A headstone image becomes a record after it is approved through the rating process. Red flags are a way to rate images. Here is what they are for and how to use them. 


BillionGraves Website:

#1 Log in to BillionGraves.com.

#2 Hover over Volunteer in the main menu.

#3 A dropdown menu will appear. Click on Transcribe. A headstone image will appear.


Rate an Image:

#1 To rate the image, click thered flag icon in the upper right-hand corner.

#2 A dropdown menu will appear. Select the appropriate option. 



BillionGraves Website

Steps #2 & #3



Rate an Image 

Step #1 

Rate an Image

Step #2  

Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu. 


Examples of Image Quality


The Photo is Good 

If the image is clear, select "the photo is good". 

Although this gravestone is harder to read, it is still a good photo.


The Photo is Blurred

Photos are often blurred when the photographer moves too soon after tapping the camera button or when their thumb gets in the way of the app’s camera lens. 

The "Photo is Blurred" option should only be used if the photo is so blurry you are unable to read what is written on the headstone or determine if it is a headstone at all. If the gravestone is a little blurry but still legible, please transcribe it, since this will give volunteers an incentive to replace it with a better photo. 


The Headstone is Unreadable

Some headstones cannot be read due to weathering or damage even if the photo itself is great. Select the "Headstone is Unreadable" option when the photo is of good quality, but the headstone is no longer readable. The photo will then go into the photographer's Reported Images file. The photographer can either provide a transcription (if they know who is buried there) or send the URL to support@billiongraves.com to request removal. 


Cemetery Gate or Property 

The only photos in the transcription queue should be of individual headstones. So if you come across an image that shows the cemetery gate, an entrance sign, or the cemetery property, select the "Cemetery Gate or Property (Not a Headstone)" option. This will move the photo from the transcription queue to the general images of that cemetery. 


Use the flag option “Cemetery gate or Property” for photos that are not of individual gravestones like this one of the cemetery landscape. 


Not a Headstone 

Many cemetery managers install plat markers to designate locations at the cemetery. These can easily be mistaken for headstones, so sometimes volunteers take photos of them. If you see photos of plat markers in the transcription queue, select the option "Not a Headstone". This will move the image from the transcription queue to the photographer's Reported Images file. You could also send the URL of the plat marker photos to support@billiongraves.com to request removal. 


No Information to Transcribe

Flag images with no name or dates on them with the option "No Information to Transcribe".


Inappropriate Image 

Over the years, volunteers have submitted all kinds of inappropriate images - such as photos of credit cards, babies, or dogs. If you come across a photo in the transcription queue that is something other than a headstone, select the option for "Inappropriate Image". This will move the image from the transcription queue to the photographer's Reported Images file. If it is wildly inappropriate, such as men dressed up as pirates having a brewsky by a headstone (yes, we've seen that one too), please send the URL to support@billiongraves.com for immediate removal. 


Inappropriate Image Examples


Image result for people in a cemetery




Image result for people in a cemetery



Other

If you are unsure how to rate an image, select the "Other" option. This will move the image from the transcription queue to the photographer's Reported Images file. You could also send the URL to support@billiongraves.com to request removal.

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Change the Image Rating

Sometimes well-meaning transcribers flag images with a poor rating when they shouldn't. If there are photos in your own Reported Images file that have been flagged incorrectly, you can change the rating. 


#1 Click on the image that needs to be reclassified. This will open it in the transcription queue.

#2 Click thered flag icon in the upper right-hand corner.

#3 Select the appropriate rating. If you select the "Photo is Good" option, the image will be removed from your Reported Images file.


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Change the Image's Media Status

If an image has been inappropriately flagged with the option "Cemetery Gate or Property (Not a Headstone)" when it really is a headstone, you can change it. 


#1 Click on the image that needs to be reclassified. This will open it in the transcription queue.

#2 Click thered flag icon in the upper right-hand corner.

#3 Select the "Cemetery Gate or Property (Not a Headstone)" option.

#4 Click OK in the pop-up box to reclassify the image as a headstone.


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To learn how to transcribe, click HERE 

For a Transcription Guide, click HERE.