Categories: WikiTree Help


What is a wiki?

Wikis have been made famous by our friends at Wikipedia — the free, collaborative encyclopedia.

Wiki software was invented by a generous and unassuming man named Ward Cunningham in 1994. He named it after the Hawaiian word for quick (wiki wiki).

Wiki webpages are designed to be quickly and easily edited by their users. With a few clicks of your mouse you can be contributing to a page.

What makes WikiTree a wiki?

Biographies and descriptions on profile pages are wiki. They can quickly and easily be written, expanded upon, and corrected by anyone on the Trusted List.

More generally, all the information on profiles — names, dates, family relationships, information about photographs — is collaborative. Everything is tracked through activity feeds and can be corrected and expanded upon at any time.

Why aren't wikis ruined by vandals?

A key element of wikis is what's called "version history". All changes are carefully recorded so that you can see who changed what.

On WikiTree you're alerted to changes in your Watchlist through your Activity Feed and weekly e-mail updates.

Vandals can do temporary damage but their vandalism can easily be fixed. Repeat offenders can be blocked.

Can your family history be edited by anyone?

WikiTree is not a completely open wiki. It balances privacy and collaboration.

Profiles of living people or people added as nuclear family members of living people are private. They can't even be seen by anyone other than those on the Trusted List. Other profiles for non-living people that are still relatively modern are public but can still only be edited by the Trusted List.

The selection of the Privacy Level is largely up to you. However, it's important to understand that these privacy controls are about privacy, not control. We're still a wiki. WikiTree is for collaboration on a single family tree, not just for storing your tree or showing it to others.

How is WikiTree different from Wikipedia?


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