ChrisMcA's picture

Likely ID conundrum

The case of
This was given a tentative (it's likely) id of sea squirt by a top invertebrate expert [& oddly agreed by an anonymous spotter with no profile]. I (only 3 gongs) gave an I am sure ID (based on an identical photo in glaucus & having seen them myself) to which the expert added his I agree. (as he commented, thinking it would swing the ID). Yet the likely ID remains sea squirt. IE 2 id's, both agree on 2nd & neither on the 1st.



Syrphus's picture

I agree this is an odd thing

I agree this is an odd thing for a couple of reasons. I wonder if the 'anonymous spotter' factor is relevant - never seen that one before.

One gentle correction, though - I am not a 'top invertebrate expert' (nor any sort of expert as far as iSpot is concerned), especially where the more arcane marine stuff is concerned. I tend to come out in spots when someone calls me an 'expert'! An 'expert' is just someone who knows (or sometimes thinks he/she knows) more than you do. I know a fair bit about some groups of invertebrates, but there is no-one who is an expert on everything from flatworms to Giant Squid!



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Masked Marvel's picture

Anonymous Spotter

I think an anonymous spotter may be someone who removed their account. So maybe the anonymous spotter in question had a high reputation in invertebrates.

ChrisMcA's picture

anonymous spotter

If that's so then why not leave their invertebrate reputation in (or maybe remove it as they'd be unable to respond to further identification).

ChrisMcA's picture


Apologies, Syrphus, but hope top invertebrate Ispotter will do?

DavidHowdon's picture

More oddness

Just to test it I went and agreed with your specific ID. The updates so that neither identity was shown as likely (I didn't think that was possible once the likely-ness threshold had been passed).

NB I've removed my agreement again since I'm not actually able to express a view on these organisms and was just testing.

Martin Harvey's picture

anonymous spotter

Masked Marvel is correct that "anonymous spotter" is what happens when someone decides to delete their iSpot account, and I think it is likely that his explanation about the anonymous person's reputation having been high for invertebrates at the time of agreement is the correct one.

I will investigate further about the effect of agreements and so on from such deleted accounts; I agree that it would probably be ideal for the reputation symbols to remain visible, but I suspect there are technical reasons why this can't happen.

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