The genealogy world is cluttered with materials that purport to be the writers' family histories. Too many of them are nothing more than lists of people with unproven dates of birth, death and marriage, and in many cases the people on the list aren't even related.
The individuals who created those lists are the same ones who believe the television ads about how easy it is to click on a few links and find your entire family. People who believe those ads are sort of the joy riders of genealogy: They steal the family car and have a grand old time for the weekend, racing around the Internet and leaving a mess for someone else to clean up on Monday morning.
Genealogy is messy, and that's okay. Actually it's great! If we waited until everything was proven we would never actually publish anything. Take a lesson from the history books. We are only sure about something until more evidence is uncovered. Just look at the author's definition of "Proof":
Proof is a conclusion we reach with thoroughly documented research that we have correctly interpreted, analyzed, and put together.
I shudder to think about what kind of research standards would be required by people of this mindset. I'd rather have everyone so in love with genealogy that they are desperately, messily trying to find ancestors than to have people turned off by the notion that only a few qualified people can do it correctly. My vote - anyone who is even slightly interested in genealogy, get out there and mess it up!