I am one of the lucky ones. Nearly ALL of my SmartMatches come from a relatively small group (never thought about how many but maybe fifty close and what? three hundred? total), most within Australia, who actually share tree members, many or a few. Maybe one per cent of matches (good or bad) come from others.
I reject quite a few where the proposed match is with maybe a father with the same names but of course different wife, different dates....different person.
And I match item by item, meticulously (though I still have mistakes in my tree...).
And a lot of my time is taken in correspondence with others about details; was this person born where it says in my tree or theirs? Are the children in their tree actually the children of his SECOND wife, who is not even in their tree?
An old lady actually asked if I was a school teacher because I seemed to like finding mistakes: I look at it the other way, I like to find the truth, and to work with others so there are less errors in the MH trees.
Ah. I guess part of my problem is with all the Swedish patronymica you get a few generations back. There are a lot of Anders Svenssons and Anna Nilsdotters out there, most of whom are false matches. It would really help if the list didn't contain "matches" where there are birth years for both parties and these are decades or a century apart. But as things are, it does.
Matching "dead babies" with persons with an adult lifespan ought to be possible to avoid. In cases where I have entered "dead babies" in the tree, to make the family structure visible, I regularly "ignore this person" as soon as I get a false match. (Don't know if I've ever had a true match for the poor kids).
Also, I have started ignoring Danish and Norwegian trees on a regular basis. Won't be missing much that way - but there's never an end to them, either.
I recognize the item by item matching as what I do with relevant matches and trees; turning back to the parish books to sort out the mismatches in details or hunt up new leads. That's what matches should be for.
I wonder how other people handle their lists of matches.
As I am currently visiting the site on a daily basis, I also keep my list clean on a daily basis, confirming (a few, but a few of those have been real findings) and rejecting (masses, which often takes considerable time, even done in bulk). I'm just thinking that if I don't handle new suggestions as they drop in, the whole thing will get too messy.
Have you given up housekeeping, or have you found some good methods to reduce time spent rejecting false matches?