I've just gone through 87 new matches, and only five of those were correct matches, so the rest was just a waste of time. I would like to have some settings where I can decide how close they should be.
If the years of birth or death are 200 years apart, I don't want to know about it (a useless match). For crying out loud, why is that even considered a match! Up to 50 years is acceptable if I could decide.
If none of the names match, I don't want to know either.
If not at least 50 % of the information match, I don't want to know.
Another thing that annoys me is the sorting of matches. Why do sites with 0 matches stay in the list higher up than sites with 5, 7, 10 or any number of correct matches no matter how I sort them? It doesn't make any sense.
Thank you for the messages. Smart matches are dynamic and dependent on two parties, this means that there can be delays when processing trees if for example the tree you matched with is very large. It can happen that when the new smart matches are populated into your tree in family tree builder you will see no matches for a short time until our servers can finish the processing.
A new mechanism for calculating Smart Matches is already in our developer's hands and is on the road map as part of Smart Matches improvements. This new mechanism will reduce the number of false positive matches you get. It's much more robust than our current system. We are not making any promises about time frames for release of this new system - there is still a lot to understand about the scope of the project before we can define and promise a time - but I thought you would be interested to know it's in the works.
We are also looking at the possibility of allowing you to configure your matches to show only a certain percentage of quality. It means you will be able to say "I only want to see matches that are above 80%" and then you won't have to be bothered with all the other, lower quality matches. If we can add this feature relatively quickly we will.