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Please moderate the Find Living Relatives board

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Estelle

Estelle Advisor Report 30 Apr 2012 15:43

Hi everyone,
firstly, the Success Board is moderated differently. Posts are approved before we add them to the site.This is to make sure that only success stories are added rather than look-up requests.
With regard to the Find Living Relatives board, we are going to update our message board guidelines. When a post is sent in for review, the team may remove it. Or they will go in and simply amend the post to make sure that all sensitive information has been removed.
Kind regards,
Estelle

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 30 Apr 2012 16:10

Thanks, Estelle.

Gwynne

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 30 Apr 2012 18:25

Thank you.


"the Success Board is moderated differently. Posts are approved before we add them to the site.This is to make sure that only success stories are added rather than look-up requests."

- I appreciated that, which was why I requested that the find living relatives board be moderated in the same way as the success board.


"With regard to the Find Living Relatives board, we are going to update our message board guidelines. When a post is sent in for review, the team may remove it. Or they will go in and simply amend the post to make sure that all sensitive information has been removed."

- the principle is good. However, if a thread was approved before being added, there would be no need for it to be reported for review. Occasionally, sensitive information is in the title, not solely in the text of the thread. Also, once sensitive information has been posted, even after it has been removed, it can still be found on the internet.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 30 Apr 2012 19:46

Estelle, with respect, it won't make a scrap of difference how many times the guidelines are added to or re-worded if people don't look at them before they post, and it is quite clear, and has been explicitly stated by some, that many don't.

I give as example a poster who has said they have posted 3 times and the first two were reported...they didn't know WHY!

There really is no point in removing posts without explaining to the poster why it's gone because they just come back and post the same again, often with even more detail that shouldn't be there.

It's a case of expecting experienced members to act as moderators and TRY and protect what might be vulnerable people...is that fair?

I was given the reply that pre-post moderation would unfortunately mean posters might have to wait for a whole weekend before their post appeared... is that really such a long time to wait to ensure everyone's rights are protected to some extent?

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 30 Apr 2012 22:45

Estelle



"the Success Board is moderated differently. Posts are approved before we add them to the site.This is to make sure that only success stories are added rather than look-up requests."


If this is so .................... how come we had that problem some months ago about dreadful advertising posts appearing on Success??

It was members who reported those ............... NOT any GR staff


and if the Board was being moderated, then those posts should not have appeared!




sylvia

Estelle

Estelle Advisor Report 1 May 2012 11:03

Hi Sylvia, that was actually a bug, where posts could be added without being moderated. As soon as we knew about this the bug was fixed.

Kay????

Kay???? Report 1 May 2012 20:23

FLR,

It would really make more sense if the guidelines were enlarged and highlighted on this board to make it stand out,.perhaps more would read it if it was eyecatching.
Its not beyond a techie capablities to tweak it.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 3 May 2012 15:15

I believe that the management staff of Genes Reunited do care about people. That is why I appeal to them again - please moderate the find living relatives board in the same way as the success board.

I do not feel the need to give further reasons than already stated by myself, and eloquently and succinctly by others in this thread.

I shall not personally report any of the posts in that board for review.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 4 May 2012 22:20

The more and more personal information that I read being publicly posted, the more and more concerned I become.

:(

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 6 May 2012 22:27

I agree with Joy ...................


there is more and more personal information being publicly posted


and that is extremely concerning.



I wonder where GR would stand if someone decided to sue because there information was spread over the internet as a result of being posted on Find Living Relatives??



sylvia

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 9 May 2012 19:36

Please moderate the find living relatives board in the same way as the success board.

You have said that you prefer the option of members reporting posts which intrude in people's privacy; however, sometimes the personal information is actually in the title of a thread so would be seen even once it had been reported for review. Apart from that, a report is taking several hours to be resolved. Actual dates of birth are being posted including yesterday that of a minor. Personally, I wish that Genes Reunited had not started the find living relatives board, personal information being posted in the totally public site is increasing daily.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 16 May 2012 22:55

I urge Genes Reunited, please, to moderate the find living relatives board in the same way as the success board.

