Are subheadings needed in the biography part of a profile?

+6 votes
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I try to present biographies in my profiles in a narrative form. When I adopt a profile with subheadings, most are removed to smooth the flow of the narrative. But, someone had added headers for birth and marriage data expanded in the biography and including reference. Are headers used by individual preference or not?
in Policy and Style by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 4 (44.3k points)

4 Answers

+12 votes
It's personal. I prefer to tell someone's story as a narrative when headers are irritants. Others prefer to highlight the BMD Information. Not nice when someone chooses to impose their choice on your work.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (264k points)
My preference is to use the subheadings, but I agree with C., it should be the Profile Manager's choice.  I think it depends somewhat on the length of the Bio.  Some of these Bio's that go on forever seem much more readable if they're subdivided in some logical way.
+5 votes
It's personal IF you are the only person working on the profile. Otherwise, it's a matter of consensus among those who are actively contributing/monitoring the profile (NOT just the PM -- the role of the PM is to coordinate the profile, they don't control it). Except in the case of very short and simple bios, subheadings are generally desirable, just as you would expect in a wikipedia article. I'm not sure well-chosen subheadings need to detract from narrative flow. However, in the case of profiles where some of the important genealogical facts are unsettled (eg, a lot of older profiles), it is often necessary and desirable to sacrifice some narrative flow in order to have a full discussion of the evidence.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (210k points)
+6 votes
I think a subheading should contain at least a paragraph with a some substantial content. So if you describe someone's marriage with one or two sentences, a subheading 'marriage' would just be distracting. However when you would include more information about the marriage and it becomes a longer paragraph, a subheading would be desirable.
by Koen van Hoof G2G6 Mach 3 (38.6k points)
+6 votes
Like others have said, it’s your preference. Mine is to write a story of someone’s life. No subheadings for me.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)

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