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  • #46
    Old FAQ vs. new Learning Center

    I've spent the better part of several hours trying to find what the lower case "a" means at the end of an HVR1 mutation; e.g., C16465a. I believe that there was a discussion of this in the original FAQ that is no longer available. If it's in the new Learning Center, I've been unable to find it.

    Regarding the Learning Center. I find its layout very haphazardous. The typeface is much too large; there is too much white space. Give me a well-organized list any day.

    Warren

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    • #47
      HTML Sitemap

      Hi Warren,

      I have added an auto-updating HTML sitemap for you. I hope it helps.
      https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/sitemap/

      Originally posted by WarrenY View Post
      I've spent the better part of several hours trying to find what the lower case "a" means at the end of an HVR1 mutation; e.g., C16465a. I believe that there was a discussion of this in the original FAQ that is no longer available. If it's in the new Learning Center, I've been unable to find it.

      Regarding the Learning Center. I find its layout very haphazardous. The typeface is much too large; there is too much white space. Give me a well-organized list any day.

      Warren

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      • #48
        Originally posted by WarrenY View Post
        I've spent the better part of several hours trying to find what the lower case "a" means at the end of an HVR1 mutation; e.g., C16465a.
        Warren
        Mutations can be classified as "transitions" or "transversions."

        C and T are rather similar to each other in size and shape,and likewise G and A. Thus most mutations involve C <-> T or G <-> A. This is called a transition, and it's coded with a capital letter.

        If a C mutates to some other base, e.g. A in your example, this is a transversion. It's coded with a lower case "a" to draw attention to this difference. Transversions are relatively rare (or in other words, more stable).

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        • #49
          Call me an old fogy, but I much prefer the layout of the old FAQs.

          Old -- with a table of contents and the ability to use my browser Find function for a key word:

          https://web.archive.org/web/20131009...ers.aspx?id=17

          New -- with page after page of a sentence or two and "read more" links:

          https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/?s=family+finder

          BTW, one of the items is about treating the centromere as a hard stop. I have a vague recollection that this is no longer the case.

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          • #50
            Hi,

            Have you tried the sitemap?
            https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/sitemap/

            Originally posted by Ann Turner View Post
            Call me an old fogy, but I much prefer the layout of the old FAQs.

            Old -- with a table of contents and the ability to use my browser Find function for a key word:

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            • #51
              Hi,

              This was updated a few months ago, I need to change the text in the LC just a bit. We still do not count the centiMorgans in the centromere. What we do allow is for a block to continue across the centromere. So, if the block on the left is A, the centromere is B, and the block on the right is C, then the matching segment is reported as A+C.

              Originally posted by Ann Turner View Post
              BTW, one of the items is about treating the centromere as a hard stop. I have a vague recollection that this is no longer the case.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Rebekah Canada View Post
                Hi,

                Have you tried the sitemap?
                https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/sitemap/
                Thanks -- that URL will be a keeper. Is there a pointer to the site map in the Learning Center?

                When I click on the "Universal DNA Matching" section header, the first page is a bit garbled (viewing on a desktop 1280 x 1024 pixels).

                https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/...-dna-matching/

                But it still requires multiple page views and following all the "read more" links to get a comprehensive overview of Family Finder. Would there be a way to "pack up" all the text material for a section?

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Ann Turner View Post
                  Call me an old fogy, but I much prefer the layout of the old FAQs.

                  Old -- with a table of contents and the ability to use my browser Find function for a key word:
                  Google is quite useful for searching (not surprisingly). You can tell it to just look in the Learn part of the site.

                  e.g. site:https://www.familytreedna.com/learn centromere

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                  • #54
                    Mike, Thanks for sharing! Very helpful.
                    Biblioteque
                    FTDNA Customer - mtDNA - U3a1b
                    Last edited by Biblioteque; 27 March 2014, 10:55 AM. Reason: add

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Ann Turner View Post
                      Call me an old fogy, but I much prefer the layout of the old FAQs.

                      Old -- with a table of contents and the ability to use my browser Find function for a key word:

                      https://web.archive.org/web/20131009...ers.aspx?id=17

                      New -- with page after page of a sentence or two and "read more" links:

                      https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/?s=family+finder

                      BTW, one of the items is about treating the centromere as a hard stop. I have a vague recollection that this is no longer the case.
                      I agree with you entirely, Ann. The old FAQs, like the User Guides and 'Understanding FF/mtDNA/YSTR/SNPs etc' Guides were easy to browse or skim-read and were a place where, paradoxically, it was easier to learn new things as one came across them.

                      They were easier for those of us who, sometimes, didn't know exactly what question we were trying to ask, whereas the new style help pages are much more 'clunky', having to click in and out of individual questions and topics, and seem more geared to those who already have a specific question in mind.

                      ~~~

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                      • #56
                        I agree. I liked the old FAQ. It is now unusable.

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