Can you PLEASE require EVIDENCE for marking someone from LIVING to DECEASED
You all do a great job. I am not a member of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints, but I tremendously value ALL of the work being done to host, manage, and provide FamilySearch as a free resource. I can't imagine what all is involved or how many people get up everyday and come to work to make this beautiful platform available. So please take this feedback in the spirit it is provided, which is constructive feedback, as opposed to a rant. I am a genealogical researcher and use FamilySearch to both document and contribute information.
Repeatedly over the course of the past year I have seen a **significant** uptick in users marking living people as DECEASED who are in fact, LIVING.
It is way too easy to mark someone deceased and I am genuinely concerned, particularly given the high rate of fraud, predatory behavior of folks who are trying to get information and take advantage of senior citizens who may have dementia, etc., that additional safeguards need to be added to FamilySearch.
My suggestion is to mark someone from living deceased, particularly if they are under a certain age (your team can figure this out), that the user MUST supply and here is the keyword: **EVIDENCE**. Not a user supplied reason statement, but **EVIDENCE**, in terms of a record this could be an obituary, Find-A-Grave record, etc. But something real. Not the "I know they are dead." user added statement or a recent statement I've seen is -- and I'm not kidding about this one a "." period in the reason statement field.
I think about all the safeguards and standards that FamilySearch uses to manage memories and this is a good thing for lots of reason. For example, I posted a photograph a while back of my mother sitting in a chair in an art museum. It got denied. I contacted FamilySearch and was told the photograph was denied because the reviewer that it was taken in a Temple. My mother is a devout Roman Catholic and hasn't ever stepped foot in a Temple, but the reason I share this example is that is a standard in place for a Memory. Standards are a good thing and I'm glad FamilySearch values them and has high standards in place. Otherwise, I wouldn't likely use the platform. I have high standards too. What I am suggesting is there needs to be an equally high standard in place for marking someone from living to deceased -- particularly if they are under a certain age.
Your team does a great job with standards on Memories. Can the same standards be applied to marking someone from living to deceased.
Thank you and please keep up the good work.
Christopher Padgett, Louisville, Kentucky, USA