Implement a blue-chip type system for historically prominent figures to discourage duplicates
The number of duplicates that are being generated almost daily for historically prominent individuals is beyond ridiculous. The information included is almost always identical, with only minor discrepancies appearing in historically ambiguous areas or the use of slightly differing titles to identify them. Worst of all, the time taken up with continual merging of these new profiles takes away from real, constructive research.
Another side-effect is users not bothering to merge duplicates but simply deleting the duplicate relationships from the previously existing and well completed profile, thus leaving the duplicates active and hampering the integrity of the One Universal Tree.
My most recent experience with this has been within the Plantagenet and related lines, but I’m sure it’s rife across the board.
I suggest implementing a ‘blue-chip’ type system similar to the blue check system utilised in social media. Where in a PID that is genealogically complete and historically accurate and verifiable to accepted historical conventions, can be submitted for ‘blue-chip’ status. Once accepted it would become the ‘official’ PID for that individual. The idea being that it would also result in stronger checks being put into place for generating new duplicates.
For example. If the were a blue-chip PID for Henry II King of England (1133–1189) any new profile creation with variations such as ‘King Henry II’, ‘King Henry II of England’, ‘Henry Plantagenet’, ‘Henry II, Plantagenet’ etc with vital dates within 1132-34 to 1188-90, would have to jump through more hoops, or perhaps even need FS permission to be generated.
Users could still add information and relationships, suggest alternatives titles etc in the pertinent profile sections, and merge (one directionally) on these ‘offical’ PIDs. But all research and contributions would be in the one place, making it straight forward to maintain the integrity of the historical identity.
This would create anchor points throughout the Universal Tree, dispense with repetitive make-work and free up time and energy for constructive research and contributions.