Why is the Black Sheep project being dissolved?

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Dissolution of Black Sheep project

Why is the project being dissolved and what will happen to the sub projects? Will they be removed as well? I'm worried.

in Policy and Style by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 6 (65.9k points)
Glad it's still going, I have enjoyed being a member under moonshiners (great grandfather) and reading about other members connection to black sheep in their family. The old West and pirates are fun to check out!

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/535269/plea-please-remove-disturbing-categories-black-sheep-project 

The above was a long discussion a couple of years ago about certain categories in the project then and their use.  Categorization is not just for genealogical relevance, it is a tool that can lead to further studies and discoveries.

I myself have tagged some of my ancestors with the project banner, one was a convicted murderer who was executed,  Whether he was guilty or not is moot, evidence was all circumstancial.  But he had 4 children, his wife remarried and the children all used the name of their step-father later in life.  There was a family shame, obviously;  sorting these children out as to even their last name at birth without the data on what happened to their father is most certainly relevant.

I have a couple of others who were bigamists.  The second marriages got annulled, and the children automatically became ''out of wedlock''.  Again, consequences for the children.  

With these illustrations, I hope the project will not remove everything in sight.  The profiles in question do not contain graphic descriptions, which I personally abhor, not into horror stories, but the facts of the matter are there.  (These are all 9 or 10 generations back, in case anyone is wondering).

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Hi Aaron!

It's not being dissolved, it's just in early stages of some restructuring.
by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
selected by Traci Thiessen
I chose the wrong word! I'm sorry.

We moved some of the categories under "crime" or "criminals," deleted some empty categories and categories that would not fit under any other project. We also deleted Hysteria (which was really a medical condition of the past) Deviants, and a few others. Most were very subjective and there was no explanation in the categories as to why they were there.

Side note: the IBSSG web site appears to be gone, at least the one that's linked from the project page.
Thats a relief.

There is http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/ but it does not appear to be official. 

The .org url appears to have lapsed and picked up by an Asian company. https://ibssg.org/

Looking forward to see what the restructuring bring to the project...
They still have a Facebook group but it doesn't look very active but for some photos of actual four-legged black sheep.

I've noticed a similar phenomenon in other former web sites that moved their data to Facebook.  cheeky  Really not the best place to find stuff that is not recent.

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