Style format for auto-linked 'Facts'

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With the auto linking to references through Roots Search showing as *Fact:..." , does this lend too much credibility when it does not guarantee the "fact" was either for that person or is more than details someone else entered with no reference.

I am just a little concerned that it is very easy to click on the "add" button without due diligence. Could we alter the phrase from "Fact" to "Note" or some slightly less definitive statement?
in Policy and Style by Lynlee OKeeffe G2G6 Mach 1 (16.7k points)
...maybe "rumour has it that..." or it is speculated that..."  or perpetuating hog wash found elsewhere until sourced this is all there is".  Something like that.  I agree.  :D
Possible hint?

I agree with your assessment, Lynlee. The term "fact" implies a level of truth and accuracy that may not exist for the related reference.

I feel "Note" or "Data" would be appropriate terms to replace "Fact."

edit: It may be a "fact" that the data was recorded; however, the data itself may not necessarily be a "fact."

People can add details that are not related to the actual profile person no matter how it is phrased. "Fact, Note, It is speculated, Hint" all make no difference as some people will just look at the source and not consider that it may not be accurate.

I have seen research notes that have been ignored and the information intended to disprove a fact used to support an Incorrect Connection, Date or Location. I have seen examples of 1940 US census records on someone who died in 1855 or a profile that had 45 separate references to 45 different FindAGrave memorials for his family members.

Yes some people will just glance at something and assume it is correct and the best way to try and prevent it is to show reasoning behind whatever is added to the profiles and hope that whoever comes afterwards takes the time to read the profile before changing things.

What is ideal is to use what Rootsearch adds and transform it into a proper Biography to expand and explain the sources you have found.

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