Matchbot needs to do Geography 101

+7 votes
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Just had FIVE Matchbot-proposed merges.  All of them were with profiles from other countries: Australia, US - oh, no, there was one in the same country as mine, just hundreds of miles away on the other side of the country.

Different LNABs in every case, different parents in two cases.  The only thing the profiles had in common was that they were for a lady called Elizabeth who was born in 1879 - and was female.

Perhaps someone could explain to those people who I am helping on WikiTree why I have been unable to help them for an entire half an hour while I sort out Matchbot-proposed matches?
asked in The Tree House by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (491k points)
We could fix him up with this one (however, I think she might be the new US Ambassador to the UN). :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww
I watched the video and I had to :D
Please check out: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:MatchBot_Monitors_Project

There is a handful of volunteers who help sorting out the 50 or so merges that MatchBot proposes every day. So even if the profile managers don't sort them out, someone will. (LOTS of the profiles in proposed merges are orphaned or were left untouched for years).

I'm most definitely NOT arguing with the fact the overwhelming majority of the proposed merges are inept. The system is kept because of the few merges MarchBot finds which are actually correct. If MatchBot found them, it's only because no human found them before it. I'm not arguing with the unpleasantness of receiving a set of ridiculous merge proposals either.

I do wish MatchBot could be tweaked in order to eliminate at least part of the misfires.

1 Answer

+4 votes
Matchbot is only a computer program and as such can only do what the programmer told it to do. It is my feeling that bots have no place in a genealogy site that expects quality because a human has to tell them everything to do anyway. They are being promoted because they are faster than humans but without the ability to do quality work on their own I still feel that the cost to quality is not worth the speed.
answered by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Dale,  I second your thoughts on this topic
But sadly Vicki we are in the minority. This is one of the reasons I no longer try to do any important Quality work on any additions to my family tree on WikiTree. I still maintain the profiles for those I am related to on here and try to keep them accurate but any new work including adding new family members I do at a different location because I do not like the direction WikiTree is going. I will continue to maintain the profiles I manage but my new research is not on here.

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