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LadyScozz Report 2 May 2012 11:14

You're right Cynthia. I made a mistake. Didn't break any rules, I made a mistake.

I could have helped the OP quite a lot about the Kerr family. I have definite records back to the early 1600s (my 11x great-grandparents), and "hazy/dubious" ones before that.

One of the women (Ann Vickers Sneddon - on the original post) married Robert Beveridge (one of my 58 lol) and I have quite a bit of information on both of those families.

As I've said, I posted my response to the OP before I noticed the date.

If I had known what a storm I was about to start I would have deleted my message immediately.

The "discussion" topic on the Home Page was badly worded. Advice should have been given there to check the date of the original thread. If I had known that, I would have looked at the date first!

The strange thing is - the OP has opened the PM I sent, but not responded.

I've made contact with other people using this board, but (obviously!) I haven't added to any of the threads. I've had responses from 4 (or 5?), and put one in touch with one of my many cousins who has a huge database of that branch of the family.

So I've helped people.

If this whole thing had been ignored, the "annoying" messages from unwary posters would have disappeared from Page 1 of "finding ancestors", to be replaced by brand new posters, in probably two days.

I'm still reeling a bit from some of the comments made. From people who don't know me at all.

Some comments were implying I was self-absorbed, had tunnel vision etc etc. Think again. My step-brother (who is a psychologist) comes to our house to "chill out". It's peaceful here, nobody judges anybody else. We all get along (most of the time).


Cynthia Report 2 May 2012 11:56

I'm glad that it's sorted Scozzie.

This is exactly why those who help on here are so annoyed by the DISCUSSIONS word - it is apt to lead many newcomers astray.

Actually, I suppose you may have helped to prove that the whole thing is a fiasco in waiting.

If you look through the Find Ancestors board, you will find that it moves at quite a pace - around 5 pages a day I think.

Each time the OP or a helper responds on a thread, it goes back to the top of the board to be seen again.

When I was new, I spent ages trying to find the question I had asked and would scour the boards wondering how so many people could have so many replies in what seemed a short time. I was then pointed in the direction of My Threads and got used to things.........doh!

Maybe the person you sent your message to no longer wishes to continue their research? It's always very frustrating when that happens but not a lot one can do really.

Hopefully, you can now put this behind you and continue your research in peace.


Cx :-D


LadyScozz Report 2 May 2012 13:29

lol Cynthia

See - I DO have my uses on the boards :-D

<<<< new pic - what our local Council consider to be "art".

Known as "The Big Root".

If you know any Aussle slang ............ and I'm not going to explain :-D


JoyDean Report 3 May 2012 15:24

You have said you want to attract people to using the boards but people will be put off using the site at all when the error occurs when clicking on a board / a thread / a post / the home page / messages / the tree.
The number of errors appearing today, and yesterday evening, are appalling.


GlitterBaby Report 21 May 2012 14:11

Needs GR to look at this thread and take on board the points and concerns raised by the members


GlitterBaby Report 26 Jun 2012 00:42

Have the Team take this on board for when they do any changes to the site



GlitterBaby Report 23 Jul 2012 13:03

Obviously not :-P


Cynthia Report 23 Jul 2012 14:12

It's a shame they don't do something about this problem. So many new folk are adding to old threads and so few of them come back to see the advice left for them.

I have stopped notifying new folk about this because I can see that it's getting out of hand.



GlitterBaby Report 9 Aug 2012 15:58

Could do with some feedback from the Team as this is still causing a lot of old threads to be brought to life.

Must be a way of flagging very old threads


GlitterBaby Report 10 Aug 2012 19:03

Please GR there must be a way of flagging old threads before a member posts on them.

A lookup thread that has not been used since 2007 has just been dragged up


wisechild Report 11 Aug 2012 08:10

Don´t know if it´s in any way connected to the changes to GR but there seems to have been a new wave of resurrected posts from years ago over the past week or so.


Cynthia Report 11 Aug 2012 08:19

It's due to the 'Discussion' facility on the front page wisechild.

Many members are being totally misled by that word which is why Reggie began this post.

When we had the old Surname board, I spent several years pm'ing new posters that they had replied to old threads but I don't do that anymore. folk are posting and..............................................................?????

The words 'heads' - 'banging' - 'brickwalls' are springing to mind. I have a feeling those at GR don't understand and so won't alter the situation. :-(


wisechild Report 11 Aug 2012 15:08

Perhaps while the GR team are having fun changing colours, they could change the colour of posts which are more than say, 6 months old, to draw attention to the fact that they are not current enquiries


GlitterBaby Report 20 Aug 2012 01:49

Something needs to be done about old threads whether they are found through discussions or by using the search facility.

I like the idea of a different colour but would members read as to why a different colour is being used. Not sure how that would work if colour blind.

Getting members to read anything on this site such as the T & C, message board guidelines etc is hard work so surely there must be a way of perhaps a warning message appearing alerting members to the date of the thread.

Perhaps the warning message could include info about contacting the poster ratther than adding to the thread etc

Ideas welcome


jax Report 20 Aug 2012 03:30

When the old threads are dug up this is posted at the top of the page....but obviously it is not read

These matches have been found on the Community Boards in member discussions. Please be aware that some of these discussions contain very old content, but it is always worth checking them as you may find something useful. To check the date the discussion was originally posted click on the title of the post you want to read in the 'Topic' column. You'll see the date the discussion was first posted in the right hand corner. If it was added more than a few years ago there is a chance that the original poster may not see your reply to their thread. We suggest you send the member a message instead by clicking on the 'send message' button. They'll receive a message from us letting them know you've been in touch and we'll let you know when they reply.