Ok I did some digging, and I think I can offer us mostly relief!
I restored the database as it was on 5 Feb., 2021 (before I was involved in this particular community thread) in my test environment.
I’m happy to report that those extra, media-asset-less encounters in occurrence https://africancarnivore.wildbook.org/occurrence.jsp?number=Census_08-09_2.CHEETAH_Original_3_JohannMey were not there previously. As in, they were entirely absent rather than present and containing media assets (see attached side-by-side of older db [left] vs new [right] for this occurrence). Note the negative search result for “edf0” circled in red on the old version and the positive search result for “edf0” circled in red on the new version.
I am fairly confident that this means that the encounters were generated as a result of me continuously creating and deleting manual annotations, and we are free to delete them.
As for the encounter edf08006-dc86-42ef-9265-5b4145403b7b, which is the one associated with individual CH00015? It doesn’t exist in the older database at all, either. I’m guessing I just wanted to test whether assigning a match worked. Unfortunately, I did so many tests related to this bug fix that I cannot remember for certain.
So, largely good news of the variety of, “I only added things rather than changing existing things”.
The one thing that I am confused about is that this individual CH00015 seems to have many more encounters in the new database compared to the 5 feb, 2021 version. Specifically, as of 5 Feb., CH00015 was only associated with two encounters: 05fb252c-831d-4769-9878-af45c7941468 (https://africancarnivore.wildbook.org/encounters/encounter.jsp?number=05fb252c-831d-4769-9878-af45c7941468) and encounter b300f08c-95bc-41b6-89ba-12d89ef3e2f7 (https://africancarnivore.wildbook.org/encounters/encounter.jsp?number=b300f08c-95bc-41b6-89ba-12d89ef3e2f7). I wonder whether this increase reflects legitimate work that someone from ACW did since February 5th, given that the images of the new encounters for this individual aren’t familiar to me?
My recommendation would be to delete those encounters on the occurrence “Census_08-09_2.CHEETAH_Original_3_JohannMey” that are missing media assets. I will let y’all do this unless you explicitly ask me to do it.
I will leave the old version of the database up on http://dev2.unacceptablebehavior.org/ for you to check out yourself if you want (feel no obligation). If you navigate there and use your normal log in credentials, you’ll be able to compare that Feb. 5 snapshot to the current https://africancarnivore.wildbook.org/ version.
I will be out of the office next week, so feel welcome to continue perusing that test instance url next week. If you have any more questions about anything, I’ll be happy to answer when I return!
Many thanks for continuing to troubleshoot with me,