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A tree membership concept
Robert J.
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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

Robert J.
Poland
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RE: A tree membership concept
Noam
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Hi Robert,

 

You are right in your analysis,

but we deliberately chose this strategy, since our surveys show this is what most of our users want.

 

Most Genealogysts who use our site prefer to have their own private tree, and not a giant common tree,

the way some other companies implement it.

Note that a giant tree has its own drawbacks, in the areas of privacy and ownership of information.  

If you decide you want to build your own site, you can always ask the site manager to send you his Gedcom file,

If he is willing to.

 

Thank you for your feedback 

 

Noam / MyHeritage Team 

Noam
Israel
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RE: A tree membership concept
Eric Dalton
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You can open up a basic site of your own for free.
Eric Dalton
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RE: A tree membership concept [2]
Robert J.
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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.
Robert J.
Poland
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