Thanks for the feedback, @Tacitsci - we actually had a choice whether to allow all project participants to verify evidence or just project admins. I thought it would be fun (and quicker!) to allow all members to take part!
We don't want to be stringent here at all - hopefully the more people see & hear about citizen science through badges, the more of them will become interested and want to continue to participate. Since our requirements for issuing the badges have been low (just register or make one contribution if the projects requires it to see you as participant), we've kind of been taking it easy.
In the future, when we start to give out badges for actual contributions and/or skills and knowledge gained in citizen science projects, we'll set up more stringent requirements. And - that's a very great suggestion - we can share clear guidelines with other members in the project (i.e. other badge earners) about verifying evidence, if we allow them to do that!
In any case, you can of course just ignore the requests for evidence if you're not sure about it - they should show up in my (admin) or other member's dashboard and we can verify it (or not).
And also a good idea for BadgeCraft - we could suggest a feature to them that would only send evidence requests to people who have gained that particular badge!! In that case, only actual legitimate earners, i.e. people already familiar with that project or activity, would be able to verify evidence.
Thanks much for this feedback @Tacitsci - it's very useful as we continue to build on this badge experience!!! And thank you for verifying part of the evidence - takes the load off of admin (me ) a bit!!
Does anyone else have any feedback to share about this challenge, badges, BadgeCraft or else? All thoughts welcome!!!