Conventions for Titles
For quite some time I have been looking for a guide to conventions on the site for titles - those of Royalty, the military, academics, and so many others who have titles, whatever they might be. The Americans have I, II and III, or Jr and Sr. Which are rather foreign to the English or anyone else, who do not believe them necessary. I also see them calling men "Sir" when they have not been knighted, or "Lady," when they are not the wives of Knights, nor the daughters of Earls, Viscounts, Marquesses, Barons, or even widows of Peers. Do we consider military ranks titles? Are academic titles used? And then we have other matters, such as Associate Professorships, which may be lost. How about Honorary degrees? Some are stripped. What do we do then? And that is just for ENGLISH matters.
We need to have them, I think. Just like we need to get people to understand that wives are NOT Mrs Their Husbands, and N.N. is not something a search engine would understand. I know not everyone is a genealogist. But everyone SHOULD be able to go somewhere and see that on this site OUR CONVENTION is: x. It isn't to say it is correct. And we might change it one day. But at least we're all moving in the same direction. We need to have a convention for describing someone unknown - instead of "?" Because the system calls an error, although there really is no other way; when the only OTHER alternative is calling people "Mrs So-and-so" or "Unknown" or "N.N." - and all of these are foreign to a search engine.
So, can SOMEONE (or I will start if no one will, with input of course) begin with a list. At the top we have, perhaps King or Emperor, or even Deity (all respect, but there are a few on our tree). Indeed, we marry quite a bit of myth with history, and there are absolutely NO records to support it (which is a matter of great concern to me - people add things willy-nilly without a care in the world, or because they saw it on Ancestry.com somewhere ...) He/she/They/Person/Entity shall be titled in such a way, and no other way, by our convention. We CAN define how we use the titles.