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Watch List, making it possible to connect through Messages or Email

Hey there Programmers!! :D. A GOOD DAY TO YOU!

I would love to be able to connect by either Messages or Email the persons or people that are using my WATCH LIST and following my ancestries! It would seem that those persons would somehow have an interested in or be apart of my Family Tree and we could be of valuable help to one another. Would you be able to make that possible when updating your behind the scenes changes??? Good Idea huh! :). I am having a great time here on FamilySearch ...THANK YOU! Donna Johnson Sant
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    Donna, by "people that are using my watch list", do you mean other people who are watching some of the same profiles?

    I believe it has been suggested before that there be some method by which one can find out who else is watching a profile. Until or unless FS does something along these lines, the partial workaround is to check who else has made changes to the profile you're watching, and contact those people using the internal messaging system. No, you will not get everyone who could possibly have that profile on his/her watch list, but you'll get the active ones, and the ones you miss will likely include a few who hit the "watch" link by accident or are otherwise unclear on concept regarding FS FT.
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  • Thanks so much for your info. Yes, I do mean Watch List on profiles in family trees. I also look at changes make and have contacted propel that way. Sometimes it is Family Search itself. I do believe this could be an easy Programmer fix, and so now we will see what they do next! :D. Have a good day Juli! D
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  • One thing to keep in mind when going to a person's page in FamilySearch FamilyTree is that the people who make changes after summer of 2016 (which is when FamilyTree became independent of all previous systems) are more likely to be current or at least recent users.

    Before the link with newFamilySearch was finally severed, they may have never used Family Tree.

    Also, when FamilySearch appears at the user, that only means that the data came from a previous system -or- on very rare occasions support had to make a change that the patron could not make.

    I seldom attempt to contact anyone who made changes more than late last year (2017), simply because they may or may not be watching the person.

    One thing that would be nice is to be able to contact every person who is watching that relative (ancestor or descendant of an ancestor). I hope this is something that is implemented with the person page is reworked over the next year or so.
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  • I asked a similar question this week but it seems not to have posted. A similar feature was requested in this post from 2016:

    https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    I think messaging would be best initially, for privacy concerns. Knowing exactly who they are is less important to me.

    As a researcher, I've used Juli's suggested workaround to contact someone who kept restoring bad information I had corrected. Whether my messages or the "someone is watching" got through to him I don't know, but he finally stopped.

    I would like to contact watchers personally when I change something they're watching, rather than wait for the system to alert them. Since the problem that made me hesitate involved odd geography without a source vs more likely geography with a source, I hope my carefully written reason statement will reassure them.
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    Thanks for raising the issue again - Contacting fellow "Watchers" is an excellent IDEA.

    It APPEARS that in (Official Rep) Joe Martel's comment to that year old post that FS MIGHT be considering facilitation of communication among "Watchers"

    "Yes, thanks for this request. For now you can look at the contributors of the Person by looking at the conclusions or the changelog."

    For a (much) longer discussion (9 Mos ago) on the issue see: https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    Excerpts (with my apologies for quoting myself)

    "3 It would also be helpful to contact all of those who are "Watching" an individual. A note shows when editing 'watched' PID's: "21 users of Family Tree are watching this person. If you change this information, these users will be notified."
    Notifications are nice, but wouldn't it be possible to turn this watchlist into a responsive forum/discussion? (Without knowing who they are, that's difficult.)"

    "A (THE) key to solving merging, duplication and various other problems may very well lie in one of the fundamental reasons for creating FSTree as open-edit. That key is 'encouraging collaboration' and setting up methods to better utilize the concept!!!

    One can collaborate with another person, or maybe a dozen or two, but is virtually impossible to cooperate with a hundred, or worse, several million. This is especially true when the many of the directly interested parties are not even KNOWN (aka those who are fellow ANONYMOUS users on the 'Watch list")

    At some point when there are frequent 'back and forth' merges, change, duplications and disagreements, without any apparent resolution; when it becomes apparent that after months, or years, without resolution of those differences; it would seem only logical for some interested party (or parties) to be able to call a temporary HOLD on changes to a PID.

    This would 'encourage' or 'require' collaboration by those interested parties to open a discussion in a virtual 'meeting' to come to an understanding on the issue - or possibly to end up with two or three alternatives to adjudicate over a longer period of time.

    FSTree was created in a 'modified' Wiki format. MOST Wiki's require moderating or some type of approval or supervision. That's true of the FamilySearch Wiki; it's true of Wikipedia. It likely needs to be true in FamilySearch, at least, in some limited fashion."
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  • I’m feeling a sense of deja vu.
    If I remember correctly (which sometimes does happen), some folks using the Watch feature opined they did not want more Emails and were happy with the current system.

    To which I respond, IF FAMILYSEARCH MIGHT EVER CONSIDER THE IDEA, the option could be given for the 'Watcher' to use the collective discussion, notification or discussion feature among their fellows.

    To the best of my memory, no one except Joe Martel quoted above (sorry about that, Joe) from FS has opined on this Watcher Email suggestion, or actually explained why not make the option; but we "know" that FS employees read every post.

    Searching through the 959 forum topics found for "watch fist" - actually the recent ones in the first 9 (of 96 pages), there are many excellent suggestions:

    A concrete suggestion from Gordon Collett in 2017 https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    Here IS one FS employee comment from 6 years ago (before I joined):

    "Significant improvements to the watch list are being worked on right now and should be available in the next few weeks." . . . . with a user follow up: "Since it has been a year since I made this suggestion I am checking in to see if it has moved a notch up the priority list or if there are any more thoughts about doing these kind of features.

    The Watch List IS still a very helpful tool. It has now apparently capped at 4,000 names and can be viewed, without waiting for the periodic update >> under Family Tree/Lists. It does also now have multiple sorting capabilities. (improvements from 6 yrs. ago).

    So people persistently post, while practicing patience on predicting priorities.

    COLLABORATION Can be the Key for Curing and Correcting Common misCues.
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