I uderstand that I cannot enjoy bothe worlds, but I would encourage you to prevent access to pictures belonging to still living persons. I can live with the fact that someone copies a branch where I am a part - but I wouldn't like to see my picture in a familytree based on a faulty match.
I don't like current cocenpt of family pages because it makes using this site much more complicated. Let's consider a situation: I'm being send an invitation to a family tree (of over 2000 people!). I make an account, log in and start using the service. And now, what should become part of my own tree, is still sb elses. If I don't have an admin status I can't: change the person being displayed when I enter the tree, export the tree to a file and what's the biggest mistake - I'm part of somebodys' family site (It says 'Family site of XYZ' instead of my own). This approach comes with many drawbacks- the biggest is inefficiency in building common family tree (if I want to have my own tree I have to build it from scratch) - which should be the main purpose of this site! Moreover lots of additional data is being generated because people instead of participating in building one unite tree build their own ones, so many many people are being duplicated in the system (here's where Smart Match is in action). More data = bigger costs.
And now how it should look like( look at moikrewni.pl which you co-opt at a time): when I receive an invitation, I log in and I'm being passed to a part of a bigger tree (the one consisting of 2000 people! - which becomes my tree as well) where my profile is shown. Here I can complete any info, add additional people and so on. We work on the same tree but it's shown as my own (not 'Family XYZ'). Adventage: less data produced (don't have to build my own tree from scratch and duplicate data), much easier to cooperate (we work on the same tree), my profile is being viewed when I enter the family tree, I can export the tree to file, I'm not in somebody elses family tree site but in my own. Obviously I like the concept of a family site where we can store any info about family history and so on BUT it should be moved to a profile info or at least it should generate separate family site when someone accepts an invitation - but still share the same tree.
I find it the biggest drawback of this genealogy site, comparing to some others. Hope you will see the benefits of my solution. Regards
Yep, but that's not the point. I've already put some effort into this tree and now I'm being forced to recreate it. Adding 250 people with all their additional data (births, deaths etc.) would take much time. I'm not asking how to solve the problem - it's obvious that I can make my own tree. I'm just saying that the architecture and the general concept of this site could be done better.
I suggest that the statistics pages include setting where you can view statistics for only the descendants of a certain person or people or alternately to exclude the descendants of a person or people. For example my tree records anyone who shares an ancestry with either myself or my wife. A parameter could be built into the settings so that when you go in it displays the male heads of each branch. To qualify as a branch head the person has to be a male who does not have any recorded parents or parents in law. You then have the option to exclude any branch or any multiple branches from the stats and then submit to get revised stats.
When I started searching about using face recognition technology to help find relatives from these images, I stumbled across this site. I wanted to suggest that, if you are not already actively doing it, it could be helpful to ingest these photographs into your system. This sounds like a great way to help about the Library of Congress and at the same time gain some notoriety for your technology.
The usage of photos and face recognition with people search is a very touchy subject as it touches many of the delicates aspects of privacy. We are indeed using face recognition to allow users to better manage the photos within their own family sites. This allows users to enjoy the power of this technology without being afraid of any misuse or privacy abuse.
Right now you have to scroll all the way down on a person's Profile page, past all the source citations, to get to the 'Biography' section. Is it possible to switch the order of 'Biography' and 'Source citations', i.e. put 'Source citations' last on the page? Or at least have the option to do that? Please note: these 'source citations' are often redundant and sometimes erroneous due to beginner's ineptness, but so far I have found it impossible to have edits show up on this Profile page, so there can be a lot of useless information right up front!
I think it's very good you added sections like Recipes, Poll, Articles, etc to the Activities panel, however nobody has ever get to it, I have invited them using email and other techniques to see all the contents, but it appears they don't yet get to that part, they only use what's on the front page. I would love if there was a way to integrate a poll in the front page, or to be able to move the news section to the top, or to add a link to the homepage.
Also I have Facebook, but I can't auto publish my news into FB, I would like if there were a way to auto publish what we write in news, and also any new content in Activities, or even updates to the tree or tagging into FB.
Also, it would be great if we could, for example, chose one history in FB to publish in the site, for example, if some cousing had new photos of his children, send him an invite to have his content published in the site, with photos, that would be very nice. This would be a better way to integrate the family site and share with others.
For family search, I would like to have a way to list all FB peoples and choose the one that are part of my family, and so they could add all information from his profiles if they choose to do it, (sync profiles). Also if they could do the same and invite all of his relatives to the tree, and so on.
You are raising good points. The site activities that you mentioned will need to improved in order to get more user engagement. We are planning on doing some site changes in this section.
The Facebook integration is a bit tricky because the privacy issues are very important when it comes to exposing family information on the social networks. Most the content that is available in the family tree is too private to be easily shared on Facebook and the other social networks. The other way around is less of a problem. We will look into the possibility of allowing users who share content published on Facebook into their MyHeritage site.
Your comments and suggestions are very good. We will take them into consideration