Your suggestion is a valid one and thank you for brining this up. I will forward this as a suggestion for future updates to the software and hopefully this will be taken in to account by our development team.
In FTB, when comparing matches, different data is shown in red. This is a great thing, as it means I can quickly see what is the same and different beteen the matched people. It would be great to have the same colours used on the smart match page of the website. Currently, as I go down the list, I have to read the names, and dates, and sometimes parents etc before confirming. It would be SO MUCH better and quicker if different colours were used to highlight the same or different data.
It would help if the smart match page on the site would, under the other site manager's name, also show the last date that that site was updated. I find that I get "new" matches to sites that have not been updated for up to 6 years, and very seldom find anything worthwhile in those sites (since more recently updated sites have frequently already copied that data anyway). I would happily ignore any really old sites, and maybe make a dent in the number of smart matches waiting confirmation(cuurently over 28,000 - and whenever I check a couple of hundred, I seem to gain a few hundred more!)
We do offer the option to see when the tree you have a match with was last updated. I recommend you to click on the family tree > Smart Matches™ option in your website. Click on the "by family trees option", the default settings
and here after on the blue "view matches'" option at the right side. At the left upper side of this page, you will find the name of the family site, family tree, the number of the persons cards in the tree (you have a match with) and the date this family tree was last updated. This way you can decide if you want to handle this match or ignore it. You can find this ignore option above the list of all the matches. As a result you will no longer receive Smart Matches™ for this tree that you are being matched with.
The reason why we offer the "ignore tree" option instead of the "ignore site" option is due to the fact that webmasters often publish more than one tree in their websites. This way you will have the option to choose with which of the trees you do not want to have any further matches, instead of ignoring all the trees in the website.
Yes, not so long ago, I had matches to something like 11 trees on a site belonging to someone who seemed to create a new tree weekly. There was one match to each tree, and it was not a vlaid match anywa y.
Your comment about multiple trees on a site is a good one, but how about letting us users know when there is more than one tree on the site - perhaps a message on the matches notification that there is either (a) more eecent or (b) dated trees on the same site. We could then take appropriate action. I've found that older trees on the same site do not have any new information - they're just older copies of the same tree. Then again, perhaps if MH had an option for the users to indicate that it is an old tree - I know you can turn off smart matches for a tree, whixch is what I would do if it was a previous copy, but some people don't seem to do this - what I mean is that if a user creates a second tree, the site should say "do you want to continue matching to the previous tree" and then turn off smart matching to that tree, and cancel all matches to that tree.
I have similar problem: If I try "See family tree" I get for 0.6 sec. (second, not minute!) desired page but after 0.6 sec. it turns dead ("loading", but loadind for hours and days with clean (white) page). It appears from 2014 june the 02 d. Before that time - no problems. What happened? I therefore can't redact my family trees anymore...
I also use Internet Explorer (Windows 7 version), and have been using MyH at least twice a week for four years, and never seen that error. Do you have an outdated IE version? Or perhaps you have security settings or virus checker that get in the way?
When viewing matches via the web, it would be great if, rather than having everything in the one font, similiar things were in the same font, and different things were in red - the same as happens with FTB when viewing matches. It would also be ggreat if additional information is in yet another colour. This would greatly speed up comparing matches to decide whther to confirm or reject them, and also locate what information is additional to what I have. A lot of matches I look at have less information than I already have, so I could spned less time on those.
When I receive a newspaper article in record matches, all the surnames are clearly highlighted, but when you go to view the page to see what is actually in the content, nothing is highlighted, and I have spent an hour or more many times looking for the article and/or name shown in the record match and never did found it.
When a newspaper page is brought up for review, the same names should be highlighted for quick location of the content. Also, I have an uncle who is a pastor and every time he officiated at a wedding or funeral his name made the newspaper. I think there should be a setting that regulates the newspaper record matches on an individual profile basis, and regulates the type of newspaper record matches you receive. For instance, I don't care about any wedding or funeral he officiated at, but I do want to see articles where he received awards for whatever, or about family events.
I have another uncle who made the newspaper frequently also. He managed some major accomplishments in his line of work and I would like to have those articles. He also made the paper for breaking the law (drunk driving). How many people are really interested in a relative's dirt? In his case, it shows how he got into his line of work, but is that the case with everyone who breaks a minor law? If he had murdered someone, it might be different.
I have still another uncle (they're all brothers) who broke some more serious laws. Not murder, but serious enough. I never get a newspaper record match on him. Those I would like to see, simply because my mother, their sister, never mentioned one of those incidents. I didn't even get a whif of those stories until after he died, and then it was my brother who told me about them, but not in nearly enough detail.
Also, why do we have to save the entire newspaper page with a usually small article in it. Why can't we be allowed to seperate the article from the rest of the page and simply note name of newspaper and date.
For my pastor uncle, I have around 30, or maybe more record matches attached to his profile. Who wants to spend weeks going through all those newspapers, only to find one article you MIGHT want to keep, and many of those newspapers you won't even find his name on the page?!
As it stands now, you have two choices MyHeritage allowes: either you choose to receive newspaper stories for everyone in your tree, or you choose not to receive any newspaper articles for anybody in your tree. This needs to be changed.
This FTB Wizard is currently useless in dealing with, or even being aware of, the spate of updates documented and posted about in the Forums, and it must be corrected before you continue to issue bug fixes. The forums are full of comments about build 7.137, but the Wizard knows nothing of this. It tells me that my code is at 220.127.116.11, and that that means I am fully up-to-date. Some of you support people even answer quiries by showing users how they can edit URLs in order to get the build they want!
In the Overview/matches/compare tabs of the matches window in FTB, it would be good to be able to select multiple lines before clicking the "Change Status" button. I find sometimes there are 20 or 30 matches for a person, many of which indicate less relatives than what I already have (sometimes only 2 or 3 instead of 15 or 20), or the wrong dates of birth and death (i.e. not a valid match). I'd like to be able to select groups of these on the basis of the information in the window (dob etc) and at the same time. In databases this is normally done by holding down CTRL or SHICT and clicking on each one to be selected.