'Notes' changed to 'Biography' when creating a new profile?

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When you create a new profile, after the name/date fields there are two text boxes: Notes and Sources.  Would it be a good idea to change the name of the text box called 'Notes' to 'Biography' or 'Biography/Notes'?

This might encourage contributors old and new to a) put a short bio in there; or b) notify them that eventually a biography will be requested.
in Policy and Style by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten
I like Biography/Notes

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It's an interesting question, Ros. I think I'll move this from WikiTree Tech to Policy & Style.

I don't like inconsistencies like this, but sometimes they're appropriate. The original logic: A newer member might be intimidated by something that says "Biography" and would hesitate to enter anything there. More experienced members know that random notes are OK. This is a wiki. Biographies are meant to evolve significantly over time. More experienced members also know that the notes are going in the Biography section.
by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
That's why I suggested the alternative title of 'Biography/Notes'... ;)
Experienced users will enter a minimum of data before saving.  Entering a long bio and lots of sources and losing it all and having to start again = basic rookie mistake.
Good point, RJ. That was part of the original logic as well.

I think for a long time we had it labeled "Biographical notes" which is similar to your suggestion, Ros. I'm not sure there was a lot of thought behind simplifying it to "Notes".
The only reason I suggested it is because it seems rather odd to enter something in a box named 'Notes', only to find your entry in a box (and under a heading) called 'Biography'.  For the longest time, I wouldn't enter anything in the 'Notes' box in case my data didn't reappear.

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