where is the guidance to ask to be added to a trusted list instead of creating a duplicate?

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Hi! I was working with some folks on some merges/trusted list requests, and I wanted to provide a link to the guidance that says not to create a duplicate profile but to instead ask to be added to the trusted list of the existing one. I’m pretty sure that guidance appears during the creation of a profile when WikiTree finds a potential duplicate, but I couldn’t find that in the Help pages. The following pages are helpful, but don't specifically express that guidance.

I'm looking for a URL that I can provide to folks if this comes up in the future. I think it's easier to just find the duplicate and ask to join the trusted list than to start the process of creating a profile only to abandon it when WikiTree tells you to instead go ask to join the trusted list.

Thanks!
Liz

in Policy and Style by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (402k points)

Hi Liz,

When one adds a profile, after the first name, last name at birth and a date are entered, this message displays:

If any of the following appear to be a match do not proceed to create the new profile. Connect the existing profile instead.

  • Biddy (Carey) Ferguson 1890's - 1960's ~ Managed by Maryann Hurt. [view]
  • If there is no match above, mark the checkbox by names that are close. This will save a "rejected match" so that others do not confuse the two people in the future.
    If one of the above may be a match but you're not sure, request to join the Trusted List or contact the Profile Manager. In very rare cases, you may want to create your new version of the profile and then later propose a merge if they're duplicates. This should not be done often. It's important that WikiTree only has one profile for every person. Duplicates damage our entire project.
that's the guidance I was remembering! Maggie, I've edited it slightly, could you add it to the Help pages for Trusted List & Duplicates (maybe edited more to fit context):

If you find that a profile for your ancestor already exists, request to join the Trusted List. Let the profile manager(s) know your relation in your request (for example, you might say "[This profile] is my great-grandfather, through his son John."). In very rare cases, you may want to create your new version of the profile and then later propose a merge if they're duplicates. This should not be done often. It's important that WikiTree only has one profile for every person. Duplicates damage our entire project.

Thanks for finding this Maryann!

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I know which one you mean and I am looking for it as well, Liz. Please let us know if you find it and I can add it to the HELP INDEX.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Collaboration

 

 

Collaboration means one profile for every individual

The first point of our Honor Code reads: "We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles."

To grow one shared tree we need to share the same profiles. Every person who ever lived should have one and only one profile on WikiTree.

If a duplicate profile has been created unintentionally we merge them.

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (808k points)

How to use WikiTree: Adding Information

  • Adding family members. Opens Adding Family
    • Adding Family by Creating New Profiles "start at your Watchlist"
    • Adding Family by Connecting Existing Profiles "WikiTree is all about collaboration. We are creating a single family tree with one profile for every person. Duplicate profiles defeat the purpose of WikiTree. One complication: Unless the person's profile is Open you need to be on the Trusted List to edit that person's relationships. You need to request to join the Trusted List and wait for the Profile Manager to approve you. (See Unresponsive Profile Managers if they ignore your requests and messages.) Once you're on the Trusted List you can add them as a family member using their WikiTree ID. You enter this at the top of the form for adding a family member. See the page on editing family relationships for more help changing existing relationships.

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