Merging seed records
In the course of identifying men for my communities, I've so far identified (and informed admin) of hundreds of examples where there are 2 or more life stories for the same person, due to the seed records not having been deduplicated when they were added. Sometimes it's where a man has MiD or other supplemental cards. Sometimes it's where a man has a medal card plus RAF records. Lots of reasons. In most cases, at the time I find them, nobody has updated the life stories. So merging them at that stage would simply require one of the life stories to be deleted, and the seed data to be linked to the other life story. The longer they sit in a queue waiting for admin to merge them, the more likely it is that people will update one or more of the records, making the merge process more complex. So how about allowing a few experienced "super users" (I'd happily volunteer) to have the ability to delete seed records and re-link the seed record for life stories where nobody has added any data. I don't think you'd be too swamped with volunteers, so it would be easy to ensure the volunteers are fully trained. Just thinking this might get the backlog of merges moving, ahead of you either coming up with an automated process, or employing more people to do it.
P J Tipton commented
The button above states that this suggestion has been STARTED -- but how? I have just remembered Brig Gen R A Bright https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5178815 He had three seeding documents. I just selected one of them and added the other two medal cards to the one I had selected to work on. A year ago I started by flagging up duplicates to your staff, but getting no response other than a 'thank you', I started adding the duplicates as evidence to my selected 'seed' because I need the evidence to add to the #LifeStory. Is this what I am supposed to do? I don't 'remember' the duplicates (left behind in the search window) so potentially someone could come along and do all the research over again. It should not be impossible to combine the duplicates by electronic matching similar to that used to add the CWGC data. The longer this is left unresolved the greater the mess.
Peter Tipton https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/profile/6648
Yvonne Fenter commented
Yes please Lives (and any other interested community managers) - do please feel free to join in the discussion on the unofficial user group Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/302369916601668/ (If you may prefer to discuss issues like this in our small forum of experienced users rather than in this general forum on here?)
Trevor Penfold commented
This is an excellent idea (unfortunately no votes left) of using experienced users as a volunteer force.
I would propose to even take this a stage further and give these users the ability, where there is proven documentation, to add in 'Life Stories' based on those recommended in the appropriate forum.
I would suggest that 'Lives' approaches the folk within the 'Unofficial Users Group' which is becoming a breeding ground for good ideas, to assist in these two suggestions.