Which is worse “A fig by many names” or “Many names for a fig” Personally It annoys me more when I obtain a fig that that not true to name, than when I receive a fig someone named that turns out to be something else I already have. It’s only a slight annoyance anymore as it comes with the territory, with the exception of those that live in wasp territory or dabbling with hand caprification every fig already has a name, and likely more than one name. I like others really like to see the Unk or Unknown retained in the name somewhere at least until that is grown around and a number of folks have had a chance to compare it to possible suspects, but I am not going to lose any sleep over it if someone doesn’t keep the Unk somewhere attached in the name. I have seen in time many seem to lose the Unk tittle when grown about anyway which is probably just as well when there as been no definitive ID and the fig is in wider circulation. Figs have been renamed as long as there have been figs, and unless you have to have it before anyone else you will likely see comments on what it resembles and something you want to pursue. Anyone that expects the “NEXT” fig to be light years above the many fine figs probably needs a reality check anyway, but I understand the desire and the quest to know, and sometimes try to check myself multiple times a day.
I will state what bothers me much more than someone naming a fig they found, and it goes back to my initial statement. I don’t care for getting cultivar not true to type. And I have commented a couple times when I see someone come on ask for identification of a fig, get a couple opinions and then immediately begin trading as that cultivar. I really don’t care who you are there are very few figs that unique that could not be mistaken for another fig just judged by a couple pictures. The commonality of which some cultivars such as Celeste have been grown really makes some IDs pretty reliable, but I don’t think many times when someone expresses a possible name they expect the person to label absolute based on that input. But when it comes down to it I have discarded labels when I determined figs not true to name and accept it as part of this hobby, and while unless I have noted a pattern of quick to label all I really do is give feedback to the source in a friendly manner, or just write it off and make a menatl note to self. But I really had to retain myself when I saw someone ask for ID on forum get a opinion and within 24 hours list as that cultivar on EBAY without any mention of question on id. It really comes down to you. If you are serious about figs to reading and asking for your sources back as far as you can find and dealing with those you believe care for correctness.
I know I did not address the original question, but others have, and I just added input on things I would like folks to consider when they have a fig they need to call something, as we all need a manner to reference a fig, even if we never have a desire to name one .
Best figs to all