Find A Grave - Keeping the spirit of findagrave
My complaint is not about the findagrave service, but about the people who do mass data entry without observing the spirit of findagrave, as I know it. I call them people who do it to rack up "points," one per grave. This is a matter of the heart. When a person who is a family member requests that a memorial be removed that is written by a non-family member so that the family can put the memorial up, the non-family poster should step aside and delete their post. People who enter mass numbers of graves are important and help family history researchers to find people.
However, when family requests that they allow the family to put up the memorial, it is uncouth and unconscionable not to step aside. It is not in the spirit of findagrave as I perceive it. I find myself wondering if findagrave might be held hostage by the sheer number of graves entered by people who, in a tantrum, might delete thousands of graves. How does this affect how they administrate? Do they simply get worn out from the bickering? Theirs must be a difficult position to be in.
As for the advertising, the website must pay for itself. The sheer number of hits per day would drive up the cost of maintaining the site, as this eats bandwidth of the trunk lines going into the servers. The trunklines and the servers must be paid for, along with the electricity and the professionals that maintain everything. $5 is very reasonable to remove advertising from a memorial. I plan over time to remove the ads from those associated with my family, though I have not gotten around to that yet.
Booh for the points-rackers who do not bow to the requests of families. This is not the fault of findagrave.