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Kense Report 2 Jun 2013 18:59

When I checked there seemed to be three that should have been on General Chat and three that should have been on FA or FLR.

Graham's thread was definitely correct for this board.

Actually 6 is relatively low. although at least one of them is likely to be there for some time.


MarieCeleste Report 2 Jun 2013 18:47

I fail to see how Graham's thread is non genealogy chat when it relates to baptisms, marriages and occupations of forebears?


Renes Report 2 Jun 2013 17:23

Actually Kay ....

I found the thread from Graham ( if you are referring to

very interesting .... and thought all contributors added something of interest, without exception

MarieCeleste posting of the 1861 census listing the occupation of the 11 year daughter was of interest ... And some surprise

I have taken in your earlier suggestion, and have referred to it, and asked GR to have a look see .....



Renes Report 2 Jun 2013 17:12

Thank you NanaSue .. . I have to admit I do not understand the "issues concerning two genealogy boards". But its of no matter ...

My understanding or not understanding is irrelevant -as long as it is not "off putting" to new members

My only concern was, and is, that the subject matter ... Ie genealogy chat .... Remained the primary purpose of this board

I, and many others, know from meetings and face to face conversations with GR Staff, that the genealogy boards are important to the company's future policies, as, indeed, they are to all of us that have received invaluable help over the years


Kay???? Report 2 Jun 2013 17:10

Oh we get to the bottom of it now only none G/Caht threads on page 1 are.

1 from Graham. none G chat.

2 from Nanasue,,none G chat.

why not say from the start you meant these posters,,,,

As advised,,,,,,as GR to look them over and say you want the 3 drivel threads removed because GR are not sticking to their rules,if you dont complain nothing will get done.


CupCakes Report 2 Jun 2013 16:36

Hands up I'm guilty - Only because the issues concern members using the two Geneaology boards


Renes Report 2 Jun 2013 15:27

Just to clarify

IMHO ... Any thread requesting any information regarding "" family history" is great... It matters not ( to me) if their request may or may not be suited the the particular board posted on

It is the NON family history related posts I am referring to

I cannot post examples, as it would be contentious ......

But look down the first page... and count down threads that have nothing to do with genealogy chat ....

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 2 Jun 2013 15:19

When someone is looking for possible living relations but doesn't give much background on what they already know or when the last sighting was I personally will look and post what comes up so I have a ref from which to proceed.
Sometimes altho a particular person cant be found a sibling may be able to be followed though and from that find may a mistranscription of the party being looked for.

Some loose genealogy questions may result in look ups being done But really does it matter ?? If we can help then surely that is the main thing ;-)

Personally I find the WUM postings and trying to justify themselves posting more irritating and I stay well clear of them even thou my instinct sometimes is to post.

I am NOT pinpointing any particular posting or poster


Renes Report 2 Jun 2013 14:45

In my ( limited ) experience it is not newbies who are posting, unrelated to genealogy threads, on this board.

Perhaps, as suggested, I should email support and ask for their opinion, on the threads in question, to ensure their stated purpose of this board is maintained

This will ensure new members seeking informative "genealogical chat", are not met with a page of .............. ( IMHO contentious drivel )


jax Report 2 Jun 2013 13:44

I remember when Phil put that stickie on this board...An hour after it was posted I made a comment to a regular General chat poster who had posted a look up on here.

I said "Have you noticed the stickie at the top of this board" or something simular turned into ww3 on the general board as she took offence at me daring to mention she had posted on the wrong board

So now I cant be bothered....they can post where they like.

There is no point saying look ups will be removed, if they are not going to do it


GlitterBaby Report 2 Jun 2013 12:59

In an ideal world all members would read all guidelines on site before posting but they clearly do not.

Loads on Find Living Relatives turn into lookup threads but no one says much about them.

Members looking for old friends etc end up on all boards.

Suggestions Board is not being used correctly but the Team do nothing about that.

GR could employ someone to monitor the boards all day and move threads around to the correct boards but they are not going to do that.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Jun 2013 12:24

To be honest, many regulars have given up asking posters to repost on a more suitable board. Although 'we' (or at least 'I') may have done so for a time immediately after the reorganisation, since then even if someone suggests that a 'look-up' thread is removed by the OP from General, someone else will find and post the relevant information.

To a certain extent, that does suggest that a number of posting members do flit from board to board as in the main, the people who find the information are regular helpers on other boards

The collective 'We' are probably more 'tolerant' of new members, than those with a number of posts to their name. Although I no longer jump and down, there is a certain amount of sighing from this side of the screen. :-)


CupCakes Report 2 Jun 2013 10:57

What you are proposing is the ideal but to some people especially new people it sounds threatening and can be construde as scary.

What I've noticed is there is a clear divide across the boards so those on General Chat don't often go to Genealogy Chat and visa versa.
Issues that come up on Genealogy that only concern the people who frequent the same board.
If they are put on the General chat they will not get the attention they are supposed to.


Cynthia Report 2 Jun 2013 10:14

I wonder what has happened to Phil - it was good when he popped in to keep us up-to-date with changes etc....... :-S

I get concerned with those new folk who ask genealogy questions on the ordinary Chat board. That board can move quite quickly and the request can disappear down the pages rapidly.

I don't usually advise new folk how to return on that board because I am concentrating on FA and GC. I don't touch the FLR board either as I am a little wary of being caught up in some of the possible repercussions.

Cx :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Jun 2013 09:16

How about emailing Natasha or Estelle to ask them to move unrelated-to-FH-research threads to the more appropriate board?
Phil Moir used to occasionally do it when the boards were first reorganised but doesn't seem to post now.


Kay???? Report 2 Jun 2013 08:42

I agree Renes,perhaps if you report them all GR will review and remove,and then could stick to their own guidelines,as they may not see your request to them.


Renes Report 1 Jun 2013 21:01

No harm whatsoever Marie.... in fact perfect ....

its the meaningless posts that seem to be sprouting up daily on this board

that, personally, I find unconnected to genealogy research,


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jun 2013 20:36

It's tricky sometimes when someone posts on this board with a pretty general sort of query and then during the discussion they're asked for an example and it then turns into a look up.

Don't see any harm in that, though.


Renes Report 1 Jun 2013 20:22

Yep Ken

That's there too ....

currently thinking I would rather prefer to see look-ups ....

At least they relate to family history ... are readable

and, more importantly, understandable



Kense Report 1 Jun 2013 20:13

Don't forget
"Please do not post your look-up requests on this board as they will be removed. If you have a look-up request please post it on either the Find Ancestors message board or the Find Living Relatives message board."