"I don't even have a big problem with the alternate information being offered as a choice..,."
But to what end? You certainly can't cite that "choice", at least by any definition of "cite" that I understand, with the original document as the source since "alternate data", as I believe it was conceived and implemented by ACOM, is purely a search/research enhancement...and it does that WELL, warts and all.
Fortunately, if I'm interpreting David Graham's comments correctly...
"We’ll look closer at what we could potentially do with alternate data submissions outside of transcription error corrections."
...further deployment of this patent abrogation of basic indexing/citation principles into other ACOM databases will cease and is headed back to the ACOM think tank for reconsideration.
That being said, 2 things still trouble me. The breadth of deployment that has already occured within existing ACOM databases and just how on earth this "genealogy" debacle ever got through whatever process is in place to insure the integrity of ACOM-generated citations.