How much "editing" of data when viewing records by users is appropriate ???
Just what is appropriate when editing the data from a record where it is allowed by Family Search such as many census, marriage, and birth records? For example, should "St. Joseph" as entered on the index to that record be edited to "Saint Joseph" just to make it a standardized location name within Family Search's database? I suppose there are pros and cons to any answer. If changed to a standardized name, then other users who are searching records and using the full standarized spelling would find it more inclusive. Others may say that it is changing the way the enumerator or clerk actually created the record.
On a similar note, just what is appropriate for changing the spelling of names? There could be many types of examples here but in my mind the most blaring example would be a perceived spelling error. For example, should "Willy" be changed to "Willie" especially if the user knows that "Willie" was the preferred and predominant spelling by the person in the record. Going one step further should "Micheal" be edited to "Michael"?
Personally I am leaning towards correcting all spellings and usages. After all, we are not really changing the original record but rather the database entries thereby making it easier for all users to accomplish research as long as they maintain their own use of standardized location names and common spellings.
I don't see any guidance on this editing feature by Family Search so your thoughts would be appreciated.