Notes on profiles

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I've noticed some notes left on member profiles that are basically telling people off for doing something wrong. I don't consider that this is in keeping with the Honor Code. I'm not referring to requests on an ancestor profile asking that a LNAB is updated, or pointing out incorrect info and providing a source. These are messages left on members' profiles telling them that they should be sourcing, or telling them to refrain from doing something that is creating a problem. I won't provide a link to an example so as not to embarrass anyone. Is there some reason why these messages should not be sent in a private email instead?
in Policy and Style by Leandra Ford G2G6 Pilot (119k points)

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+18 votes
I can offer one perspective. I sometimes leave what is, hopefully, a kind message with a reminder about the sourcing requirements for pre-1700 profiles. I post it to the member's page to, again hopefully, avoid "pile on." We have all accepted the responsibility to help protect the tree and, with the public comment, anyone reviewing is alerted that the member has already been contacted.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (322k points)
+4 votes
If I make a comment in an exceptional case, I always add a solution.  For example, I place a corresponding resource in the profile and some links explaining how and why and where to find it.  In principle I only do this, in my own language, for Dutch members in Dutch so that I can find the right tone, positive, understanding, free of obligation and ... well, don't worry, that's how I started.  This is much less successful if, for example, an English-speaking mentor tries to convey his or her message in Dutch via Google Translate. Google Translate translates words and phrases but cannot convey a feeling.  For example, the word you is translated as u/uw form (formal) instead of je/jij (informal).  This only applies to Dutch, in Flemish the language feeling is slightly different.  

I place the comment directly on a relevant profile and if it concerns a problem for the entire family tree, a comment on the profile of the manager.  So right at the source.  I don't send a private e-mail because it can come across as intrusive and is often not appreciated. I only use private e-mail with members I know better to work together when extensive consultation is required.
by Joop van Belzen G2G6 Pilot (122k points)

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