Is there a way to add an image where date and/or location are unrecalled? I appreciate that one could guess, but that seems rather unprofessional on such a learned facility as this.
Short answer to this is no.
I've had this dilemma on a number of occasions but have just decided not to post those as date and location are really essential for biological record, ispot can help out with the 'what'. There are other sites where you can post images without date or location and people help out with ID. Its annoying when you have something that you want to identify but can't remember accurately enough exactly where it was, I always wrote on my slides where they were taken (e.g. nature reserve and county) but not the exact location.
Thanks Mike. Could you please give one of the other sites dealing with birds please. I only have two such pics.
I have not used any of these myself for birds so don't know how good they are but just a few suggestions:
there are several bird ID forums on Facebook (http://en-gb.facebook.com/) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/) covering not just uk but other parts of world too
there is birdforum, again worldwide
however none of these offer the functionality of ispot nor do they collect the data in a way that makes creating proper records easy.
I wanted an ID on a plant. I could remember the location but not the date. I just gave a rough month and year and put a comment in the ID notes to this effect.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
If I'm looking at my photographs as thumbnails in Windows Explorer the date the photograph was taken will be shown (for jpg's) when I place the pointer over the photograph.
Giving an approximate month when looking for flower IDs could be very misleading!
The one i put on had the date "scrubbed" by a faulty computer and the data recovery measures taken to get it and other data back again.
I got a good ID on it.
... it seems OK to me to choose the likely date, as you suggest, and mark it as an 'estimated date' in the ID notes or Comments section, perhaps with a brief explanation of the reasons for choosing it. (Alternatively, it might be nice to have a tick box beside the date field to indicate that it is estimated.)
The Ispot guys would like to keep things simple. The ID box is a good place to indicate it.
There are users here whom have little computer experience and they could get confused.