Gremlins againnnn

Yes I’ve found that too - what I tend to do now if I have multiple photos is upload the obs with just one, then add the others one by one using the edit function

Are other people finding that the changes tracker is working properly? It may have been me missing something but I discovered that some of my observations had received agreements and I’m pretty sure that there was no notification highlighted under changes tracker.

I was surprised to find a identification which had not come up on the tracker when looking through the equinox observations

As far as I can make out, the tracker records the date and time of your visit early on in its process. This means that, regardless of whether it then manages to do its job or not on that occasion, it will use that date and time to work out what it should show you the next time you visit so any changes prior to that time will never be highlighted.
To put it another way
Visit A - tracker works: changes since last visit are highlighted
Visit B - tracker fails: “No changes available”
Visit C - tracker works: changes between visits B and C will be highlighted but those between visits A and B will never be highlighted.
It’s tempting to suggest that the tracker should only record the date and time after it has successfully completed but then it would miss any changes made between the time it is called and the time it completes.

I don’t often go to the site’s home page, preferring to go straight to the activity tracker, but paying a rare visit today I find that the latest observation photos are not showing even after re-loading the page. (Desktop, W10, Chrome.)

I also note the update about recent problems which I had missed: many thanks.

Since 2017 the Tracker has been ‘faulty’
It shows in yellow, all the changes since your last enquiry.
Refresh the page and ALL the yellow disappears
So, in difficult times, when you TRY to access the tracker and fail, it is likely that the ‘switch’ gets set to zero (no yellows) and so a subsequent attempt will show NO yellow.
For a long time, since that day in 2017 I have been asking for the old system to be reinstated.
1a here Improvements requested
Yellow remains UNTIL the Observation is opened. Something like @Chris_Valentine @miked

That would seem to be a possible solution to the problem, DejayM.

Can’t recall if Dejay was involved in testing the current version of the tracker but we did identify that the current version was not like the old version and we wanted the old version as it was much more sensible.
But the external programmers said it was impossible or rather they refused to do it so we ended up with this version or nothing.
Now I suspect it would be very difficult to put back but it is something that is in our longer term plans looking 6months or a year ahead.

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… and it had been going quite well recently until …

He was and it was VERY high on the Error Report sheets of the day. but we need to keep assuring those who don’t know about the past hopes, tests and difficulties and to encourage them to ask for more

The first few days (maybe 10) of the 2017 recode there was NO tracker, that very nearly caused me and plenty of others, to leave.
It took a long time (to 2021) to get our OWN activity removed from the Changes tracker - which was DUPLICATED in the Activity tracker for years.
If we don’t ask we may not get, or it gets forgotten

I’ve just added a lacewing observation, date of obs 1 Sept 2022. After completion I saw the date was given as 31 Aug 2022, so I went into edit to correct it, but in the input screen it does say 1 Sept 2022.

The observation date automatically fills in with the data file date generated by the camera when the photo was taken. I have never tried editing this.
The date the observation was posted will be the date when you click the button to post it in the event where you start typing before midnight and complete after midnight.

No, the photos were taken on 3 October. The specimen is pickled so date of photo is unrelated to date of observation. Maybe you use a different system to upload observations. I do it through the website and you are prompted to fill in the details manually. I have never previously had the date altered by iSpot from what I had set it to.

I’ve been to it. The date is as you wanted. The Date of Observation can be changed via edit, it is sometimes useful when the first photo is out of Chrono-sequence to subsequent ones in the Observation. I sometimes (over?) use an annotated photo as the first, but which was created a few days later or sometimes months before
I also know, from experience, that in camera settings have wrong dates and that Images have that date in Properties. Worth checking date settings in the camera.

I personally would in the case of a preserved/pickled specimen use the “pristine” date from the label on the preserving jar where the “pristine” date is the date when it was still alive.
A camera memory stick it the modern day preserving jar for most things with few exceptions.

Of course one would use the date when it was found. That is what I did.

The issue with the date seems to be caused by this laptop. On a different laptop last night, the date of observation was correct. This morning, this laptop still shows 31 August. So not an iSpot gremlin.

Anyone else unable to see any photos currently?

Yes, me.
Just posted an observation - none showing.

Can’t get into ‘Your iSpot’ either.