I, too have asked for the percentage filter, as well as a 'last modified' filter. If a tree hasn't been modified for a couple years, it is obviously stagnant. I'm hesitant to opt the 'ignore this tree' in case they come back and wish to expand. As soon as they log back in to their tree, the 'Last Updated' field will show current, therefore allowing the matches to once again present themselves.
Tofay I had quite a few single smart matches that I worked through.
This involved going to the tree tab of the smart match page, clicking on one of them, waiting for the match page to appear, reviewing the information, and confirming the match, AND THEN - I have to go back to the smart match page and wait for the whole 50 matches shown on the page to reload and appear before selecting the next one.
It would be better if I could click on a "go to next pending match" button so I wouldn't have to go back to the main page every time.
Try loading two copies of MH in separate TABS then you will already have the SmartMatches loaded in their own TAB. That's pretty much what I do.
P.S. But I have an even better advantage. My grandson works in IT and suggested my computer was very tired and maybe sick and needed a new motherboard. He said,'You would really like it to be faster...'
And now when I start it (seven second start-up...) I get a screen display with a vicious big dragon and the legend, 'Gaming motherboard'. It goes like the clappers!
I recently added 10 people using the "Add Discovery" only to find that one was a duplicate. The Discovery page is a great idea, but it would be so much better if there was some way of viewing and selecting which of the 10 people were to be added. For example, in FTB, when using the smart match page "merge" facility, we get a popup window allowing us to select which people, and even (through the "step-by-step") which data, to accept. That is a MUCH better way to do it.
Also, I had four separate discoveries in my list, and when I accepted one, and returned to the discoveries page, the other three had disappeared, leaving a message that discoveries were being sourced, and I should come back later.
In general your idea is great - EVENT can be a general genealogy element which does let to map participation of selected PERSONS. Same like maping PERSONS with PHOTO. This would open number of possibilities and would convert the system into HISTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
The problem is - MH intend to be GENEALOGY INFOMATION SYSTEM, it would be nice enough if MH would focus to make the GIS working smooth, inlcuding:
- fix of Tag loss incidents
- fix of GEDCOM export fails
- fix of improper URL interpretation
- fix of lost screen "News and Articles"
- fix of privacy issues
- fix of customer support process
- new function of record changes audit
- new function of duplicate persons merge
Keeping in mind, that none of a/m topics gets MH attention, it is very low probability that your great idea will be vitalized in the nearest 10 years.
The problem - if someone deletes a person after a smart match has been identified, it sometimes appears in your smart match list but with no information showing, and no way to delete/confirm/reject the match.
MH solution, as advised in email - wait, and it will eventually correct itself. (Can take some weeks.)
My workaround - go to a "previously confirmed" match and "undo confirm". Go back to "pending", and click on "confirm all". The blank match will disappear off the pending list.
When using the Smart Matches feature, it often suggests adding new relatives for the matched person.
In many cases, a relative is suggested even though he is alreay in my tree. This usually happens because of naming differences for that relative.
It is not unusual that Jewish immigrants have a Hebrew first name, as well as a local first name.
In one of the cases I've come across, Smart Matches keeps suggesting a relative named 'Joseph' even though I already have him as 'José' in my tree. Smart Matches thinks these are two different people even though they have the same dates of birth, spouse, children, etc.
Therefore, I suggest adding an option of manually merging such duplicates.
This is a minor irritant, but maybe has a simple fix. As a programmer myself, i know it only needs a few lines of code.
When copying information from matched people in a smart match (smart matches - "by people" tab, "view matches" button, "copy and edit details" button, the only data that can be easily copied, using the arrow button, is the most common entry. Usually this is a great and simple feature, however ...
Sometimes the most common data is not the most detailed. For example, I might get 130 matches to various trees where a location is recorded as "Wiltshire, England" and 40 where it is "England", and 10 where it is "Mere, Wiltshire, England".
Obviously, I want the "Mere, Wiltshire, England", but clicking the arrow would give me "Wiltshire, England" and then I have to type the extra bit. . I get around this by highlighting, copying, and pasting (click,drag,release,CTRL-C,move,click,CTRL-V) but it would be SO much easier if all the variations of address (and other details) appeared on separate lines, each with an arrow button, and I could choose which one to click and copy. Alternatively, I would like to click on one of the entries to indicate the one I want to copy.
Sorting by the longest entry instead of the most common entry would work much, but not all of the time.
There have been several requests, including from me, to alter the date/time information about posts to Forums, which presently are fixed to the topic's original author's entry. I am again requesting a change, but with a specific programming suggestion.
The date/time information shown is clearly a varying length character string, worded and formatted nicely. It would seem fairly easy to enhance that string by appending date/time information of the most recent reply posting. E.g., "One day ago, replied 8 hours ago". Let us know what you think!
This would be particularly helpful as there is now a number of threads on various boards that were started several months ago. It now requires that one has to wade through several pages, even if set at 50 entries/page, to find if some has updated a topic.
On the smart matches page, for both trees and people, there is a drop down box that allows one to select 5, 10, 25, or 50 matches at a time to display. Good idea, but when I change it to 5 (to save download time) it will change back to 50 after I return to it (after checking the matches). Frustrating. Please set the default to 5 at a time, and allow people to select 50 if tey have some need for it. This will greatly reduce the processing time at your end, and chew up less download space at our end.
I have found that some ancestors were born, married, or died on the day and month of my birth and was wondering whether it was possible to locate and list those people with some life event on a chosen day and month. Then I thought it would be even better to be able to print a calendar, using a selected or current year's dates, but with information from the family tree (e.g. along the lines of 'On this day" 1865 - birth of ...") inserted in each date space and with a collage of photos of the relevant people as the picture above the dates. Any dated information could be included, but there should be a checkbox of what the person wants included (e.g. birth, marriage, death, and the other fact types). Printed in colour, it would make a great gift, particularly if you could select the person it was for and get relationship information on it as well. You have something similar in the "familty events" page of the websites, but not in calendar format.
Hey, that's an idea in itself. Come on MH, it's been a few years since FTB was updated, how about a blog page where we can see what's happening - when is the next version due to come out, and who's user suggestions have been incorporated so far and who's are in the pipeline or not being acted on? How about entires like:
XYZ suggested blah blah blah ....... ready for next upgrade
WWW suggested blah blah blah .... currently being coded
ABC suggested blah blah blah .... under consideration
estimated time of next upgrade release .... mid 2016
The product suggestions page seems to be slowing down, sometimes goes weeks without an entry - is it because people are giving up? That would be a tragedy, as I am very satisfied with FTB and the website, except for a few things I think could be better and more convenient and user-friendly.
Currently, in the smart matches, to view them one must click on the "View Matches" button, which opens another page (allowing some great options - no problem there). But then, to return to the smart matches page, it takes time to apparently download the information all over again, judging by the flickering light on the modem and the lengthy time delay.
Would it not be better to be able to right-click on the orange button and "open in new tab". One could then return to the smart match page without waiting for the page to download all over again (yes, I know it won't be up-to-date, but so what - I can remember where I've got up to) . Many sites have this "Open in new tab" feature on buttons, don't know why MH doesn't.
Faster, less computer time, and less internet usage, and less delay at yuor end. No downside ?
A similatr option on the "Previwe Match" button would also be good!
Hi, there@s gotta be a function that invites people to see the family tree, but not write (read, not write) Otherwise, people can totally screw up the site. Many family members would be interested in viewing the kinfolks, but there is no way I´ll let in anybody to "contribute" after I spend days in public records to find credible information. This function is essensial!