I want to bring this back up because a recent post about copying information from Find-A-Grave adds another reason not to use "first hand knowledge of..." which continues to be used on the creation of new profiles. (I thought we'd changed it along the lines Chris said elsewhere in this thread, but I think something reverted it back...)
In any case, please see:
Why am I finding my exact words on my Find A Grave Memorials on your site?
While some in that thread are arguing about the right to copy facts (vs. narrative) placed by others on other web sites, there is a pretty good chance that the person being accused of copying from Find-A-Grave may indeed have used that site as his source. For example, see:
Note that the information in the death field has some specific information about where Minnie was buried. And note that the auto-created source for this manually created profile reads:
↑ First-hand information as remembered by Randy Huskey, Thursday, January 1, 2015.
And there is a Find a Grave memorial with this same exact information.
So there is at least a possibility that Randy got his information from this findagrave page.
The point is (for this thread HERE), the default Source says "first-hand information as remembered by..."
In addition to the reasons I wrote above about why this is so wrong, another reason it's wrong is for those cases when the wikitree contributor did copy the information from somewhere else. When a researcher from findagrave comes to wikitree and sees entries like this, she has a reasonable reason to be confused if not downright angry that wikitree is claiming that Randy had first-hand knowledge of/remembered this information. And it's not Randy who made that claim-- it's wikitree, through its auto-generated source text when a profile is created.
So now, not only does wikitree make Randy look bad (although in this particular example, he MIGHT have remembered or had first-hand knowledge of this woman's 1958 burial), but it makes wikitree look bad for having generated a statement that a) is likely wrong and b) makes a potential new member really angry at wikitree.
As I've argued elsewhere, "remembered/first hand knowledge" is rarely accurate when creating profiles (unless people are only creating profiles of living or recently deceased people that they directly know/knew). In all other cases, it's inaccurate and wrong, and as the findagrave concern is pointing out, it can also generate strong criticism of wikitree and its members.
Please change the auto-generated source text to something like:
As entered by .... on [date].
If the person added no sources at the time the profile was created, include:
This profile has no sources; please add information about where you obtained this information.