Administrator: Laurence John Manton
Q: There are a lot of cemetery aficionado groups on Facebook. What sets yours apart?
A: Graveyard Detectives provides a home for those interested in the World of Graveyards and Cemeteries. It takes a look at the stories behind the stones, as well as the symbolism, funerary architecture, and news about cemeteries from around the world. Photographs of memorials and gravestones, accompanied by some research on the person(s) they commemorate, are most welcome. If members of the group have any interesting related memorabilia, they are encouraged to share with this group. The purpose of the group is to help expand knowledge of this most fascinating area of interest.
Q: How old is your group?
A: It evolved out of my blog The Graveyard Detective, which launched in 2009. To this, I added a Graveyard Detective Facebook page, which highlights news about cemeteries worldwide. In late 2010, I created the Graveyard Detectives group to enable those interested in the subject to share their knowledge.
Q: Do you have a policy about what is appropriate to post?
A: I don’t have a published policy about what is appropriate or not. I have been fortunate, so far, that members of the group have stuck to the subject. That said, I do find an increasing number of people asking to join the group are unsuitable: mostly individuals with a profile picture of an attractive young woman, despite an about section that lists them as male — and there is only one post, which records that HE has changed HIS profile picture. Let those through and, suddenly, there is a post offering services or fashion bargains, etc. Response? Instant report, delete, and ban! I am an Admin on Cemetery Iron and find they get a certain number of dubious individuals wanting to join.
Membership of the group has risen more than 120% in the past three months and more people are posting in it. I think this is a reasonable indicator that the mix of content is probably about right.
Q: Is your group open to new members?
A: I run an open group, but prospective members need to ask to join.
Q: Are you a member of any other cemetery groups?
A: Twenty-eight related groups. There were more, but I recently withdrew from several and am likely to drop out of more in the future, concentrating on those I believe to add value to the subject.