verifiers

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Surreybirder
verifiers

I'm fairly new to iRecord. I like it but it's a bit frustrating that many records seem to disappear into oblivion without being reviewed.

I understand that verifiers are busy and doing the work out of the goodness of their hearts - and that in some groups there can be thousands of records.

My suggestion is - and I realise that this has its risks - that you allow non-expert people to verify a limited no. of records. For example, I am pretty confident at IDing many species of British birds although I'm not a county recorder or even on the county rarities committee. But I would be reliable at identifying almost all of the commonly occurring birds. I suppose this would only work if  'amateur' volunteers were allowed to check records in categories 1 - 3 (for example) of difficulty.

Our county moth recorder won't look at iRecord, so perhaps a similar system could work for moths - allow a keen 'amateur' to verify, say, 250 fairly distinctive and wide-spread species. Where in doubt, the record could be pended.

Surreybirder
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Barry Walter
Re: verifiers

it's a bit frustrating that many records seem to disappear into oblivion without being reviewed

This isn't really true. Even if the records haven't been verified, they're still available for use by third-parties. Please see: Verification - what, who and why.

My suggestion is - and I realise that this has its risks - that you allow non-expert people to verify a limited no. of records

I think it's more a question of accountability than expertise. By definition, verification/validation requires that an approved person has confirmed the identification/completeness of a record. If non-approved people were allowed to add their input, it's hard to see how iRecord could continue to make the same guarantees about the quality of their records.

Gustav Clark
Rephrase the question

The problem is there are some groups where there are too few verifiers and some non-verifiers may have th eexpertise to do the job.  In these cases someone needs to take a dcision to increase the pool of verifiers.   For some groups, e.g. slugs, there are only 2 - 3 people in the country who I would rely on.  For birds it must be a hundred or more per county.

Find the name of your local recorder and talk to them.

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