Confusion: Or variants in Web Indexing fields versus Edit index in Records Search Results
This conversation did not answer my questions to my satisfaction so I am deleting out content since I cannot delete my posts.
UPDATE: The main purpose of indexing is to help the images be located by the researcher. I now understand that a 'perfect' index is not required to do this - if the researcher has multiple names, etc to search for that record. This can be done with search> alternate name currently.
Suffice it to say from my understanding of users that responded: FamilySearch Indexing requires Indexers to put their ONE best input for each field and DOES NOT allow Indexers to input variant guesses in an Indexing field. This is apparently a 'contractual obligation' and should therefore be followed strictly. I have not seen any responder state that they are officially representing FamilySearch in these responses but do refer to 'official' published documentation.
My concern in this discussion is that while indexing - if I cannot input multiple variant interpretations into a field - the indexer interpretation is 'lost' and MAY make it more difficult for Researchers to find a Record. The responses indicate that using a wildcard is preferable. I assume this means Record results will appear when the applicable wildcards apply to a Search. But I would think this might be more difficult for the Researcher to sort through wildcard results - but I am stating this without being able to test or see that type of data in Search Result statistics. I just know as a Researcher the large amount of Results at times has made it more difficult to filter through results - that's my experience in Search> Records where wildcards are included.
Once you do find a Record you can add variant field input for Records that have an Edit function available. Subsequent Searches will find your variant Edit input and the original Indexed input. Any user will find your variant in Search Results - I have been able to test and verify this on at least 1 record.