I was concerned that I as well as any people who commented on my posts would keep this in mind. For that reason, in setting up the blog, I required that commenters identify themselves. I also required that all comments be approved by me before posting. I did not, however, make my focus on work products completely clear at the outset.
I have permitted a few comments to post that discussed genealogists by name as researchers and as friends. These comments were positive. In the future, however, I most likely will not permit future comments about genealogists to be posted for the public.
My viewpoint about the genealogists who are authors, compilers, editors, and researchers includes these two strong views:
- I believe that all genealogists pursue their research with the intent to do that work well.
- I am appreciative and grateful to all genealogists who share their work with others, whether in print or on the web.
- I believe that all researchers (especially including me) grow and develop as we go along. We gather experience, attend society meetings, take classes and courses, and become measurably better each year.
- I believe that -- when I look back at my older work -- I see many places where it should be improved.
- I believe that the analysis of the usefulness and reliability of work by myself and by others will help me to create better genealogy work products in the future.
- I believe that no work is ever "finished" or "final" because new original documents may come to light or new historical understandings may give us a different point-of-view.