Please look at the threads currently on the front page.

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 18 May 2012 13:35

I'm very concerned as well.

If GR remove the names of living people on trees "on demand" then they should also remove the names from that board.

It is becomng a gross invasion of privacy and could cause distress to those who do not want to be found.

Please, GR, deal with this quickly.

Gwynne

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 18 May 2012 20:45

I think that Genes has this blinding belief that all parents who give up their children for adoption really want them turning up out of the blue at their door.

GET REAL Genes, many of these people who gave up their children have never told anyone about this. Often the only people who know about these poor children are the birth mother & her parents and occassionally the birth father.

Whilst I can understand that many adopted children would love to and need to find their birth families there are societies such as NORCAP who do this in a far better way than doing it through a 'chat' board.

If I was in this situation I know I would now be dreading every knock at the door and letter with an unkown postmark.

I personally think that this Find Living Relatives should be discontinued let alone moderated.

I wonder how long it is before some unsuspecting woman takes either Genes or the 'helpers' on here to court for the mental distress they have caused. Or even causing rifts in families when the 'truth' comes out. And if distressed enough could even lead to suicide.

The thought of all the things that could go wrong appals me.

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 19 May 2012 02:01

I agree with PP every inch of the way.


I've said several times, that I am old enough to have had a baby and put it up for adoption before the rules changed ca 1970 .......... ie, when the adoption was closed, and birth mothers were promised that their information would never be released.

I can sleep easy because I did not have to do this, but I can well imagine how worried some/many women will be wondering if their long-held secret is going to be released to the world.



I can understand why adoptees want to know their heritage ........... but I can alos understand the other side of the picture.


Adoptees searching should be going through the societies that offer counselling and help ......... not via a group of amateurs who don't really know what they are getting into.



Like PP, I question what would happen if someone decided to sue GR AND the "helper/s" who found the information.




sylvia

wisechild

wisechild Report 19 May 2012 14:03

I had a friend in the mid 60s who had her baby adopted.
I know where she was born, her DOB & where she was adopted. I also know who her birth father is.
I dread that one day she will appear on this board seeking info which I have never disclosed to anyone in 45 years.
My sense of loyalty to her mother comes first, but do I have the right to withold this info from the child ?
I don´t like the possibility of being put in this situation & would much prefer for this board to be discontinued in the interests of everyone´s privacy.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 May 2012 23:12

People's right to privacy is being violated.

Guinevere

Guinevere Report 28 May 2012 09:12

Still no change - do GR expect us to RR every violation of privacy or are they going to do something about it themselves?

Gwynne

wisechild

wisechild Report 28 May 2012 14:26

It would seem to me that this wretched board was ill concieved and that some of the postings are causing unacceptable rudeness from OPs in response to advice they are being given by experienced members.It may be that the OPs are under the impression that the responses come from GR staff.
That´s no excusefor some of the appalling attitudes that have appeared on here recently.
The sooner this board is discontinued the better.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 28 May 2012 14:54

One of the things that is particularly worrying to me is the unmoderated 'character assassination' on some of the posts, recently there have been several which either were derogatory of the absent parent being sought ( that's clever!) or the 'resident' parent...neither of whom have the 'right of reply' and whose faults ( whether genuine or imagined) are being broadcast via google .

Also there have been several cases where a father has been sought where the poster clearly has no firm information and is working down a 'list of possibles' ( awful way of putting it but I can't think of a better phrase). The damage done to unsuspecting, unconnected families could be enormous.

Young posters ( and it is often young) just do not have the experience or patience perhaps to go slowly and be circumspect in what they post...therefore isn't it GR's responsibility to help them?

It should not depend on more experienced members who inevitably get the flack if their advice is not what the OP wants to hear.