On the smart matches page, for both trees and people, there is a drop down box that allows one to select 5, 10, 25, or 50 matches at a time to display. Good idea, but when I change it to 5 (to save download time) it will change back to 50 after I return to it (after checking the matches). Frustrating. Please set the default to 5 at a time, and allow people to select 50 if tey have some need for it. This will greatly reduce the processing time at your end, and chew up less download space at our end.
I have found that some ancestors were born, married, or died on the day and month of my birth and was wondering whether it was possible to locate and list those people with some life event on a chosen day and month. Then I thought it would be even better to be able to print a calendar, using a selected or current year's dates, but with information from the family tree (e.g. along the lines of 'On this day" 1865 - birth of ...") inserted in each date space and with a collage of photos of the relevant people as the picture above the dates. Any dated information could be included, but there should be a checkbox of what the person wants included (e.g. birth, marriage, death, and the other fact types). Printed in colour, it would make a great gift, particularly if you could select the person it was for and get relationship information on it as well. You have something similar in the "familty events" page of the websites, but not in calendar format.
Hey, that's an idea in itself. Come on MH, it's been a few years since FTB was updated, how about a blog page where we can see what's happening - when is the next version due to come out, and who's user suggestions have been incorporated so far and who's are in the pipeline or not being acted on? How about entires like:
XYZ suggested blah blah blah ....... ready for next upgrade
WWW suggested blah blah blah .... currently being coded
ABC suggested blah blah blah .... under consideration
estimated time of next upgrade release .... mid 2016
The product suggestions page seems to be slowing down, sometimes goes weeks without an entry - is it because people are giving up? That would be a tragedy, as I am very satisfied with FTB and the website, except for a few things I think could be better and more convenient and user-friendly.
Currently, in the smart matches, to view them one must click on the "View Matches" button, which opens another page (allowing some great options - no problem there). But then, to return to the smart matches page, it takes time to apparently download the information all over again, judging by the flickering light on the modem and the lengthy time delay.
Would it not be better to be able to right-click on the orange button and "open in new tab". One could then return to the smart match page without waiting for the page to download all over again (yes, I know it won't be up-to-date, but so what - I can remember where I've got up to) . Many sites have this "Open in new tab" feature on buttons, don't know why MH doesn't.
Faster, less computer time, and less internet usage, and less delay at yuor end. No downside ?
A similatr option on the "Previwe Match" button would also be good!
Hi, there@s gotta be a function that invites people to see the family tree, but not write (read, not write) Otherwise, people can totally screw up the site. Many family members would be interested in viewing the kinfolks, but there is no way I´ll let in anybody to "contribute" after I spend days in public records to find credible information. This function is essensial!
MH Family tree shall be not my personal object but my family common object (asset).
MH Online platform shall be family collabration platform.
In my family tree there are 188 members, they all have read/write/delete rights.
So far there was no single incident of data destrution made by members.
All the problems (if any) were created by not ideal world (software).
For sake of assurance and to manage incidents (if any) I was proposing (and call you to suport this need) to implement record change/crete/edit/delete Audit Trail Log, available for site administrator.
Once this would be available, debugging would be easy.
The bicycle is invented already, e.g. Wiki Foundation Record change Log/Restore.
Currently as long as you are happy that those people cant see living members of all your tree then in the "Privacy" settings - 'site' > 'access' -
"Select whether limited information in your site can be viewed by guest users who are not members of your site.
Note: guests can never edit any information, and can never view information about living people in your family trees.
Allow guests to view limited information in my site" set to 'yes'
But if are wanting invitees to view the details of 'living' people then you will have a long wait for MH to add a hierarchica record access management system (as suggested by Arvidas Neniškis some 110 days ago)
In the Smart Matches page on the website, I can sort by relationship, which is a very useful tool, but it shows bothe confirmed and unconfirmed matches. Really, I do not need to see the previously confirmed matches as I have already extracted all the information from those sites. It would be great to have a filter options to "just show unconfirmed matches" while leaving all the actions intact. It would save scrolling through pages of confirmed matches to locate some new ones.
I have looked into the SmartMatch list and seen wht you have mentioned. This is a great suggestion and one that I have put forward to our development team for possible inclusion with future site upgrades.
I am getting discouraged from checking smart matches.
I have over 5500 people in my tree, and almost 34000 smart matches, of which I have checked over 20000. For the last few times when I've started looking for more information, I end up checking 100-200 matches to locate only a couple of pieces of new information. The problem is that the bulk of the matches left have got their information from the same source as I have - and often from my own website (a number of photos that I have uploaded have popped up with a match, so I think that that person has copied the information from my site).
I can see two possible fixes :
Firstly, don't show me a match to a tree which has copied the information from my tree. This could be an option somewhere, if you think that someone may want to see these matches to try to locate relatives not in their own tree, but I think that if they have copied the details from my tree, it is unlikely that they would have added information that I do not know about, especially concerning close relatves.
Secondly, don't show me a match at all uless it contains information that I do not already have (e.g. a day and month, when I only have a year). It is very frustrating to do a "view match" only to find out that the matched site has less information than I already have (e.g. a year only, when I have a full date). Again, this could be set as an option if you think someone would actually want to view matches that do not supply further information. Of cuorse, the site with less information would still get a match alert, and I would be notified to confirm the match.
I currently have over 50 pages of smart matches waiting to be checked, and it worries and frustrates me that there may be valuable and desired informatuion buried somewhere that will take me 10 years to find simply because my time is being wasted confirming smart matches that do not supply extra information.
I understand the concerns you have put forward and will be sure to mention these suggestions to our development team.
The SmartMatch system however works on very complicated algorithms and what you have suggested may or may not be able to be included due to the amount of time required to carry out such changes. I am sure however they will consider the suggestions you have brought forward.
I hope what I suggested will actually REDUCE the amount of time spent in the Smart Match engine. Since you calculate the percentage match, that means that somewhere along the way, you are comparing each datum in both trees. That's when you could have another variable to store whether the tree has further information than my tree.
Several month ago I was in contact with you by phone but havnt seen or heard any reaction to my suggestion:
-I would like to see that you add "family finder" as a single option for DNA-test with a good price as the rest of them with FTDNA.
Please keep me updated if I should wait and buy here or I need to contact FTDNA direcly
BR // Tomas
After using the Instant Discovery feature, I have people that were married at 160 , having kids in their 190s, and others that got married before they were born. Obviously these entries have major issues.
I know I can just delete the people, but I hope there is some bit of good information. I would like to be able to mark these folks as questionable or needing new research. This would help others from copying bad info (and keep it from being used in the instant discoveries) and help me remember who I need to research more.
In the mean time, I won't use the Instant Discovery feature anymore.