Firstly, does anyone from My Heritage read these posts? If so, do they ever answer or consider the data in them?
The other day I wrote specifically about the blatant, absurd use of the "Private" setting and it's shortfalls to having your matches confirmed or rejected. It very well may not be only the individual who is to blame for this. It may also be too much stringent control by My Heritage software. I have come to the point of refusing to do the "Smart Matches." for many sites and the reason is two-fold.
1. Many sites are using the "Private" setting which shows up in a large percentage of their requested "Smart Matches".
2. There are way too many individuals on many of the sites requested "Smart Matches."
I now have 21,860 smart matches awaiting confirmation / rejection. Many of the sites have re-submitted these and My Heritage sends them through. Of course it's not possible to just delete them and forget them. No, no. They must be dealt with. Some sites have over 100 individuals to be confirmed / rejected while others have well over 300 and some of these are duplicated. This is absurd. I suggest that in the sake of efficiency and of course my own well-being, the Heritage modify it's stringent control of all that is genealogy and give some of the control to the individual site masters.
I would like to see an update of the software that allows the individual site master to set the privacy settings in any number of manners. and
I would like to also see that a limit to the number of "Smart Matches" each site generates limited to say 50 maximum and only to be submitted once in say two months or until the request has been satisfied by the receiving site. There has to be some control because the way it is now, no individual can possibly work through all the smart matches requested of them. Perhaps confirming / rejecting an individual should result in all sites asking for the match on that individual and having the same pertinent data should be confirmed or rejected at once. This would cut down the repetative procedure of doing it for each site that has a request in on that individual.
Any one site should not receive any more than 200 match requests in any given month or have better control of the number they can handle and still have time for their own work.
Does anyone else have these problems??? Is anybody listening ????
Yes, we are listening. And we are in progress on a Smart Matching overhaul.
We've been very busy working on the Super Search, which will be released tomorrow. After that, it's back to normal duties and the Smart Matching developers will continue their work on the improvements to the Smart Matching system.
I'd like to point out that the privacy settings for your family site control who can visit your family site and the privacy settings for your tree are separate from the site privacy settings.
The privacy settings for your tree are located on the Family Tree > Manage Trees page. There you can turn off Smart Matching or control whether or not people are allowed to copy photos, etc.
We also recognize the need for consolidation of your privacy settings and we made the first move by adding the Account link in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This is where you find Account Settings and Site Settings.
In the near future, we'll put all the settings together in a much more convenient and easy to understand fashion.
Your suggestions and comments are recorded and we'll take them into consideration right away.
"Does anyone else have these problems??? Is anybody listening ???? "
Worst is, the ""-sites get our info....
And to add my 5 cents worth
1. Dates also seem to be ignored with Smart Matches JOHN DOE * 1606 --> JOHN DOE *1880 etc
2. Siblings with same names get swapped
MARY DOE * 1606 1607 --> MARY DOE * 1608 1688
MARY DOE * 1608 1688 --> MARY DOE * 1606 1607
Would not be that bad if the real matching sets also appears in the smart matches, but they don´t....