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Collecting iSpot Trees

Have you noticed Mass Tagging?
Miked has been busy adding useful tags where they might be needed
See this one


It is potentially a very powerful way to collect observations that cannot otherwise be brought together.
All trees, otherwise, are impossible.
For example, I am in trouble with Shield-bugs where the Superfamily (Pentatomoidea) is no longer available for my iSpotlight.
An issue is now occurring, any new Tree Observations will be absent from this collection unless the tag is added manually - @miked ?
Some have duplicate tags though - typically hornbeam? | Observation | UK and Ireland | iSpot Nature

A few of us are trying to ‘liven up’ tree observing - interested in helping?
See ♥New-Tag UK Trees♥ | Project | UK and Ireland | iSpot Nature

I did notice the new tag, thanks and wondered if I should add it to new tree observations myself.

I think we should. I have just done one…

It might be possible to rerun the code that did the mass tagging of trees but only rarely.

Annually perhaps. Meantime we few will ask for the tag to be added when we remember.
There could be benefit in mass tagging ShieldBugs to I can reinstate my project, there seems no other way.
I can give you all the Family names. https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/831487/

I would have to tweak the code so it doesn’t re-tag those observations already tagged - but when I’ve done that you could re-run it any time you like.

And yes, I could produce a similar script for UK shield bugs.

I wonder if there are ANY objections to mass-tagging.
My only proviso is that IF it is possible to bring them together Taxonomically, say like Erithacus rubecula, then don’t mass tag Robins, say.
Another is that a new tag joins all the other useless ones, like here
https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/1752/
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An advantage with mass tagging is that people are less likely to ruin the collection by forming their own, slightly different version - has happened to trees1 already.
Miked knows how many versions of the ‘correct’ OU bioblitzes there are.
Actually, I have made almost as many request to Mike and Users for REMOVAL of tags as adding!
Perhaps see my https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/824066/
Seaweeds and Shieldbugs are currently on my wish list but I’d like to know if anyone objects or sees a problem