I understand you sometimes receive Smart Matches, that do not match the individual in your tree exactly. We are currently working on improving the Smart Match system. I Can't make any promises about time frames for the 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.
Within the Family Tree Builder you can set criteria for Smart Matches in Family Tree Builder by clicking on "Tools" and on "Options" and choose "Smart matching".
Konrad, you will probably also get a canned answer in private email from staff, part of which says that they are working on a completely new system for the SmartMatches, they just cannot give any information about the planned release date.
So, waiting and hoping and meanwhile rejecting hundreds of false matches.
On the other hand, and to be fair (and no, I don't get any freebies) :
I have built my tree from around twenty to over five thousand, USING SMART MATCHES.
And I have built my wife's family tree from maybe twenty to nearly fifteen hundred, USING SMART MATCHES.
And I am currently working through my wife's tree for the sixth time, USING SMART MATCHES. Using just her tree, indexing by People and Last Name. Finding new people, new details, checking item by item.
So there is one happy experience.
PS You said 'Is there any places I can set up the Match criteria for my Family tree ,as : First Name, Surname, Places, Country ?'.
So, in more detail this is what I do;
At my left hand I have a notebook, A4 spiral bound or similar; I just use it to write down each name. I have two screens and on the right I have the web tree; set to Family Tree, Smart Matches, with my wife's tree selected at the little arrow on the top right; then I select People, Last Name, and the page (which I note in my book). And I just use the names in the web site, those that show 'matches to confirm' as an index to find the new names or names to be reviewed.
The left screen I have set to Smart Matches and this is where I make the changes using Family Tree Builder.
Konrad, See THIS FAQ to set the match criteria for the online tree. It doesn't give you very much control at all.
In Family Tree Builder, click the Help button and be sure you have downloaded the latest version of the Users Guide. Then go to p. 439, Configuring Smart Matching. It doesn't have much of an explanation (in fact, none at all!), but play with the settings. Set the First Name field to NO and set the Last Name field to Very strict, or Exact names only.
It's not entirely what we as users want, but this will get rid of some of the worst of your matches. It will possibly filter out some good matches, too, unfortunately. Back the settings off until you get a level of quality that is tolerable.
Eva, yes, we all look forward to the release of the New Improved Smart Matches (NISM) and hope that they live up to their name.
I'll take this opportunity to mention that Geoff does not simply merge the SMs but does due diligence and careful fact-checking before he incorporates them into his tree.
I hope the NISM incorporates your excellent suggestions, Geoff
Tom I put this here because you also had a couple of apposite (great word, I only learnt it a few years ago...) comments on the system; also so it becomes the last in the forum and people are more likely to read it...
It is a mystery to me why, when a post is deleted, it is ascribed to "Deleted Member".
I saw it a few times and thought,"Oh, golly, someone has been, if you will, drummed out of the regiment. In front of a full ceremonial parade, his sword broken across the knee of the regimental sergeant major and his insignia of rank and regiment ripped from his uniform... "
But I think it might mean 'We have deleted the post and the name of the writer has also been deleted'. Dull boring stuff, no slow, dramatic tap, tap, tap of the single side drum...
So why don't they SAY 'Member's NAME deleted" ?
Whichever way you read it, 'Deleted Member' is incorrect. He has not been killed! And he apparently has not been removed from the membership roll.