FAQ

Updated 1st March 2015

To assist you understand the Website, we share the following Frequently Asked Questions.

These and other useful answers are also available on our support site

Questions

  1. What is the cost to become a Member of Finders Cafe and use all its features?
  2. Who owns the copyright of information Threads, Images and Comments that are uploaded onto the Website by Members?
  3. What happens to the information Threads, Images and Content in my Account and any future rewards generated from other Members unlocking my Threads, after I am gone?
  4. What is Finders Cafe's approach to data preservation, if the Website ceased to operate?
  5. Who would be interested in unlocking access to a Photo of my Grandfather, when I am the only child born in our line?
  6. I am 55 and looking for a photo of my Great Great Grandmother. She had ten children, but I cannot find one living relative who has a photo of her. How can Finders Cafe help?
  7. How much information do I need to list in the "Relationship to the Subject" field when I am building Threads?
  8. Would Finders Cafe be a better website to join, for family research?
  9. How do I work out a fair Credit Value to list a photo?
  10. Am I allowed to use any of the User Provided Content for marketing, business or commercial uses?

1. What is the cost to become a Member of Finders Cafe and use all its features?

Finders Cafe can be used for Free, including the highest level of Membership, which is known as a Free Pro Member. All you have to do is regularly upload and share new images. However, if you do not wish to share images, then you can pay as you go, at a minimal cost each month. Go to Membership Subscription Options.

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2. Who owns the copyright of information Threads, Images and Comments that are uploaded onto the Website by Members?

Finders Cafe will not take ownership of any copyright owned by its Members. However, a Member has the option to assign ownership to Finders Cafe if they wish or to another nominated beneficiary of their choice. This simple process is outlined in the User Agreement.

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3. What happens to the information Threads, Images and Content in my Account and any future rewards generated from other Members unlocking my Threads, after I am gone?

Yes, we have been asked this question and it is one we take seriously. At any time you wish, you may nominate another Finders Cafe Member to be the benefactor of your account. That includes copyright of the material and any future rewards from other Members unlocking your Threads. This benefactor must be a Member, who may be a relative, life partner, friend, business partner or any other person you wish. To nominate a third party benefactor, see the User Agreement.

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4. What is Finders Cafe's approach to data preservation, if the Website ceased to operate?

The Finders Cafe goal and conviction is to Preserve, Validate, and allow others to Discover their history long into the future. For this reason, if the Website could no longer maintain and make available the stored User Provided Content to its Members, Finders Cafe would identify an organisation with a similar goal and conviction to the preservation of history, or a world's best practice research library, to maintain and continue development of the resource into the future. See Data Preservation.

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5. Who would be interested in unlocking access to a Photo of my Grandfather, when I am the only child born in our line?

Well, you just don't know. There are people all over the world researching to find their family history and the branches that grew from a common ancestor. Maybe, unknown to you, your Grandfather had a Sister, who had a child in some far away land, who also had a child. So then, somewhere in the world, you would have a first cousin. But not surprising, they may also be researching their Grandmother's family and you happen to hold the link, a photo of their Great Uncle "John Smith" with family relationship attributes which match yours. The social history attributes of the Artefact form the framework which link our family histories and their stories. So I would say lots of people could be interested in unlocking access to a photo of your Grandfather.

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6. I am 55 and looking for a photo of my Great Great Grandmother. She had ten children, but I cannot find one living relative who has a photo of her. How can Finders Cafe help?

Photos are records of our social history and are taken on many types of occasions. Therefore, relationships other than family can assist discover a photo of your GG Grandmother. When Members build Threads with a photo image, they will list family and other associated people and places which will assist identify the subject person in the photo. Therefore, as a Pro Member or Free Pro Member, when you search, use a name of any distant relation of your GG Grandmother or any know social acquaintance. That person could be the link to finding the photo of your GG Grandmother. The more photos uploaded into the Finders Cafe Website, the greater the probability you will find Information and Images related to you.

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7. How much information do I need to list in the "Relationship to the Subject" field when I am building Threads?

The more correct information you upload, the higher the VALe-date+TM rating will be for that Thread. This means the Thread will be easier to find by many more Members. Some of these Members may go on to leave you with additional information Comments or even fully unlock the Thread. The more relevant information you list the higher the VALe-date+TM rating will be. This will increase the suggested Credit Value of the Thread and will potentially be of more interest to other Members. The number of Members unlocking your Threads contributes to your individual Member Rating, as it shows that others have confidence in your ability to accurately catalogue your Artefacts. Members will access more and reward you more for Threads with a higher Finders Cafe VALe-date+TM rating.

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8. Would Finders Cafe be a better website to join, for family research?

All family history sites play their own valuable roll. We believe Finders Cafe is an excellent Website to Preserve, Validate, Discover and Share your valuable social history artefacts and their associated Images, Information, Comments, and Stories. Finders Cafe is unique in that it can deliver precise results as a history research tool and it can also be used FREE. So please come onboard and enjoy the benefits.

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9. How do I work out a fair Credit Value to list a photo?

To assist you determine your Thread Credit Value, Finders Cafe has a Suggested Credit Value which is derived from an internal automated valuing methodology Powered by Finders Cafe VALe-date+TM. It is also the free choice of the listing Member to change their listed Thread Credit Value, up or down, at anytime, as they see fit. The final determination of what a Member might consider to be a fair market value is the responsibility of the Member listing the Thread and the Member unlocking access to the Thread. Go to Finders Cafe VALe-date+TM User Guide.

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10. Am I allowed to use any of the User Provided Content for marketing, business or commercial uses?

The answer is No. You may use the content as described in the User Agreement and its Limited Use Licence. However, you can contact us, as we may have an alternative limited use license that will suit both you and the Member who owns the copyright. Simply contact us and let us know your request.

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