September 09, 2021

Why I Don't Like this Website As Much

Don't let the title deceive you. I'm staying put on this site, and intend to help many more people ID their observations, and post more of my own.

However, I think that, like any good website, INaturalist has its flaws. One in particular stands out to me. The glaring problems with the AI, such as the suggestions bot that pops up to suggest what your observation might be; I once saw a fly IDed as a click beetle in the genus Agriotes (why was Agriotes the top suggestion???). The poster just took the top suggestion, and, worst of all, others AGREED. Which leads me to a problem that is rather out of control of the site itself, but if you are reading this, and you do a lot of this, you should stop. Faith-based voting. This is when someone suggests an ID, any you just go with it, not thinking to research it at all. I urge you to, if you see any IDs that look doubtful, or even right, research them.

Also, the consensus voting system: Good idea, but needs to be improved. Let's say if I ID something that I know is correct, i.e Red Milkweed Beetle, and someone insists on an ID that is wrong, i.e Red Femured Milkweed Borer, I should be able to just definitively ID it. Also, if I know that the ID I suggested is right, i.e Red Femured Milkweed Borer, and I know all of the field marks that distinguish the RFMB from other members of the genus Tetraopes, I should just be able to override the consensus system, seeing as I know exactly how to distinguish between the species.

Besides that issue, though, the site is pretty good.

Please Comment If you Agree.

Posted on September 09, 2021 00:03 by polistescarnifex polistescarnifex | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 18, 2021

"American Hophornbeam" Indeed

An hour or so ago I went to post an observation on the Eastern Hophornbeam. The website corrected it to the American Hophornbeam. The problem is, no such thing exists. There is only the American Hornbeam or the Eastern Hophornbeam. I found this an egregious mistake. Please help me correct this.

Posted on August 18, 2021 20:26 by polistescarnifex polistescarnifex | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 02, 2021

Richmond User

Today, August 2, I met a nice guy at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He told me he was taking a Citizen Science course at VCU. I made his acquaintance when trying to ID a Northern Red Oak. He says he uses INaturalist a lot. If you are that person, or a friend of that person, please message me. He seems friendly, and I would like to get to know him better.

Posted on August 02, 2021 21:53 by polistescarnifex polistescarnifex | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 31, 2021

Project Kickoff!

Attention all Richmond residents! My name is Silas Eckhardt, aka Polistescarnifex. I am starting a few projects to keep tabs on the organisms that other users are observing in Richmond, Henrico county, and Chesterfield county.

They are:
Insects, Birds, etc of Richmond, VA (Umbrella Project):
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/insects-birds-etc-of-richmond-va

Insects (and Spiders) of Richmond, VA: https://inaturalist.ca/projects/insects-and-spiders-of-richmond-va

Birds of Richmond, VA: https://inaturalist.ca/projects/birds-of-richmond-va

Reptiles and Amphibians of Richmond, VA:
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/reptiles-and-amphibians-of-richmond-va

Plants, Wildflowers, and Fungi, of Richmond, VA:
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/plants-wildflowers-and-fungi-of-richmond-va

Mammals of Richmond, VA: https://inaturalist.ca/projects/mammals-of-richmond-va

If anyone, preferably a Richmond resident, or a person who travels frequently to Richmond, Henrico, or Chesterfield, would like to become a member, please contact me by replying to this post.

Posted on July 31, 2021 16:17 by polistescarnifex polistescarnifex | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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