What is a Trusted List?
WikiTree's privacy system is based on what we call "Trusted Lists".
A Trusted List is like a circle of trust around a profile. A family circle.
Every profile has its own, independently-managed Trusted List. If you're on the Trusted List for one person profile, it doesn't mean you're on the Trusted Lists for that person's relatives. The circle of trusted family members around every person is unique.
If you're on a Trusted List you have full viewing and editing rights on the profile. What users outside the Trusted List can see and do depends on the Privacy Level.
This might sound complicated at first, but it's what makes collaboration on a single, shared family tree possible without compromising privacy.
Adding and Removing from Trusted Lists
Trusted Lists are managed by the members already on the Trusted List, led by the Profile Manager.
To view or modify a profile's Trusted List, click the Privacy tab.
You can request to be added to a Trusted List by clicking the request link on the profile. The Profile Manager will be e-mailed. If they approve you they'll be given the opportunity to add you to the Trusted Lists of related profiles at the same time.
There's a handy bulk Trusted List changes tool for adding or removing someone from multiple Trusted Lists at the same time.
Trusted Lists are about Privacy, not Control
It's important to keep in mind that Trusted Lists are a tool for privacy. They enable you to protect sensitive information, especially regarding living people.
They're not meant for excluding descendants who disagree on the facts. All descendants have to share the same ancestor profiles. Profile Managers need to seek consensus, even when it's very difficult. See the Honor Code and the page on ownership and control.
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