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A.J. Marik (#1003)
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Replacement of FindAGrave Tombstone Logo with Ancestry '3 Leaf Twig' Logo
Dear A J Marik,

. I just public messaged Russ the below as he seems to be still on staff at FindAGrave, and may just be able to help, whereas your status is more in question.

Dear Russ,

Just this evening I noticed that some Ancestry 'wiz-kid' has decided to replace the FindAGrave Tombstone Logo with the Ancestry '3 Leaf Twig' logo on the window tabs for the Open windows at the top of our PC screens.

Please reconsider this change, you have tens of thousands of Contributors spending their leisure time working to enhance their family trees and stories, and too the quality of the ever expanding Ancestry Group of 'for Profit' businesses, and any small thing Ancestry can do to ease, Not Complicate, the process is very important to your Volunteers.

Look at it from our perspective. During a typical session, we may have a half dozen or more Windows open, switching back and forth from FindAGrave memorial pages, to US Census images, SSDI lists and records, alternate source sites such as VaGenWeb, etc., all in an attempt to most accurately find, compile and submit the most accurate data possible.

This change is just another negative change brought to us from Ancestry. We need to be more able, not less able, to efficiently switch from one window to another. Think about it from the User's view point, not the corporate conglomerate branding view point.

Ancestry is following in the Dignity Cemeteries footsteps, in the 'big business' model where each Cemetery gobbled up by their corporation gets it's historical cemetery signage replaced by the same mega-corporation logo. Just like McDonald's, numbers go up, quality gets worse.

While I'm here, I might as well let you know that your site's plethora of ads only serves to slow down our efforts, with useless ads for stuff dare I say your primary corps of volunteers are not at all interested in. Thank God, some has seen fit to seemingly cease the obnoxious, interruptive audio-video ads that pestered us for only a day or two.

Another negative obnoxiousness is the '5 logo social media' hide-away tab. how about allowing us Contributors Opt Out of all the useless distractions so we can work more efficiently to enhance your/our site.

I have no doubt, that once read, this message will be deleted, but at least it was presented to you. Whether you act on ours suggestions to make it easier for us to do our work is up to you, or whomever is running this site.

I look forward to your considered reply.

Thank you and the other original FindAGrave staffers for all you did to make this site the phenomenon it has grown to. Don't let quality be chipped away in this post Ancestry purchased era.

Always, in FindAGrave brotherhood,
Added by E49 on Sep 27, 2016 7:07 PM

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