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Long ago, I was active in a group of amateur cryptographers that went by the name "cypherpunks" who had the motto: "Cyperpunks write code." This was well Lessig's "Code is Law" expressed the same idea more generally.

I'm retired, but I'm thinking that the only approach that makes sense is to write code that does this right. The good thing about being retired is that I don't have to worry about doing stuff on my own time, every time is my own time.
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+Pat Farrell --  I've come to that way of thinking, too, Pat. To do a good job takes considerable time, effort, and money, though.
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Oh, from the title, I expected this article to be about how two researchers can collaborate (do research independently) on the same person. Much like 'git' can let two software engineers work on the same code.

Why do you want only one note or one link from a particular "user"? I can see a case where you have multiple links of different strengths (degree of truthyness)
Following my previous post, Collaboration With Tears, where I suggested that some element of Isolationism is inherent in genealogy, and what criteria would make collaboration practical, I want to now describe a novel approach...
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Because the link expresses a relationship rather than being a general "note". Plus, it keeps this idea simple so that people have a fighting chance of understanding it. There are lots of elaborations I could have introduced here, but it would have been OTT for an article. It's a shame that none of the vendors saw the power of this -- effectively crowd-souring the identification of people in census returns. I did float the idea to one of the "biggies" but their so-called marketing weren't interested, and I doubt their development team could have achieved it anyway.
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I think one should consider a Document as a first class object in this world. The Census record is not an event, rather it is a document that records an event, just as a marriage certificate, death obit, etc. Using OO terminology, a Document has subclasses of PaperDocument, ImageOfPaperDocument, EtherOriginDocument, NotesFromOralStory, etc.

With this, a Marriage event could have many source documents from guests "I was at the marriage", or "I was best man", to scanned images of the Church certificate, possible civil permits and licenses, and collaborating documents such as Census Documents (recursively in all types) that subsequently show roles such as husband and wife.
… so to speak. Do you attach census pages to people in your tree as evidence of a birth date? If so then there is a good chance that you are currently attaching items to the wrong entities in your data. Read about the pitfall...
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 "millions of people who buy history books written by academic historians"  I assume your tongue is firmly in cheek. I'm pretty sure that most books by academic historians are only read by other academic historians, and they never sell in the millions. I bet you a pint they never sell in small number of thousands.  The history that I find both interesting to read, and to think about, tend to be by people who are scoffed at by academic historians. Folks like Barbara Tuchman,  Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote,  Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hibbert, etc.
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It probably comes down to training. The genealogical world has more standards of methodology than does traditional history, despite genealogy being frowned upon as any type of academic endeavour. That's probably the result of the software-driven tree model, which is now ubiquitous but devoid of any real methodology.
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