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Rags (#47461407)
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Bio Photo This was posted on the profile page of my friend EYEDIGG (contr# 48685271), from which I borrowed it with permission.

"Concerning the EDIT tab and SAC's:

I agree that their deployment has been a great leap forward for ease of adding and changing info. That said, we seem to take 3 steps forward & 2 steps back, or even 4 steps back. Would love to hear what you think.

I would send you individual SAC's, but this new "protection" Ancestry has initiated prevents me from sending them. I can submit simple edit-requests, but if I attempt any explanation, the reCAPTCHA's capture me. I have been successfully negotiating CAPTCHA's literally for YEARS, but NOW, on FINDAGRAVE, I can't see the photos well enough, evidently, and then I get to a gibberish page, which I probably couldn't transcribe in 2 HOURS, and I am told I have 2 minutes for completion. I no longer attempt ANY SAC's. I will not waste my time.

I certainly do not wish to deter anyone from making contributions. I have come to love this site, and that is why it is so difficult to cease contributing, if that is what I must do. I will occasionally contact someone by email, but many contributors don't show their email addresses publicly. Many don't even accept public messages. And, for minor corrections, to leave FaG and log on to an email service is, frankly, too much effort."

What are your thoughts?


[excerpted from her communication with another concerned graver]
"Hi, Peggy! Thank you for reading and responding to my message concerning reCAPTCHA. I have dealt with CAPTCHAs on other websites for years without a problem. These are just ridiculously difficult. Your experience seems to be different from mine. If I get ONE wrong, I have to do another set. I have done as many as 4 or 5 sets, and then it goes to a page of gibberish, mixed letters, numbers and symbols, with the instruction to type it within 2 minutes. If I were an expert typist, I don't believe I could do it in 2 minutes. Besides, I don't think I am failing ALL the picture tests. I'm so angry I just want to quit FindaGrave altogether. I have sent email to edit@findagrave, but they send me back a form-letter, and I get the impression that no one is actually reading what I wrote. I have ALREADY DONE EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SUGGESTING. I can't see the pictures well enough to get them all correct, so it gives me another test. After several tests, I get the page of gibberish. I can't copy/paste it, and I can't transcribe it in two minutes (or in two hours, for that matter), so I am effectively shut down.
"I believe I was making a significant contribution to Findagrave. NOWADAYS, I'm just treading water. I can send virtual flowers. I can post a new memorial. beyond that, I am shut down, unless I want to do everything by email. Many contributors won't even post their email address. I do not own a personal computer computer. If I wish to send email, I have to open another browser and log in to Gmail or Yahoo. For typos and minor corrections, frankly, I just don't have the time. If I am notifying someone that they have created a dupe, I try to write a thoughtful, considerate message, not just a rude note. We need more people making more entries. I don't want to run anyone off. But after I take the time to write the note, take 4 or 5 CAPTCHA tests, and then STILL don't get to send the message, what's the point? I'm just spinning my wheels, running my battery down to no purpose. NO MORE. I'm not wasting my time.

You have a good day, now, y'hear?""

Eyedigg, I agree totally! My situation is similar. I have never before encountered CAPTCHA tests which I could not successfully pass. This Findagrave software is indicating that I NEVER pass. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT. And then I am given a page of gibberish and asked to transcribe it WITHIN TWO MINUTES!

I understand the need to prevent computerized denial-of-service attacks. Believe me, I am VERY AWARE of such problems. But my understanding was that the EDIT tab and the SAC system are intended to facilitate improvement of this website. I contend that this new reCAPTCHA screening is accomplishing JUST THE OPPOSITE.

What are your views?

[I can be reached at Ragityman(at)gmail(dot)com.]
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RE: Eleanor Roosevelt pic
Thank you wonderful idea.
Added by AMMNY on Feb 06, 2017 6:19 AM
Tom Owen
Donna BLair & Evelyne Callicott
You requested Donna Blair (b. 1930, d. 2013) and Evelyne Callicott (b. 1909, d. 2001)

The office is very friendly and it usually only takes a a few minutes to do a look up. I try to not bother them too much myself which is why I ask the requestors to get the location so I don't take up too much of their time personally.
Added by Tom Owen on Nov 24, 2016 10:21 AM
Tom Owen
Memorial Park in Memphis

Earlier this year you requested a grave photo at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. This cemetery is quite large and without a plot location it is near impossible to just stumble upon a requested grave.
I am happy to try to fulfill your request though if you will contact the office and ask for the plot location.
Just let me know, or post the plot on the memorial and I will try to fulfill it in the near future
The office can be reached at (901) 767-8930
Added by Tom Owen on Nov 17, 2016 1:27 PM
RE: Helsley #116940527 & 150103177
You did not offend me and if my message sounded that way I apologize.
Added by Peg on Nov 04, 2016 9:31 PM
RE: Helsley #116940527 & 150103177
I have no connection or interest with this family. In the past I randomly left flowers on memorials while searching for my ancestors. After receiving so many messages to see if I am related I decided to no longer do it. Good luck with your searching.
Added by Peg on Oct 24, 2016 10:59 AM
Darius Rogers
John Wesley Waters
Your burial unknown is actually FG 54317260 buried in Shiloh Cemetery. Yours is a duplicate.
Added by Darius Rogers on Sep 13, 2016 2:24 AM
Karl Hamlin
John Wesley Waters 1
Got your note. His wife, Sarah Mize, was my 5th cousin, 4X removed. We could be related.
Karl Hamlin
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RE: 14415120 Cal Lufkin
You can take possession of it.
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RE: Helsley #116940527
I did not know him. I randomly leave flowers when I am searching for my ancestors.
Added by Peg on Apr 30, 2016 5:10 PM
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