Here is an idea that could make Family Tree site more user friendly.
· When you go to record (9H2M-783) it says “Person Deleted”.
· When you open the record it say, “This person was deleted by merge. Surviving person: Joseph Allen Moore “
· Many users of Family Tree do not know that they can still open a record that says “Person Deleted”.
· It would be helpful if the message “This person was deleted by merge. Surviving person: Joseph Allen Moore” appeared on the same page that says “Person Deleted”.
That is probably a good idea.
This whole issue is based on the word "Delete" as it is used in the FSFT. When you "Delete" a PID record and when you "Merge away" (i.e., "Delete") a PID record, in ALL cases, that record has *NOT* been "Deleted". It has been Archived.
A PID record is forever. Once created, in general it CANNOT be deleted. It can only be placed in a archive type area of the database. It can ALWAYS be retrieved (or unarchived).
It is sort of like when you move something to the trash on your computer. It hasn't yet been purged from the system. It is still recoverable. But by emptying the trash it becomes completely "Deleted".
Except in the FSFT, PIDs that have been "trashed" are never purged from the system. So how can you properly use the term "Delete" in the first place? They are always still there.
So the fact that the word "delete" is being ambiguously used when it technically isn't right for the application is another reason that people get confused.
I would really prefer that FS would call a spade a spade! You are not "Deleting" the PID. It is something else. If you use the term "delete" it is almost guaranteed to be misunderstood.0
Like so? I don't think it is a good idea to write all the information you were suggesting in that small space. Of course there are also records out there that were actually just deleted/archived not by merge.0
Yea, it may not be the best, but just replacing the word "Deleted" with the word "Archived" everywhere that it applies could do a lot to eliminate confusion.
These records are NOT being "Deleted". Call a spade a spade.0