It's Interesting to review what other wiki sights write about geni.com

Started by Randy Stebbing on Thursday, December 2, 2010

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12/2/2010 at 10:35 PM

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geni.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Geni.com

Family search does not have a main article on geni.com but it is mentioned in passing when refreing to tree and social networking sites:

https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Popular_Social_Networks_for_Genealogy
https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tracing_London_and_Other_Large_Cit...
Perhaps familyseach could use a good geni.com article?

12/3/2010 at 12:38 AM

Interesting, but as a user/consumer of Geni's product, not sure that it has much that applies to me. Maybe the list of networking sites could be of some use in making the profiles that apply to my portion of the tree researched. I think that's the main thing that I'm trying to do with Geni.

How I'd respond to the criticism? Naturally, if you are looking for an instant family tree, without having to put time into the research, no, Geni is not the place for that. You pay people to provide that for you. What Geni provides is a reasonably useful tool in organizing your tree, as well as an opportunity to work with others on building a common tree. (Well, yeah, it will be reasonably useful again once the "wikitext formatting" remove-all-the-single-carriage-returns bug/feature is fixed.)

They are right, though in one respect. There is a lot of garbage-in-garbage-out here. It is easy to connect the world to fairy tale kings through the tree. But it's also possible to build your tree to reflect reality.

As an example, right now one of my big concerns is that somewhere between the Capetians and the Ostrogoths, 10 generations have been bypassed somewhere. I could turn around and say that this is the fault of the open genealogical input model that Geni operates with and walk away from it all, or I could actually try to do something about it. That opportunity to do something about it is actually something I like, so my personality goes well with this.

Anyway, probably time for me to step off the soapbox and maybe get some sleep. -Ben.

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12/3/2010 at 9:00 AM

Randy,

The TalkBack page on Wikipedia is SERIOUSLY outdated.

I'm going to raise curators Harald and Shmuel who are Wikipedia Admins and see if they feel like getting it corrected.

12/14/2010 at 7:58 AM

This discussion topic has some info on recent efforts to update the geni.com article on Wikipedia.

http://www.geni.com/discussions/66128#

12/21/2010 at 7:06 AM

Amazingly negative-- especially the talk page.

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