KelsaeJohn's picture

As a newcomer to iSpot, am I not allowed to make an ID?

I have twice had the opportunity of being first to make an identification but on both occasions they did not appear. My comments, however, did show up which, frankly, made me feel rather stupid. This is because, without the identification my comments made little sense.
Anyone have an explanation as to why this happened - or did I just not do it right?

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Fenwickfield's picture

Wrong I think

I have just been having a look at what you have been commenting on and wonder have you put all your identification in the comments section ,if so this is not classed as an identification.If you want to put an id on you have to click on the revise identification and then put in the id,this enables you to put on a new id.I hope this makes some sense as I am not that good at explaining the technical stuff.I would not worry about making mistakes we all do and welcome to the site.

Fenwickfield

Jonathan's picture

Glad to see that you have

Glad to see that you have overcome your initial worry and become a regular contributor to iSpot, John. We have made a slight change to the wording of the text for 'add an ID' that will hopefully mean fewer people have the problem you did. We are certainly very keen that newcomers feel comfortable using iSpot from the word 'go'.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

KelsaeJohn's picture

Making an ID

Thank you Jonathan for your kind words. You are right in that I have overcome those initial problems and now contribute on a regular basis - sometimes rather too enthusiastically! I have lost count, now, of the number of times I have jumped in with an ID and then, just seconds or minutes later, had second thoughts! But, I suppose, that's inevitable. I must say, though, I just love iSpot. It has got me completely hooked and has, truly, transformed my life. My interest in wildlife began in the late 1970's and it remained a large part of my life until around four years ago when, due to a variety of circumstances I won't bore you with, I suddenly stopped. Now, thanks to iSpot, my interest has been revived to the extent that I have now bought myself a new camera and look forward to getting out and about again. So, once again, thank you.
John

Jonathan's picture

That is wonderful, John. And

That is wonderful, John. And so kind of you to tell us. This kind of feedback is not only satisfying for us to hear, but also helps us prove the value of iSpot and therefore raise money to keep iSpot going.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Fenwickfield's picture

Totally agree

I to have found that iSpot has improved my life greatly ,I know that may sound a little over the top to some.I have always worked outside and lived in rural area's even as a child I had a great interest in nature.I then like John had a life changing experience which affected me a lot (also will not bore everyone with details)I heard of the site on radio 4 and then my love for nature and life came back and I am also addicted to the site and have also bought new camera and an array of book's ect.I think there are a lot of people out there who feel the same it should be prescribed as a form of therapy.It also allows you to see things from all over the country that I myself would never visit and chat to like minded people.I have also noticed how helpful everyone is and the odd laugh too.

Fenwickfield

Jonathan's picture

Thank you! iSpot has

Thank you! iSpot has certainly turned into the kind of site that we hardly dared dream it might be, and its people such as you who have made it so. Spread the word!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)