When members receive a "Calendar alerts" email, they sometimes don't recognize a person who'se birthday is coming up. Especially when there's no picture available and because given names are mentioned rather then (better known) nicknames.
The more curious of these members may want to know what their relation with that person is.
If they ask me, I tell them to go the the home page of the family website, look for the person in the "Upcoming events" list, click on the name and then on the "Relationship to me" link.
(Which is a very nice feature, I must add).
It appears however that both lists are different (for the same user).
If the preferences setting "Family distance: Close relatives" is selected, not all people mentioned in the "Calendar alerts" email appear in the "Upcoming events" list.
I wonder whether this is behaviour by design.
Anyway, it would be very convenient if the name in the mail is clickable, directing the user to the person's profile, from where you could continue by clicking the "Show in tree" or "Relationship to me" links.
Hope you find this a useful contribution,
Harry du Mez,
Thanks for the excellent suggestion. It's great to hear you and your family find the calendar alerts useful.
By design the Upcoming Events on your home page show events for close relatives only. As long as the person visiting your site is associated to your family tree they will see upcoming events for their closest relatives.
Your site members can set preferences for the scope of events they receive in their calendar alerts. They can choose to get events for close family only, or all family members.
This can be done by logging in, visiting the family site and clicking on Settings > My Preferences. Each member needs to do this on his or her own - there is no global setting for Site Managers on this one.
If members want to find a person in the tree I recommend using the Family Tree > People page. Here you can search any name in your family tree and view the relationship to that person by clicking on the name and choosing Profile.
Your comment on the 'Upcoming Events' issue is that the homepage lists 'close relatives',
while the 'Calendar alerts' depend on the scope set in the preferences.
Well most of my members, including myself, have this set to 'Close relatives' too.
So the settings of the lists on both places should match.
There is however a difference.
As an illustration of that I composed an attachment from several screenshots.
At the top of the image you see part of my preferences.
To the left is part of the e-mail I received yesterday (Jan. 19).
To the right is a detail of the homepage of my site today (Jan. 20).
So the 'tomorrow' event is not listed anymore.
The 1st and 3rd under the green header also appear on the homepage,
the 2nd is missing. Maybe that's the one people wonder about.
The items 4-7 are also missing.
The wedding anniversary on Jan 31. is not announced in the mail,
the last there is an event on Jan. 29.
My question 'is this behaviour by design?' concerns this difference.
Maybe it's just because, by design, the number of items in the 'Upcoming Events' list
is more limited then the mail.
Anyway, this level of convenience is not enough, so that I can tell my members to
"just click the name on the homepage".
Doing a search is cumbersome.
For starters you have to switch to the 'Family tree' tab.
Which initially shows the Ajax loading indicator.
Newbie users are impressed by that and tend to wait for the tree graphic to load.
Next step is to click "People".
If you search for "Cornelis van Noort" on my tree you get 14 hits.
8 of which are dead. The 'advanced' option isn't of any help here,
because you can't filter on living people.
It helps though, that people having their birthdays are decorated by balloons.
This path to somebody's profile requires more steps than a simple link in the e-mail.
Regards, Harry du Mez
PS. I'm not sure the attachment was added succesfully, after I clicked the Add button the list below it stayed empty. So if it's missing send me an e-mail address I can post it to.
Indeed the attachment was not added. You can send it to email@example.com, ATTN: Jaiel.
Even without the attachment I can say that your suggestion to make it more simple for members to get information about a person in the tree is well made and will definitely be part of our upcoming improvements.
We are working right now on a project to improve the genealogy page (the page that contains a person's information from the family tree including facts that you've added) and make it much more attractive with a lot more information so we'll surely be making it easier for people to get there.
Jaiel--does this project include a direct link from both family tree pages to the Genealogy page just like there is one now from a tagged photo? For two years I and several other members have been waiting for a direct link to the 'Notes and Sources' from the family tree, at present feasible only in a round-about way, which is complicated and a pain in the neck--this direct link would cover this, I think. Would this project also take care of the truncation of additional facts on the family tree page's 'classic view'? Is there an estimated completion date for this project? I love your program and spend many happy hours with it, fewer and fewer of them frustrating. Have a wonderful 2010!
Yes the new page is designed to let you easily get to notes and sources for a person and go to the family tree in one click.
The limitation of characters in the online family tree editor has already been fixed. You should have no problem to add as much text as you would like in the description field of a fact in either the Classic or Modern view of the tree.
The team wishes you all the best for a happy new year!
Hi Jaiel--I upload my tree from the FTB. On the website Classic View tree, THE FACTS ARE STILL TRUNCATED. On the website Modern View, the facts show up fine and complete. Is there a reason for this? I do so look forward to that direct access from the Family Tree page to the Genealogy page and therefore the Notes and Sources! Thanks for your quick response.