barbdale_1 wrote: "But findagrave is about finding ancestors, whether or not the creator intended it to be."
Response: No, that's how *you* use it. Most of us use census as a means of finding relatives (or info about them at a specific moment in time) but it is not and never will be *intended* for genealogical purposes unless you manage to get the U. S. Constitution changed.
barbdale_1 wrote: "the creator is not doing it out of the goodness of his heart, he is getting advertising money. The more people that view the site, the more money he gets."
Response: And expenses. More people viewing the web-site requires bigger, better equipment to handle the higher traffic. As far as advertising revenue - I use Adblocker so do not even see the ads. Many web ads require click-thrus and possibly purchases made after the click-thru. Do you? I don't.
barbdale_1 wrote: "I appreciate when people go to a lot of work to post pictures, but when they make a big deal about how many they have done, it gets a bit old."
Response: I honestly don't know anyone who makes a big deal out of how many memorials they have created. I see a lot of talk about "how many" memorials someone has created but those comments are usually always made by people who want discretionary transfers from the person they are talking about. Such as: "So-and-so has 50,000 memorials but they won't transfer my 3rd cousin's mother-in-law! How can they possibly 'manage' that many memorials?"
barbdale_1 wrote: "I also get tired of being hounded by people to connect relatives - If I post a picture and am managing it, it is no one's business whether the relatives are linked."
Response: Find A Grave is a collaborative web-site - meaning every member can have input on any memorial. If you don't make the suggested update, the person who sent it can forward the suggestion to admins who WILL do it.
barbdale_1 wrote: "I am posting through Rootsweb, so it is free to me."
Response: Rootsweb is 100% owned by Ancestry; ergo, you are using a free *portion* of Ancestry. Is ALL of Ancestry free? No. If you want to use ALL of Ancestry, you have to have a paid subscription. You may not have to pay for it (such as a library who provides access to Ancestry) out of your own pocket, but it is paid. Is the same true for Find A Grave? No. It is 100% free to anyone with internet access.