eligible for "research grade" status, and it will make it a lot easier for others to identify what is in your photo, since there are often similar but different creatures in different parts of the world. If you are concerned about revealing the location of a sensitive organism (or where your house is), you can hide the exact location from the public by changing the "geoprivacy" of the observation to "obscured."

To add a location, click the "Edit" button above, type the name of the place in the box in the text field above the map and below "Where were you?", and click "Search." You can use the map below that to click and drop a push-pin to more accurately show the location. If you do not want everyone to be able to see the location, the "geoprivacy" drop-down below the map allows you to change that.

Note that you can also set a perimeter of uncertainty around your observation. For instance, if you know you saw the organism somewhere in a park, when you enter the location you can set the uncertainty perimeter so that it encompasses the entire park. This is set either by entering a number for the radius of uncertainty, or clicking on the circle and dragging it to a larger or smaller size. Try not to set it too large, though. Indicating an observation was "somewhere in North America" (or elsewhere) isn't very helpful for people who are trying to help you identify your observation.

Imprecise Location

This observation has a large radius of uncertainty around the location which makes the data less useful. Can you edit the observation to make the location more precise? Thank you!

More detailed: This observation has a large radius of uncertainty around the location which makes the data less useful. Can you edit the observation to make the location more precise? You can do this by zooming in on the map within the mobile app or by editing on the website. It may be easier to keep the center point of the location accurate during editing if you use the website rather than your phone. Just drag one of the points around the circle closer toward the center point to as accurate a location as you can estimate. Thanks!

Private Location

You have marked the location of this observation as “private”. Please consider revealing the location. We cannot even tell what continent this was seen on. There are similar looking species in different parts of the world, and the location is a very important clue in identifying what you saw. If you are unwilling to reveal the exact location, you may instead make it “obscured”, which will randomize the site by up to ten miles, protecting your privacy while still giving us enough information to figure out which creatures are in range.

Duplicate Observation

This observation appears to be a duplicate of another observation you have entered. Please delete either this observation or its duplicate. In the upper right corner of the observation page, click the downward arrow next to "Edit" and choose "Delete." Thanks!

Bad Identifications

Computer Vision Fail: If you're not relatively certain of an identification, it's okay to identify it to a broad level such as "plant" or "animal." Then other iNaturalist users can help you identify it to species. Please don't select the option presented by Computer Vision without confirming that it looks similar and is likely to be found in your area.

Trigger-Happy Agreeing: Please do not simply “Agree” with an identification that someone else has made without confirming that you understand how to identify it too. An identification confirms that you can confidently identify it yourself compared to any possible lookalikes. It's okay to leave it blank or let the community identify it for you. If you agree with the ID without actually knowing the taxon, it may reach Research Grade erroneously. https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#identification

Joke or Malicious IDing: Please don't add joke or otherwise false identifications on iNaturalist. Please keep jokes or other commentary in the comments section. Thank you!

Revised on September 29, 2017 01:22 PM by bouteloua bouteloua
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