Living People

Categories: WikiTree Help

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".

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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