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 and whether the system will prohibit the Profile Manager from making it public. Any profile, unless it's for a person over 200 years old, can be made private by the manager. And any profile, unless the WikiTree system knows it's for a living person, can be made public by the manager.
Here are ways to make it clear that a person is living:
Here are ways to make it clear that a person is 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.
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. Advertising on public profiles is how we cover the expenses of offering free and unlimited private profiles.
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