- If my Ancestry.com subscription lapses will my links to premium data still be valid?
- What can be gained by paying for a subscription website such as Ancestry?
- With an Ancestry.com account do I have access to other sites they own? which was closed as being off-topic
After looking at this group, I added the subscription tag to Catch 22: how do you know if a data provider's sub will be valuable to you — before you subscribe?, which was already tagged with locating-records.
Since the tag had no usage guidance, I added some:
Research guidance on how to make the most effective use of subscriptions to paid data providers such as Ancestry, findmypast, The Genealogist, My Heritage, etc. Questions should focus on the advantages and disadvantages of using the service rather than asking shopping questions like "which subscription is the best?"
At least one of these questions is also tagged website which has the following usage guidance:
Use this tag for questions about websites which assist a researcher with genealogy or family history research or sharing what they've learned. This does not include questions about software (which has a separate tag).
This tag has more info that explains which questions are good and which questions to avoid. As I write this, there are 23 questions with this tag.
The tag information has the following advice:
It would also be helpful if you were explicit in your question about the exact website you're using, as (for example) findmypast.com and findmypast.co.uk have different interfaces and different recordsets available.
After looking at website and the guidance there, I feel that my advice on when to use subscription is not sufficient. Do we want to keep the tag subscription, and if so, how should we advise that it be used? What advice should we give in the longer block of tag info that would show the user when to use subscription, and when to use website. Should questions have one or the other, or are there cases when they should have both?
As for ancestry.com, I would like to see all the question titles edited to say only "Ancestry" in most cases, unless the question specifically refers to one country's site or another (in which case, I'd rather see "Ancestry US" than "Ancestry.com". However, there's an argument for keeping the tag ancestry.com to make it clear the tag refers to the website rather than the general concept of 'ancestry'.
Your thoughts, please.