Why do I have Top Level Category stickers on my profiles?

+2 votes
Today I have six new Error 885 Top Level Category suggestions. I didn't add them to the profiles, most recent changes on these profiles appear to be several weeks old, and there are no sources on my profiles to support the assertion that these people were involved in the American Revolution in any way except that they lived at about the right time. What gives? They are all Landis profiles  -396, -1422, -397, -1189, -236, -1561. Thanks for any light you can shed on this! Edit - a few minutes later - this person has added DAR documents to all these profiles. Wouldn't it have been a courtesy to tell me she was going to do this? Is a top level category appropriate?
WikiTree profile: Jacob Landis
in WikiTree Tech by Pam Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
edited by Pam Smith

The [[Category:American Revolution]] is a top level category and should not be used on profiles. This was a recent change. 

At the very least, the profile should contain a "side" (Great Britain, US, Hessian? etc) If the specific unit the person was in is known, THAT should be the category used. This is why there are top level suggestions on hundreds of additional profiles this week.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:American_Revolution check the subcategories for something appropriate to use.

UPDATED: I found two categories to add to Jacob Landis via the DAR page.

2 Answers

+4 votes
I had same thing American Revolution stickers on two profiles. I did not put them there but did not understand why it was a problem.
by Daniel Bly G2G6 Mach 7 (71.3k points)
+3 votes
If you go to the changes page of the profile you can see who made the change. I suggest you private message her and ask why she made the change. (It might be the same person in all profiles, I haven’t checked)
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
My issue with this is that in order for there to be a military sticker such as "American Revolution," I think there ought to be an accompanying source that indicated that the person actually participated - pension, enlistment, etc. Just living in Pennsylvania at the time isn't enough, IMHO!! I thought we sourced our assertions!!
Actually, if you look at the sources, that person who added the sticker also added a reference to the DAR database that lists Jacob Landis as a patriot.
I found that....but I did send a note asking her to correct the stickers per the answers I received here above.

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