Connecting to an existing profile.

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I'm inputting a family member and an existing profile pops up that matches the basic criteria but the existing one doesn't have all the information I have (spouse, children, etc.). It sounds like I'm expected to stop and not enter my information but connect to a lesser profile. What do I do? Ask to edit someone else's work?
in Policy and Style by Robert Green G2G2 (2.5k points)
recategorized by Keith Hathaway
Yes, but I am stuck now because the profile manager has not answered my first two attempts at asking to be on the trusted list. I doubt the third attempt will be fruitful. I feel your pain.

Natalie, that's what the Unresponsive Profile Manager link is for. Unfortunately this link is buried at the bottom of the Genealogy & Family Tools page of a given profile. 

http://www.wikitree.com/contact/upm/[place wikitreeID of the profile you're seeking access to here]

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Excellent question!

The answer is Yes and YES. :)

We attempt to maintain a global tree, which means that we only want 1 profile per person on the site if at all possible. So when you encounter another profile that matches the person you want to enter, go ahead and connect to it. Once you've done so, please proceed with improving that other profile if you have additional information to add. There's a box (between the fields and bio section) where you can add the reasons for your updates - I'd recommend putting in a brief line about what you're updating and why there. Keep in mind that we're also a collaborative group, so we all try to help each other out. I'm thrilled when someone edits one of my profiles and am never more excited that to dig in and find out what they put there and why.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (726k points)
selected by Julie Ricketts
Thank you Scott Fulkerson. I thought that was the case. Guess I'll work on someone else's profile then...

Robert Green

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