Can anyone identify this plant? I need to care for it but I can't figure out what it is. It has some red berries, interesting stems, and new leaves unfurl from the ends of the stems.

@holly If you have trouble here, I highly recommend posting it to (they have one of the best phone apps out there too, which respects your privacy and lets you identify plants and animals on the go)

@darius That's a good idea.. I have iNaturalist on my phone but I always use iSeek instead. But in this case it couldn't get more specific "monocot".

@kmicu @holly ah. well that sucks. I was mostly impressed that they offered a mode where you could use the app without signing up for their service.

@kmicu @holly looking into it more because it doesn't seem right to me. iNaturalist has no ads that I can see, and their privacy policy specifically states that they don't give data to third parties. There isn't even an option to do anything with facebook. I am guessing the static analysis is pulling a false positive because it doesn't track at all with what I know from being a several-years user of the app/site.

@kmicu I would not be at all surprised if the facebook tracker and code is in there but just disabled. it seems like they use a "build your own app" type package to create the app, and those tend to have these things in the code somewhere even if disabled.

@darius could you link to that privacy policy?

“We share IP addresses, User agent strings …, and information relating to software stability … and behavior (e.g. the sequence of screens visited) with several analytics services. These processors include the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, Google Analytics, Google Firebase and New Relic.”

@kmicu That's the one. It mentions analytics, which is different (to me) from resale and cross-site tracking for ad networks.

@kmicu I was in error when I said "don't give data to third parties" I should have said "don't give important personal data that breaches your privacy in a way that matters to malicious third parties"

@kmicu But also I probably have a very different tolerance for data sharing and privacy stuff than you do. I still think this is overall respectful of a user's privacy.

@darius I think they genuinely have good intentions but, in practice, sharing IP, using Google Maps, and more things like that from their privacy policy let third parties indirectly but also trivially identify us.

Personally I can see how good intentions make that policy respectful, so I would say that iNaturalist respects my privacy but it does not protect it.

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