Temporary access to FamilySearch
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
Sigmund Cedric Geldenhuys said: As a Family History Missionary who deals with numerous requests for Account Deletion by users who only want to do some quick research, would it be possible to create a "Day Pass" (or something like that) which will allow users to do this without all the initial and subsequent administration?
A van Helsdingen said: From what I have heard, the reason that FS requires all users to have an account and be signed in is to collect statistics of how many people are using the website and what records they are viewing. Some partners of FS and record custodians want or insist on this data.
So a "Day Pass" would probably still involve having to provide country of residence and LDS status at the very minimum to ensure that FS can continue to collect this data.
I'm not sure that this problem is widespread enough to justify resources being used by FS. Out of curiosity, why do the people you deal with want to delete their account? Are they concerned for the privacy of their data? Are they very sure they will never use the FS website again? I find the last point hard to believe to be honest.0
Brett said: Sigmund
'Phew' ... that took long enough ...
I knew that I had read the reason WHY, some time ago; but, It has taken me a few days to find what I had seen ...
It confirms, as referenced by 'A van Helsdingen' in her previous response ...
From the FamilySearch 'Blog'
Dated: 16 November 2017
FamilySearch Free Sign-in Offers Greater Subscriber Experiences and Benefits
... In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.
Patron sign in will also enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. This authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. Simply put, signed-in visitors can access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services.
6. Why do users need to log in to perform searches or to create a family tree?
FamilySearch wants to provide you more access to records and a rich, personalized experience with more successful discoveries. By signing in, you allow the FamilySearch system to customize and deliver its best services to you.
7. How will my contact information be used?
• Your information is used in the FamilySearch system to facilitate collaboration between users (you control how much information is shared).
• The Family Tree and Memories features display your username and any other contact information you approve when using select features.
• Your information allows you to send in-system messages to other users without revealing your personal identity or email address.
• FamilySearch will send you email and newsletters to keep you informed. You can specify how much email, if any, you receive.
• Your contact information is accessed when you contact the support group for help.
8. Is there anything I can do without signing in?
Absolutely. There are still a number of things you can do on FamilySearch without signing in. You can search the catalog, digitized books, genealogies, the Wiki, and the learning center. You can also view user-contributed photos and stories.
I hope this helps.
ps: Now I can 'put that to bed' ... it was just bugging me, I knew I had seen something.