I identified my observation after someone added a higher level-ID, so why is the observation stuck with the higher-level ID?

Modified on Fri, 02 Feb 2024 at 02:51 PM

That's the way the Community Identification system works: iNat chooses the taxon that more than 2/3 of the community agrees upon, and if that's impossible, it walks up the taxonomic tree and chooses a taxon everyone agrees with. For example, if I say it's Canis and you say it's Canis familiaris, 2/2 identifications agree it's in Canis but only 1/2 think it's Canis familiaris so iNat goes with Canis.


If you don't like this and want your ID to take priority for your observation, just reject the community ID by clicking the "Reject" link under the community ID. You can also opt-out of community IDs entirely by editing your settings

You don't need to ask people to remove their higher-level ID, especially if it's accurate but not precise (eg Canis in the example above). This doesn't affect an observation's potential to reach Research Grade status, it just gives the observer control over what taxon the observation is associated with.

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