Suggestion: Restricting open-edit FamilyTree: 'View My Relationship' approach
Note: Somehow in the process of making this suggestion it was duplicated. The duplicates can be removed and this version remain.
I would love to be able to mark some near deceased ancestors as 'sufficiently complete'/'locked'/'claimed as a near relation'/'claim priority edit rights'/removed from 'open-edit' - but don't find that option in the Tree. :(
I have a general suggestion related to several other posted ideas I have made on the topic of 'restricting' open-edits to the FamilyTree.
The current features of 'View My Relationship' and 'Record Hints' could help users control open-edits of persons more closely related to them in the Tree.
General principle: If you are more closely related then you would see edits from further-related/non-related users as suggestions/hints to accept or reject - the behavior would change from the current process so that open-edit would be a suggestion for more closely related users to decide. Yes, this would require a comparison of 'view my relationship' between the user suggesting the edit and more closely related descendants. One would believe descendants should more responsibly determine whether edits are valid or not. I would hope this would help new Tree users avoid causing difficult/frustrating issues to untangle for more closely related persons. If users learned their suggested Tree change would not immediately take effect - hopefully this would help them more carefully make the suggestions. Further I would hope this would make collaboration through messaging more appealing - the current process of allowing open-edit leaves too much opportunity for malicious/random changes without collaboration.
I think this general principle especially helps for closer generations - as one goes further back the relationships (at least to me) are more of a collaboration with other Tree users. The principle - say after 5 generations for example - could be expanded into a 'family association group' - where users of like 'view my relationship' degree could be alerted 'as a group' - to accept/reject 'edit hints' as a group - rather than the current individual process. What I mean by - 'as a group' - would be something along the lines of accepting being a 'yea' vote and rejecting being a 'nay' vote - and no change proceeding to publication until a 'super majority' responds to the polling hint(s). Of course this idea presumes enough active descendants in the Tree to accept/reject the hints - perhaps some modifications could be made to the idea - but I think this general principle has merit as an approach to restricting the current open-edit process.
A 'completeness' locking seems to make sense as well. If after years no one has challenged attached vital records - shouldn't they be considered 'complete' and be able to be 'locked' from edit/removal. I would rather the person/records be locked from removal and require a 'request permission' process than allow erroneous open-edit removal without collaboration/explanation. After all isn't that what my original attachment of the record indicates? My assertion that the record documents 'this person' to the exclusion of others?