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Firstly, let me just make it clear that there is nothing personal in what I am saying here!
I just wonder whether it is time to have a look at the position of experts on iSpot? Some categories, like Invertebrates and Plants, have a number of experts who regularly confirm IDs and are among the top experts in their fields...fantastic! However, in the Birds category, for one, I do think that there is a lack of regularly contributing, genuine expertise. It has recently come to light in a thread...
...that some experts were created to get iSpot up and running, perhaps, without necessarily having genuine expertise. That can lead to the situation where a bad misidentification is made by an expert and remains on the system, because only another expert can really override another. In the ID above, six are voting against three, but the less popular misidentification wins. There was also a Garden Warbler, not too long ago, misidentified as a Reed Warbler...another pretty basic error by an expert.
I repeat that there is nothing personal in any of this, but I do think that the credibility of iSpot is undermined as a result of such misidentifications. Perhaps it is time to have a look at how expertise is managed?