This seems like a time waster to me. Half the matches are from sites that have had NO activity in years. What is the point of matching with someone if they never update their site? I think the way to do it is to just answer if someone else asks for a match. The way Wiki tree does it is a better system.
I wonder...Does it MATTER if sites have no recent activity? If details are not updated?
Surely all that matters is that the information was accurate in the first place??
What if I die? The information in my tree, which I have spent over two years compiling, will still be valuable to others. Facts about the lives of the people in my tree will not change, though someone else may make a correction or an addition to the information...(and this is something I think MH should make possible; it could be an addition to my "deceased owner" tree with the name of the person who made the comment shown)
Dear Mary Kathleen, Dear Geoff, Thank you both for your posts. Mary Kathleen - I understand your idea: having a site which shows no obvious activity for some time seems to be odd - but I agree with the suggestion from Geoff: In case of Genealogy, it is much more important that the information in the tree is accurate – valuable data does not necessarily mean that is has to be data that has been updated recently. However, you might – although you do not see obvious recent activity – still try to contact someone from another family site regarding a Smart Match. For that you can use the Contact Site Manager link, which is located at the top of a particular Smart Match. Let me know if you have further questions on this. Best regards, Shlomi
I think the biggest issue with matching is that - if (say you) post a tree with incorrect data- might be easy like a birthdate - wrong.
Some time later you become offline- either pass on or just simply cease to subscribe.
Your incorrect data CANNOT be altered and many others see the incorrect data that has been "copied- ad naseum" and THAT data becomes the FACT and - is inherently wrong- the error just gets perpetrated.
WHERAS- if ytou pots dat that is in error and you are still live and valid- the "matcher" can contact you- a debate ensures and if you are proven in error- you would edit you data- and all is sweet.
But that can only happen ifd the poster of the data is still current.
I agree pretty much with what you say, there is a problem where sites like this cannot be ALTERED. But that does not mean that the information could not be placed in the tree!
That is why I suggested MH allow COMMENTS to be added by MH members though they may not be able to change the original tree. With a suitable heading and icon....(Another genealogy program allows comments in their birth certificate etc. section with a big pencil icon and the comment in heavy green with the name of the member who put it in)
So in a recent important anomaly I found; if I could not contact the site owner (deceased or not now a subscriber or whatever) I might place this COMMENT in the tree:
"The photo of the gravestone in this tree does not seem to be of (not the name) Mary Ann born Smith; a check of the birth and marriage records shows that the person shown on the stone as her husband, John Jones, actually married Mary Ann born Tremellen. I can find no record of a husband of Mary Ann born Smith. Geoff Stewart".
And it would be great if new comments could be 'tagged' (? whatever) so that they show up in exactly the same way as smart matches
Dear Geoff, Thank you for your post. What you suggest seems like a very valuable addition – I will forward that to the respective department for future consideration. Thanks again and best regards, Shlomi
This is actually a further development from the simple idea of a big green question mark 'watermark' that could be placed on suspect profiles or matches. Which is still good but this would allow a place for explanation.