Some feedback from my Error Report for the current week:
From a total of 130 errors, there were 51 recorded as “511 Unique first name (spelling)”. Of these, several were beyond my control (not on trusted list and profile not “open”, and two were clear typos.
The disturbing part was that there were 40 False Errors and there are two areas that need to be addressed here.
37 of those 40 “unique” names were certainly “unusual” but were the names given at birth. From my experience, with predominantly Australian families of British heritage, such names are historically based, e.g. the maiden name of mother, grandmother, or other ancestor. Although these names are often passed down through many generations, albeit with spelling variations over time, and may occur more than once, you will not find them twenty, ten, or even five times as a general rule.
Other “unique” names are often given which relate to a specific life event or place of birth and which will invariably be a once-off occurrence on Wikitree. A real example of this is my relative’s first (proper) given name which was Werribee - named after the river which ran parallel to the road in which the family lived and the birth occurred.
Another cause of 511 errors, which related to three profiles on my report, was the appearance of the preferred first name as the only first name on the profile being checked. In all three cases, the error report clearly referred to a Public View of a Private profile, where the preferred name only appears as the given name. The preferred name in these cases is an abbreviation of their full name which appears only on Public or Open profiles.
Although I was able to correct two genuine errors, the amount of work involved in checking all of those listed 511 errors and satisfying myself that they were, in fact, false errors, makes me wonder whether I will bother looking at 511s in the future.
Having said all that, Ales, keep up the good work - your program is MAGIC