Thursday, July 21, 2005

Clogging the System -- NOT!!

DearREADERS,
This morning I've spent too much time trying to work through some problems between researchers who post to one of the RootsWeb message boards I administer as a volunteer. That crept into my "column writing' time. Being the creative type, and wishing to "kill 2 birds with 1 stone" I've decided to let you in on the results of my efforts. These are the postings I had to make to rectify the situation:


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APPROPRIATE MESSAGE BOARD BEHAVIOR
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Someone recently replied to a PIERCE COUNTY WASHINGTON message board posting by stating (quite erroneously):

"...Another example of the needless posting of obituaries using server space for no one inquiring. Please ask RootsWeb to stop the indiscriminate posting of obituaries. It takes up a lot of bandwidth, and will ultimately slow inquires, as well as ultimately cause servers to fail for lack of space."

Such inaccurate and inappropriate message board postings will not be tolerated.

The server space and access lines provided by Ancestry/RootsWeb/MyFamily are more than adequate to handle the load.

Transcriptions of all types are encouraged, where copyright infringements are not at issue. A greater volume of postings increases the likelihood that researchers will make a connection with information on members of their family trees.

Such "flaming" will not be tolerated. Consider this fair warning that any offending parties will be dropped from access to this message board.

Pat Richley,
Message Board Adminstrator
Pierce County, Washington

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OfFERING USE OF PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS IS INAPPROPRIATE
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These RootsWeb message boards are for the free public exchange of genealogical research advice and information.

Please be advised that it is inappropriate to use these message boards as a means to solicit business, whether through board postings or private email.

It is also inappropriate to use these public message boards to offer research services as a method to circumvent another researcher's joining a "pay-per-view" website such as:
-- HeritageQuestOnline
-- Ancestry.com (including census images online)
-- 1837online.com
-- Genealogy.com
-- Scotlandspeople.gov.uk

For guidelines about the use of these message boards see:

ANCESTRY MESSAGE BOARD TUTORIAL:
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=help&r=rw

ROOTSWEB ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY:
http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/aup.html

If family historians wish to hire an experienced genealogical researcher, may I suggest:
HIRING A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS (Research Outline from the Family History Library):
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=HIRING.ASP

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION:
www.bcgcertification.org/

ICapGen
www.icapgen.org/

Association of Professional Genealogists
www.apgen.org

Pat Richley,
Message Board Administrator
Pierce County, Washington

DearREADERS,
As you can see "Pat Richley" is a lot sterner than this half of my split personality - Ol' Myrt here is going for a lunch break. Heavens! It's 1pm.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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