A Constructive Way to "Kill time" on wikiTree

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Sometimes I'm sitting at my computer with 15 minutes to kill before something scheduled.  Far too little time to start a new project.  But one thing I do?

Click on my watchlist.  Then click on "Edit Date" on the list below.  It will rearrange the profiles you manage or on the trusted list so that at the top will be the one that has sat the longest without any attention.  I'm working on April 2016 at the moment.  Enough improvements have been made to WikiTree in that time that any profile that old has to have some potential improvements to it -- correct a place, add a category, check the data, check for suggestions, etc.,  A lot you can do in 15 minutes.

Ah -- now there's a knock at the door!
in The Tree House by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (363k points)

I almost always work my Watchlist by oldest edit date.

I have link variations on my Scratch Pad that take me to different page sorts (privacy, birth date), so there's never a dull moment for me!

Often I work by surnames, or at least by family groups. The Ancestors/Descendant links on profiles are very useful when working on family groups.

My base list for oldest edit is at August of 2018, but occasionally I discover an older profile that has slipped through the cracks.

In my opinion, working from oldest edit provides the most benefit to the tree. As you say, we are constantly improving functionality. In addition, we have had guideline changes that we should try to integrate, especially into profiles that haven't been touched in years.

All for the greater good!wink

laughkiss Totally agree with you, Lindy and Jack, just flip to the oldest edit date and start assessing the profiles .... taken me nearly a year so far to rework from May 2018 to Sep 2019 ... but there IS an end in sight, only 350 to 360 more left in year 2019 to assess and revise ... If you can do this periodically, start off your New Year -- Jan 2nd for instance -- doing this ... 

Agreed if you have 7,000 profiles and you want to examine all 7,000 before the end of the year, that would mean (for a 360 day year) something like 20 profiles looked at each day, and revised were necessary ....  ??

(And along the way I myself went from about 1,950 or profiles to 2,533.  Yeah.  I try to limit my list to relatives by blood and their spouses -- The parents etc of the spouses are often created and then orphaned but the spouse is kept.)  

2 Answers

+6 votes
Thank you, Jack, for this suggestion. That is a great idea for finding those profiles that need updating!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (686k points)
+4 votes
I'll bet it was a political thing! (The knock at the door)  Great idea and thanks for the heads up on looking at older edits.
by Kevin Conroy G2G6 Mach 7 (75.6k points)
edited by Kevin Conroy

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