Moderators for individual records and/or family lineages.
FamilySearch is a valuable resource for genealogical research, but it is not without its challenges. One issue that many users face is the proliferation of inaccurate information by careless or malicious contributors. To address this problem, I suggest implementing a moderation feature that allows individual users to be set as moderators for one or more individuals in a family line.
The benefits of this feature would be numerous. It would help to maintain the quality and accuracy of information on the website, increase user engagement and satisfaction, and encourage knowledgeable and dedicated users to contribute their expertise. Moderators could be provided with training or resources to ensure they are equipped to properly curate and moderate contributions, and FamilySearch could establish a fair and transparent process for selecting moderators to ensure they are accountable and responsive to users' concerns.
To illustrate the need for this feature, consider the following example. A user has spent weeks researching their family line and has added detailed information and sources to several individuals' records. However, another user comes along and edits the records based on false or assumed information, undoing the first user's efforts. This can be demoralizing and frustrating for dedicated researchers who have invested time and effort into building an accurate family tree.
To prevent this from happening, I am proposing a moderation feature that allows individual users to apply or request to be moderators for specific records. Moderators would be selected after application/request, by FamilySearch administrators, based on their level of activity on FamilySearch, length of time on the website, and contributions to the individual record(s) they wish to moderate. Moderation rights would be shared among no more than two users, and moderators would need to maintain an active presence on the website to retain their status.
Moderators would have the authority to approve contributions made by other users, provided they are accurate and supported by legitimate sources. Contributions that do not meet these standards would either be rejected (with reasoning provided by the moderator) or remain in moderation while a public dialogue is conducted using the discussion/chat feature.
By empowering dedicated users to maintain the accuracy and completeness of records, FamilySearch can become an even more valuable resource for genealogical research.