Should people be encourage to clean up after themselves?
Just a bit of a philosophical quandary. No real suggestion of how to improve anything.
It's great that there are people who mainly work to get hints attached. It's good that the hint routine has gotten quite strict so that the error rate for hints is quite low. But at what point does just attaching hints actually make more work for the next user coming to a record rather than less? When attaching hints, should a warning be added that not all information in the hint needs to be moved over to the record? Should a notice be added to encourage people to understand what they are adding with the hint and to go to the record afterwards and clean up any mess they made? Or should we be happy that people who don't really understand what the hints are doing are not editing profiles they probably wouldn't understand either?
I am currently going back to an area of my wife's family that has a lot of hints due to a historical database released last year. A lot of other people have also been working on these hints, so I'm finding quite a few profiles like this:
This woman already had her christening information added to her profile and sourced. A new hint gave the option of pulling over a baptismal event. Moving it over while attaching the hint created duplicate information with an abbreviated date and wrong place information (due to the auto-standardization of historical record place name flaw).
This woman had several children. The database supplying the hints does not put a birthplace against the child's information but puts it as an incomplete, frequently mis-transcribed residence for the mother. Here, Nysater should be Nysæter; Dale is fine; Rosad, Rosnæs, Ronds, and Rosmoe should all be Rosnæs, and Lellebo should be Lillebø and none of them really need to be here. They are already properly and fully recorded on the children's profiles. If someone does want them there, then the full place name needs to be determined and date ranges added for them really to be of any meaningful use.
So should people be encouraged to take care of this as they attach each hint? Or to not move it over in the Source Linker in the first place?
Or should we just be grateful the hints are being attached? It does take me less time to delete all this unnecessary duplicate information than it would to attach all the eight hints it came from. But it would be nice to not have it put there in the first place.