Patrons with Memory Issues
We need a method to help patrons who struggle with memory issues. I have a couple different lines where I have relatives who repeatedly recreate the same errors. Once I contact them and explain the problems to them, they agree that their information is an error, but after a few days, weeks, or months, they forget, and they recreate the same errors again. These same relatives butt heads with just about every contributor they come across. This constant contention is not emotionally or mentally healthy for these older individuals. Also, they sometimes become aggressive in their responses to other patrons, and because other patrons do understand the nature of the disability, they are sometimes aggressive in return. I really don't think this is the intention, I think they just suffer from some disabilities. I know that FS rejects the idea of requiring patrons to do any type of certification before using the Tree, but I'm wondering if there could maybe be an "un-certification" in place. Everyone could enter the Family Tree on equal standing, but maybe there could be some way to reduce the editing abilities of some individuals if they are proving to struggle with using the tree properly. Again, I am not saying that these are abusive patrons, I just think they struggle with a disability. I know that in their hearts they want Family Tree to be successful, so I think that if they are in their clear minds, they would appreciate the efforts to protect the tree.
I also work at a family history center, and I've had patrons come in and ask about what can be done about their loved ones who have been diagnosed with dementia, but still get into Family Tree and make edits. It would be nice if they could use a version of the tree that prevents a lot of damage.