WeRelate:Suggestions/Variant Names

The Variant Names database should also include a list of names to NOT search. Since the search algorithm for unusual names automatically include SOUNDEX variants, there should be a way to exclude those soundex names that never will be a match. For example, my primary search name "Kitzes" has the same soundex as "Kwiatkoski", and they are never connections between the two. Leaving these unrelated names in the hit list results in many false entries, and obscures the names I am actually looking for.

Let me think about this one. The best approach is probably to allow you to write "-Kwiatkoski" in the list of additional variants at the bottom of the Special:Names screen. I'll be making some changes to names later this week; I'll look into implementing it then. I'll leave a message here when it's ready.