Identifying Living People
How does the WikiTree system "know" whether someone is alive or not?
This is important because it determines whether a profile will default to Private when it's created. Moreover, unless the WikiTree system knows a profile is for a living person it can be made public by the manager.
Here are ways to make it clear that a person is living:
- Mark the Death Date or Death Location as "blank because still living."
- Include an e-mail address.
Here are ways to make it clear that a person is non-living:
- Include a Death Date or Death Location.
- Mark the Death Date as "uncertain but definitely non-living."
For purposes of setting the default privacy level the following also applies. This is only for the default, before the manager makes any adjustments.
- If there is a Birth Date and no Death Date the profile defaults to Private unless:
- the Birth Date is more than 100 years ago, and
- the Death Date or Death Location is not marked "blank because still living".
- If the person is added as a non-living family member of a living person, it defaults to Private with Public Biography and Family Tree.
Why not always default to private?
Some members ask why the default setting isn't always "living." This way a profile would be private unless the manager proactively sets them as public or specifies that the person is non-living.
This is what we did when WikiTree was first created.
We changed our policy because too many profiles were being left as private. This became a major impediment to collaboration. WikiTree's mission is all about collaboration and sharing. Moreover, if the majority of profiles were kept private, we could not remain a free website. Advertisements on public profiles is how we cover the expenses of offering free and unlimited private profiles.
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