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December 03, 2011

Throw the Baby Out !


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 has grossed $550,000,000. Fans, millions of young teens, are willing to spend their month’s allowance to see a Vampire and a cute human girl roll around in the marriage bed. The acting is terrible, but the characters are handsome. Movie producers will not throw good money after bad. They know where the $$$’s are. But that is precisely what the Online Genealogy Projects are doing, Wasting Good time and Energy into losing enterprises.
Take a quick look at USGenNet. The whole of it is but a hollow trunk. They have sunk mucho bucks into that ill-fated mouse trap since 1998. Everything failed. Their US Data Repository has been around for years. It is an empty bucket. Empty. The few web sites they still sponsor are some of the worst in the world of genealogy: empty websites. Yet, it hangs on, polluting the Internet.
ALHN: Good idea, except they followed the same format as USGenWeb. On the Alaska site, for instance, they say this:
Notice: ALHN AK is hosted by USGenNet, Inc., a nonprofit Safe Haven educational web-hosting service providing historical and historical-genealogical Free-access websites. USGenNet is solely supported by tax-deductible contributions. If you have received a benefit from your visit here today, please consider making a contribution to USGenNet and support Free-access online history and genealogy.

I ask you this: Is our job as genealogists to support USGenNet or to put data online? Which?

On the California ALHN site are 47 counties up for adoption. I’m not picking on California or Alaska, they are typical of the web sites at ALHN. They have been following the USGenWeb format since creation with marked failure. One definition of insanity is to keep trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. Time to give it up.

Over on TTTP the most prominent request is for Volunteers. One TTTP’er even went of Facebook and asked for 500 volunteers to come to TTTP’s rescue. FIVE-HUNDRED?? Where they coming from?
Time to give it up.
The other two Projects Genealogy trails and Lost Souls are in the same sinking boat. They had grand ideas, but where are the Volunteers? A logical tact would be to join USGenWeb. Of course, the stench is so bad at USGenWeb that few knowledgeable volunteers world venture into those polluted waters.

This leaves one Project to consider.You do know where volunteers, technical support, great management and state of the art FREE web space. You can see the water, but only you will decide to drink. If you prefer to die of thrust, so be it.

For The Daryl

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you returned to earth. The choice of Projects by volunteers is determined by several factors. Decisions may soon be made for the members of USGenWeb. My source say secret discussions by the leadership are preparing to discharge members who have dual affiliation. It has to do with inappropriate content. The Advisory Board can define inappropriate content. Those who display multiple projects logos may soon find they are out of a job at genweb. Most of the other web projects don’t allow dual citizenship; stands to reason doesn’t it?

Joker said...

Hello,
This blog will self-destruct on January 5, 2012. It will no longer exist. The interest in this subject matter is not worth the investment in time to pursue it.
If you want to copy and save the posts, have at it. I see no Hope for Online Project Genealogy to free itself from the muck.
Joker

Anonymous said...

Joker,

"You do know where volunteers, technical support, great management and start of the art FREE web space." Is this a plug for AHGP?

Please clarify.

Joker said...

He/she said:
"Please clarify."

Naaaa, I don't want to.