I am glad to see the language around disputes that so many genealogists had ethical reasons for disliking has been removed. It was disappointing to me how many times this had to be pointed out before it was handled. I don't think we have outlined a good dispute process, but removing the unethical language/process is a positive start.
I can appreciate the viewpoint that 'uncertain' may be a step in the righ direction if we are comparing this rule to what is already in our tree. Folks have suggested to me that more than half the tree has no sources at all. To add a connection with even a poor source like an uncited tree from the web and to call it uncertain, with a glass half full view, could be seen as better than adding the connection with no source at all. With this perspective, uncertain could be seen as a step in the right direction.
On the other hand, if you compare uncertain to something very simple like "practice good genealogy," you quickly realize we're talking about oversimplifying genealogy and adding incredible amounts of unreliable connections. Thousands. Millions of connections over time? Looked at from this perspective, encouraging connections based on uncertain sources, largely across the board, seems miles away from decent genealogy.
From this perspective, these folks don't have a glass half empty view. They simply aren't comfortable being asked to contribute to something that they see as miles away from decent genealogy. And our communication breaks down. This seems to have already happened in this process and is a problem.
Having spent a lot of time digging through this tree from the 17th century back to 1215, I think I also have some perspective on how adding all these uncertain connections could work out.
In my own tree, when I connected to my New England ancestors on WikiTree, I was 'blessed' with 26 new connections that lead me all the way back to Charlemagne. Charlemagne!!! This was pretty incredible. I had researched almost all of those 26 and had hit brick walls. Suddenly, the brick walls were gone and I now had connections to royalty, Magna Carta barons, crusaders, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, etc., etc. Time to bust out the purple robes, based on how much blue blood I must have!
Of course, they are bogus connections. We actually began the Questionables project to research my own, to help others clean up these 'blessings,' and to help improve the overall quality of our tree. Every bogus connection we remove, after all, doesn't just remove that connection but everyone else further back in the tree. Between my colonial immigrants and Charlemagne is over 25 generations.
We were also able to start to gather some data. In well researched projects like PGM and Mayflower, for example, we found connections to royal and Magna Carta families at a rate 25 to 30 times higher than the research suggests. And, with some research, we've been able to conclude that 95%+ of these royal connections are bogus. Outside of PGM, the multiple is much higher than 25 to 30 times, with suggestions that it may be hundreds or even thousands to 1.
These are pretty shocking numbers. PGM has the best research available for colonial immigrants and we still get it wrong 25 to 30 times more than we should?
Think about that for a second... I'm not talking about finding all bogus connections to parents in PGM, I'm just talking about the ones that lead to royalty and we know they're 25 to 30 times the rate they should be and over 95% are bogus. And we have hundreds of them in PGM alone and we're not even halfway through the alphabet.
Where the rate jumps higher than 25 to 1, in the rest of our tree, think about the impact this has on folks trying to manage EuraAristo. They basically spend their time as medieval arborists. Everyone who has worked on the Magna Carta project with me can testify to the amount of time they have spent untangling and removing bogus connections.
When we suggest connecting 18th, 17th, 16th century parents based on these uncertain sources, to me it not only goes against decent genealogy, but also our own data that already shows how innacurate our tree is currently.
So... I am not in the glass half full group. In fact, I think asking for edits to this uncertain page is a problem for many genealogists. (My own favorite edits were already removed)
Put another way and borrowing a phrase from a friend, asking a genealogist to help improve this page is like asking to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.
I'd suggest we start by evaluating our rule making process and get input from different interested parties at the outset.
I would suggest a complete re-do.