Re: Geni Family Trees #general


Joyaa Antares
 

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 04:58 PM, E. Randol Schoenberg wrote:
On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 05:22 AM, Joyaa Antares wrote:

I have taken a look at the page - thanks. 
[https://www.geni.com/people/MaHaRaL-of-Prague-%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%94%D7%A8-%D7%9C-%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%92/6000000002236005169]

I can see that there are 115 managers and one curator.

Why is it that under the "sources" tab, no sources are listed? 

Joyaa please look under the Media tab on the Maharal's profile.  There you will find (on the right side) 18 documents.  Click on "View all" and you will find them, including the most recent scholarship at https://photos.geni.com/p13/5f/b2/30/28/5344484b40a82955/judah_loew_ben_bezalel_called_maharal_original.pdf

You can also view the 8 public Discussion on the profile, including this one.

https://www.geni.com/people/MaHaRaL-of-Prague-%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%94%D7%A8-%D7%9C-%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%92/6000000002236005169#/tab/discussion

As I have said, and as I know from my own experience 11 years ago, there is a very steep learning curve for Geni.  There's a lot more to it than you will notice when you first come to it, if you are only looking for things you are familiar with from other websites.

Randy and Other Geni Users,

Randy - thanks for your reply. I asked why no sources are listed under Maharal's profile, and you directed me to the "media" tab, which shows images and documents, including a 57-page pdf, and other items.  Following your directions, I found wonderful material but not really what I was looking for.
For example, the main page claims dates and pages for the Maharal's birth and death:


I'd expect to be able to turn to the sources tab to locate the source for these facts - and I don't mean to be able to open a link to a large pdf (although that's a nice added extra) - but simple one-line reference.   In exactly the same way, if I wanted the source for "love thy neighbour as thyself", I wouldn't expect to be handed the Bible and told to locate where this is written.  Rather, a one line reference, "Leviticus 19:18", and I can then go to the Bible to verify this if I want to.   

Thus, the source for the birth might say:   Putik and Polakovic, "Judah Loewben Bezalel, Called Maharal– A Study on His Genealogy and Biography", in [Book name, editors names, year of publication, ... ] page 50. - according to whatever referencing system that Geni users want to use.  And by all means put the pdf of the entire chapter under "media" copyright allowing.

Obviously, this isn't a standard that one might reasonably expect of every Geni profile, but it's fair to expect this for a profile that is held up a scholarly, and has over 100 "managers" and a curator.

The other link you provided (to discussions) didn't lead to a single discussion but to all of the discussions.  I don't know which discussion you intended me to look at. I couldn't see whether Geni has the facility to direct a reader to a specific discussion.

Re. your comment, "... there is a very steep learning curve for Geni.  There's a lot more to it than you will notice when you first come to it, if you are only looking for things you are familiar with from other websites.".  However, taken in the context of my points, this translates to a lack of intuitiveness and/or transparency.  

Lastly, "115 managers and one curator".  Please can someone explain why this profile has or needs 116 people to look after it.  Is a manager necessarily someone who manages the profile?  Could the term "manager" be misleading? 

Thanks very much, Joyaa ANTARES
Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

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