Advice: Use of "NN" placeholders?

Started by Harald Alvestrand on Saturday, January 23, 2010

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1/23/2010 at 6:00 AM

I've seen some people add "NN" into the tree, usually as the wife or mother of some known person, indicating that they have no information about this person.

I personally find it distasteful, and a bother when merging trees, since I then have to choose between the parents "AA and NN" and "AA and Unknown", something that seems rather a waste of time.

I have no problems with adding placeholders where we have SOME information, but I don't see a point in adding completely empty ones.

What do other people think?

Harald

1/23/2010 at 6:20 AM

I have never thought of that, cause in the past I never got the problem by merging any profiles.. But I understand your problem, and I agree..I understand your frustration....Marit

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1/23/2010 at 6:41 AM

I agree that if you don't have any information there should not be a profile there at all.

However: During a complex merge in a tree those placeholder profiles saves you some step in the merge process, so I tend to keep or even add these profiles.

1/23/2010 at 8:31 AM

I am a novice in this tool, but I also think it seems unnecessary to at a profile with unknown name and no info in the profile. But I do understand why they are being made sometimes. If for instance you have a couple and they have one or more child, and then you want to add another child to the mother with an another father then I guess there could be made a unknown partner first before the child is added. But it would be easy to delete the unknown profile the hext second, which leave the child with only a mother an an non-existing profile for the father. But I guess there is an easier way to do this... But this could be an explanation for some of the unknown profiles?

1/23/2010 at 9:02 AM

Hvorfor skriver vi på engelsk, noen her som ikke forstår norsk?

1/23/2010 at 9:56 AM

Ja – enig med Leif Bjarne (for å fortsette på norsk).
Jeg har også kommet over flere tilfeller med halvsøsken som man ikke vet mor eller far til. Da er det jo eneste måten å få dem opprettet på uten at de blir ekte søsken. Hvorfor skal man da slette NN – mor eller far etterpå. Det er da vel greit at alle ser at man ikke har funnet det ut og evt kunne trenge innspill fra andre.

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1/23/2010 at 10:12 AM

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1/23/2010 at 10:19 AM

Halvard, It is possible to add an "unknown" profile, then you can add the half sibling. And then you can delete the unknown profile. It will still show a box of "Add father" (or other mother) where there is a person missing. So that wil also show that this information is missing.

1/23/2010 at 11:49 AM

Använder mig av (fmo) , (fo) eller (mo) noterat efter förnamn i sist kända person i släktträdet. Kan lätt ändras om aktuell person senare kan uppdateras med far eller mor. Inga "NN-rutor" behövs !
Hilsen Tor

1/23/2010 at 11:54 AM

Varför ändras skriften ? Blir oläslig efteråt

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