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September 23rd, 2012

dee_burris: (Default)
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 09:51 am
I've had an account at Find a Grave for several years now.

I try to deal promptly with corrections for my records suggested by other folks, but there are things I won't do.

I will not copy and paste every census transcription for the deceased's natural life into the bio section.

I don't do verbatim transcription of obituaries unless I am sure that 1) there's not going to be a copyright infringement issue; and 2) I'm not making names of living survivors searchable.

Friday, I got another request from someone to add the cause of death cited in a news article to the bio field. The requestor had already asked me to do that several months ago, and I declined.

So she was asking again.

I emailed her and told her that I prefer to use the bio field for a real bio - information about the person while they were living, to flesh them out as a 3 dimensional human being - and I didn't think adding that this individual died of pneumonia contributed to that.

I also offered to transfer the record to her in the event that she felt very strongly that the record just could not be complete without the cause of death.

Haven't heard back from her...
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