Changes made in new software were to deter data mining?
As I see census, indexes and other records deteriorate in their quality, I have assumed it was to deter data mining by unwelcomed entities.
This is understandable. However, is there any way a person can work around some of the issues? I don't mind taking extra steps but 'in the old days' I could find a census image, see an index, find family members together and make corrections. None of that seems to be true anymore except see the image. Example below.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-66TS-GLD?cc=1401638&wc=95RJ-4W5%3A1031324201%2C1031428501%2C1031428502 : 9 April 2016), Alabama > Barbour > Barbour county > image 216 of 308
Your example is an 1850 US census from Alabama. In 1850, the US census did not link family members. Households are grouped, and that may be a nuclear family but it may be a group of individuals living together.
That's not a change to how FamilySearch presents the records. It's how the census was compiled.1