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Re:Find Ancestors : Help for WDYTYA

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WayneTracey Report 22 Feb 2012 00:09

I'm working all day Saturday and gigging all saturday night. I'm recovering Sunday daytime and then leaving for a gig in London early evening.

If they'd of made a more polite approach towards myself/us i'd be inclined to 'pop' my head in and help out a bit.... and show my shiney side.

...but as they are using blind assumption, and complete ignorance towards our time served efforts here (not just now but for the last several years) I don't see why we should help?

It appears they understand we are the heart of the site, but strangely don't seem to want to reflect that in our subs or reflect it in our assistance done here.

I'm not saying we should 'boycot' this weekend....but i'm certainly legitimately busy!! ;-) :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 22 Feb 2012 01:24

oh, I'll probably be around, as I usually am ................ and will try to help if I can

but I'm just imagining all those "I'm looking for 'Joe Blow' " requests, that just have to have questions asked in return, such as when, where, relationship etc, .................. but we won't get any answers because the laptop will have been given to the next person in line


then we'll get all the conjectures trying to find "Joe Blow" without any evidence or proof, or even suggestion, that people are following the correct one

Fine showing for us, and for GR!

and .................. I thought earlier this afternoon ..................

is the GR server up to it???????

Just remembering the various chaotic times when the site has been opened up!



jax Report 22 Feb 2012 01:33

I was thinking the exact same thing Sylv :-D

As it will be while the show is on 9-5 or whatever, you will have to get up early to help

Looking forward to see how this is going to work



MaureeninNY Report 22 Feb 2012 01:39

Well,I wish them luck.

I do hope they provide some further explanation/guidelines for us soon. (and hopefully they'll post it where we can all see it-not just on FB!).



SylviaInCanada Report 22 Feb 2012 04:27

:-D :-D

wouldn't that just be the bees' knees!


jax Report 22 Feb 2012 06:04

It is a good idea, but If it is a post a request and go......No

Do GR not look at these boards and see the constant "which country" "wnen was he born" ect

I hope they give some guidelines on how to post before they are let loose



WayneTracey Report 22 Feb 2012 08:12

Yes i see you point, someone posting at 10am on Saturday might not be able to return to their post til maybe 8pm.

They're gonna have an awful lot of posts whereby there is only 1 post by the OP then a whole lot of post using conjecture and guesswork because no-one has been back to answer questions.

Hmmmm, that's not exactly showing a fast flowing site is it?

T x


Reggie Report 22 Feb 2012 09:38

An ill-conceived 'bright' idea, dreamed up by someone who has no concept of how help is actually given on the boards.

If the plan is to use only one thread, the obvious answer is for the long-standing 'helper' members to totally ignore it.


Genes Advisor Report 22 Feb 2012 10:12

Hi guys,

Having read your replies and responses to our earlier post regarding this weekend we just wanted to answer a few of your questions.

1. The laptop being used for 'Find Ancestor' requests will be manned at all times by a member of the Genes Team and we will be advising and guiding people on the kind of things they post. This way you should not get questions that do not hold enough detail for you to answer.

2. Only 1 laptop will be available for requests on the day so we do not foresee any issues with overloading the site. We will start a new post for each request so that posts are easy to follow. All posts will be posted using the WDYTYALive board name.

3. As a gesture of thanks and appreciation for anyone helping answer these posts, we will extend your current membership by 1 month for any member who responds in a helpful manner to threads posted under the board name WDYTYALive.

4. There will be 8 other laptops available and all the records are free to view on the day, so it will be unlikely you will be asked to do basic look-ups. The posts are most likely to be calling on your expertise of the records and general family history knowledge.

I hope this answers your questions. If you have any specific questions or suggestions as to other ways we can showcase the boards in future please email



Lindsey* Report 22 Feb 2012 11:16

I could be so very helpful for a box of chocs and some bubbly :-D


GlitterBaby Report 22 Feb 2012 11:58

3. As a gesture of thanks and appreciation for anyone helping answer these posts, we will be giving 1 months free membership to any member who responds in a helpful manner to threads posted under the board name WDYTYALive.

Might be worth it then but it depends on who makes the decision as to whether the member has responded in a helpful manner


MaureeninNY Report 22 Feb 2012 12:05

Lindsey-you are shameless! ;-)

Thanks to Genes for the posting. We'll see how it goes,I guess.

What time will this all take place by the way?



Genes Advisor Report 22 Feb 2012 12:34

The event times are as follows:

Friday 24th Feb: 10am - 6.30pm
Saturday 25th Feb: 9.30am-5.30pm
Sunday 26th Feb: 9.30am - 5pm


MaureeninNY Report 22 Feb 2012 12:42

Thank you!



wisechild Report 22 Feb 2012 14:12

Would have been nice if we had been asked how we felt about the idea before just going ahead mob handed.
After all, we pay for the privilege of answering other people´s queries, however much pleasure we get from doing it.
The extention of membership by a month will certainly be more use that 30 credits, which have been sitting in my account for months.


ElizabethK Report 22 Feb 2012 14:49

Well.......the operative word is "voluntary" - no one HAS to answer queeries do they ?

Reading all this puts me off asking for help. :-(


Island Report 22 Feb 2012 15:11

Oh come on you lot! You know you won't be able to resist a chance to shine so why all the complaining?


WayneTracey Report 22 Feb 2012 17:32

I have to say thanks to GR for not only not whoosing this thread, and therefore actually allowing us to have an opinion that might go against the grain a little.... and secondly for actually taking the time to reply!

Island... we are not complaining as such, we are merely stating the issues we have with the assumption, that despite the fact we pay to be here (as Wisechild has pointed out), they have automatically assumed we want to help GR out with their PR stunt!!

I do think 1 month is a little stingy, but it is better than nothing. However i still have to say they could have planned this better, and despite that fact it's a big business, they still need us (the subs payers) to make it work!

GR, maybe next time a bit of preplanning and some well chosen emails sent to the regulars might have gone down a little better?? Lets face it, we can hardly have a board meeting about it, but including us in the planning and gleaning our ideas might have gone a long way :-) (has to be said, when you've been left to your own ideas alone before, they've hardly worked great for the masses :-D )

After all, we are in a catch 22 situation.... we wanna be here and help.... but without us being here you have nothing to offer!!

T x


jax Report 22 Feb 2012 17:59

I have to say Trace, that I do not agree that regular members ought to have been sent an email.

What is a regular member? I am on here at least 14 hours a day...every day, and would not expect to be treated any different from anyone else who uses their time to help on the boards.

It would end up being like the Help Clinic



HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 22 Feb 2012 18:02

I have had some great help from my GR "buddies"...and I try to help out too...