Why is "iNaturalist" voting that my observation is not "wild"?

Modified on Fri, 02 Feb 2024 at 01:41 PM

iNaturalist will automatically vote "No" in response to the "Organism is wild" metric in the Data Quality Assessment if the following conditions are met for observations of the same taxon in the same tertiary political boundary (e.g. a county in the U.S.):          


  1. There are at least 10 observations

  2. 80% of those observations are "captive / cultivated"

People post a lot of observations of pets, house plants, and other captive / cultivated organisms, and in places with a lot of observations, this prevents these observations from flooding identifiers with observations that we tolerate but do not encourage. It does come with the cost of some incorrect votes, e.g. escaped garden plants or genera that have a lot of observations of both wild and cultivated plants. If you see this system adding an incorrect vote, you can correct it by voting against it in the Data Quality Assessment.

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