My ideal missing persons database

1. It would be current, accurate and regularly updated — daily would be great.

2. It would have several people working on it, but the writing style would be consistent throughout.

3. It would have all the vital statistics info the Charley Project has, plus stuff like the NCIC number and whether or not DNA and dental records are available.

4. It would have as many photographs as possible, preferably big ones of high quality, but whatever is available.

5. There would be easily visible contact information for the administrators.

6. It would contain all kinds of cases, including runaways and family abductions.

7. It would have an automated system you could sign up for to receive updates, including notices of new cases and resolved ones.

8. All the information should be available on one page, so the viewer doesn’t have to constantly move back and forth between pages to absorb everything.

9. It would be searchable not only by the MP’s name, physical description and place of disappearance, but also by keyword.

10. It would also be browsable, if a viewer isn’t looking for anything specific.

11. It would provide as many details about the disappearance as possible.

9 thoughts on “My ideal missing persons database

  1. SkullCandy June 5, 2011 / 9:30 am

    What happened to Project Jason? It really hit the skids. The site used to be timely. Now it’s barely updated. You have to click on article links, which on a cell phone 1) either don’t pull up or 2) are purged from the news site. So you get some tiny blurb and then “click on article below.” Worthless when the article expires in one week.

    I stop going there except every one or two months.

    Maybe the owner is getting more in advocating for the families, and the site is now an after thought. Nothing wrong with changing priorities, but nuke the MP site then. It’s not any better than the numerous free ones floating around.

    I like your idea for the perfect site. Good thinking!

  2. Justin June 5, 2011 / 9:58 am

    So, do you plan some time in the future to try to embrace some of those changes for your own site. Not that you don’t have some of them already.

    • Meaghan June 5, 2011 / 6:02 pm

      Pri’s working on some of them.

  3. kir June 5, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    hi Meaghan

    I have a question. why do many cases have photos with same blue background? where are these photos taken from? I’m not from America so I can’t understand.

    thank you

    • Meaghan June 5, 2011 / 6:16 pm

      I hadn’t noticed a lot of blue backgrounds, but I think many of the MPs’ photos were originally taken for driver’s licenses and the like.

  4. ADH June 7, 2011 / 12:10 am

    I so agree on #11… but it’s so hard when LE doesn’t give any info. You may have noticed that San Francisco almost always has little to no info… surprising and sad for a big city.

    The one that has especially irritated me though, is Jeanine Barnwell (not from San Francisco)… last seen by her mother… ok, when? where? under what circumstances?

    You do a great job with Charley though… it is always the first place I look and usually the last as well. 🙂

  5. Jessica June 8, 2011 / 2:39 am

    What happened to the big update website revision someone volunteered to do for you? Is that Pri?

    • Meaghan June 10, 2011 / 4:32 pm

      He’s working on it.

  6. Becky June 8, 2011 / 10:52 am

    I often think about the perfect site too. Charley project is my favorite mp site for lots of details and number of cases. But i think my dream site is one with missing and unidentifieds and then the most important thing on my wishlist would be super advanced search functionality so that you could really dig into all possible matches. You could use search operators and you could type in a complete search query directly from the search bar using quotation marks, plus (+) and minus (-) signs to add or exclude keywords to/from your search etc. Even if the site is just missing people not unidetnifieds, there is nothing more important to people with missing loved ones than finding them and too much time is spent on getting all kinds of crap results that you have to search thru because the search functionality is so weak on most of these sites.

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