Remove URL For External Resources
Adding an external resource currently requires a URL so only online data can be added. This means documents like medal rolls or service records cannot be referred to.
Remove the requirement for a URL and we can start to add more information.
We just released a fix for this. We didn’t remove the URL requirement, but allowed different types of sources to be referenced, some of which are offline only. Please do feedback your thoughts
It is VERY good! Well done to the team for this. I have just added a newspaper obituary almost successfully - I could add father's name, school, full name etc but hit the 200 character limit when trying to add the text itself.
I also notice it allows the use of numerals in the source title so two thumbs up from me. And it answers Alexander Bisset's valid thoughts below too.
I believe this feature close to being complete. Will be great to have your feedback in due course
Alexander Bisset commented
I'd rather see separate categories. So when you add data you get the option to add online data that requires a URL as proof, or paper records which requires either a scanned image or several fields giving the precise source of the records.
The project is attempting to enforce a standard of proof that is higher than many family historians will be used to. Simply doing away with the link isn't a good idea, replacing it with specific references that enforce the standard of proof expected is a better idea.
So I agree the URL requirement is very restrictive but I would suggest that simply removing it as required is probably not the best way forward.
Hester Huttenbach commented
I agree. Give a URL option but don't make it "required" as not every bit of research has one.
David Underdown commented
medal rolls have a TNA catalogue reference, and a URL in Discovery. Would ideally be considered an official resource though, as the catalogue reference can be derived from information on the MIC, or obviously in the case of service records, the names will normally be available