Collaboration means working together on a common project.
A wiki is a type of website designed for efficient and effective collaboration.
What does collaboration mean on WikiTree?
WikiTree's mission is to grow a worldwide family tree. This is the grand project that unites our community.
- close family members to collaborate on modern family history,
- distant cousins to collaborate on shared genealogy, and ultimately,
- the entire world to collaborate on a single, shared family tree.
Our privacy controls are on individual person profiles instead of families or trees. This means that the three levels of collaboration can be seamlessly integrated on the same system — the one tree that we all share — without compromising privacy.
Collaboration means one profile for every individual
The first point of our Honor Code reads: "We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles."
To grow one shared tree we need to share the same profiles. Every person who ever lived should have one and only one profile on WikiTree.
If a duplicate profile has been created unintentionally we merge them.
Collaboration is not easy. Conflicts and disagreements are inevitable when you're working with other people.
Most collaboration problems can be resolved by citing sources, communicating with courtesy, and abiding by a few other basic rules. This is why we require all contributing genealogists to sign the Honor Code.
For help resolving collaboration problems, see:
- Unresponsive Profile Managers
- Profile Managers who refuse to merge
- Management by project for widely-shared ancestors
- Ownership and control
- Resolving a disagreement on content, formatting, privacy, etc.
Dr. Luther Tychonievich created an excellent slideshow on productive genealogical collaboration.
You can also request help from the community in G2G.
If this fails, see the Mediation Procedure.
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