rmrichesjr wrote:Regarding the issue of wanting to combine some but not all of a duplicate record, I had understood thatt the basic architecture of the system has a "record" as an atomic unit, and that combining part but not all of a "record" would not be possible. It appears there are two ways of dealing with that aspect (could perhaps be called a limitation) of the system. One would be to combine the record but go back and dispute and/or correct the wrong information. The other would be to manually enter the correct information and either dispute the existence of the person described in the partly-wrong record or leave it alone to be combined with something else if that would be more correct. Additionally, if the partly-wrong record in question is made up of a combination of other atomic records, they could be split up as needed.
I think that some sort of Ranking of entries or sources would be the best method to allow the system to ignore incorrect information. I saw several different spellings of my Great Grandfathers name. If the patrons had the ability to vote or rank the sources this could solve the problem by showing the version with the most votes as the default version.
The problem with names being sent to the Temple without enough research is not a problem relating to new FamilySearch, that problem has always existed. The only way to cut down on that would be to tighten the requirements on what information is required to clear a name. I don't think it is fair to say that this is a problem related to new FamilySearch.
I think that the GEDCOM merging function which creates a lot of merging work will only be something we will have to deal with until syncing software is available, which will allow working with the data without having to upload an entire GEDCOM everytime we have a little new information. The FamilySearch Desktop open-source program which is mentioned in the Q&A question about PAF will be able to have syncing capabilities. Also PAF add ons will be able to do this syncing function when they become available.