When I first started with WikiTree, I didn't realize just how different (and special!) it was from the other sites like ancestry, family search, etc. I was tagged by Rangers within a few days of joining, for creating unsourced profiles, and profiles of people born before 1700. I was referred for a mentor and locked out of those profiles. I was angry.
At the time, I didn't realize that what I was doing was harmful or incorrect, even after signing the honor code and all, because who *actually* requires an honor code to use a public site? Right? ( note - this is sarcasm - don't get feathers ruffled...keep reading.) How DARE these people tell me I can't do what I want on this free public site?!?
Enter my mentor Robin (yes Robin I'm naming you!), who took me under her wing, showed me the ropes, guided me, gave me constructive criticism and feedback, helped me see my mistakes and how to fix them, but most importantly, did it all with a positive attitude and kind approach.
I learned that WikiTree is definitely unique and special. There's a method to the madness after all! Holy cannoli!
Now, I'm a little more experienced (translation: not totally lost), participating in quite a few projects, leading one of my own (shameless plug time) O'Neill Dynasty, and I've recently joined the mentor team myself! Talk about a 180, huh?
That said, I still make mistakes. I found a whole bunch of them yesterday and spent hours correcting them. I didn't even get to them all, but I'm working on it. I'm still correcting mistakes from the beginning too. I am human and imperfect. Just like everyone else here. I choose to learn from my mistakes, fix them, move on, and learn some more. I'm learning every single day.
The point of this sleep-deprived, need-coffee-STAT, Sunday morning monologue slash confession, is to let other people out there know that your contributions here are valuable. Mistakes are inevitable. Fix them and move on. Don't dwell on them, learn from them. I've seen a lot of complaints in G2G about situations like mine. To those I say this: Try to take the approach of "they aren't criticizing me personally, they just want what's best for WikiTree." Our Honor Code is so important. It's what distinguishes our community from the others; it sets us apart and shows how much we care about the mission.
And that, folks, is why I love WikiTree. We are special. We care about getting it done, and getting it done accurately. I'm proud to be part of something so special. How about you?
Link to this post on my personal blog: Rants, Raves, Roots, and Branches: A Blog Dedicated to Being Honest, Candid, Imperfect, Human, and My Favorite Pastime: Finding My Family Roots