Is it customary to reject all matches that don't merge?

+1 vote
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I've routinely not rejected unmatched profiles, wondering if I should go back and reject all potentials.
in Genealogy Help by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten

2 Answers

+2 votes
Hi Tom,

That's a good question. (For others: Tom is asking whether you should mark all suggested matches as Rejected Matches if you're not going to propose merges.)

I don't really have an answer.

I would say that it's a good idea to reject all matches that don't represent the same people, but I have two reservations about doing this:

First, we're always improving our matching system. This means that while they may come up as suggested matches today, if they really don't look alike, they may not tomorrow, so it's unnecessary to make them as Rejected Matches.

Second, Rejected Matches are recorded in Activity Feeds. We plan on removing these, and only leaving them in when someone is rejecting a proposed merge. Until we do that, rejecting matches that look nothing alike crowds the feeds.

Personally, if two profiles are easily confused, I mark them as Rejected Matches. Otherwise I don't do it consistently.

Chris
by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thanks, identical names are the only ones I routinely reject. I will continue in this manner.
+4 votes
Hi Tom,

I've noticed you thanking me for rejecting matches, so I wanted to throw in my two cents ;)

I think that removing rejections from the activity feed is a great idea - it isn't that useful for me to know right away that someone decided that Mary Allen born 1855 in Ontario is different from Mary Allen born 1865 in Bermuda, but it is still useful to reject the match to make the odds of finding an actual match easier. I do reject all matches that don't merge, because I hate having my "Find Matches" cluttered with obvious mismatches that make it harder for me to see possible matches at a glance. If I've got 35 William Lloyds that don't match any of mine, and someone adds a new one, chances are my eye won't be able to pick it out immediately and I could be missing out on a good match. Also, it means that profiles I've added later are at the end of multiple pages of mismatches and it's a pain to click through to check up on everyone.
by Erin Breen G2G6 Pilot (257k points)

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