Did you know we are all volunteers?

+40 votes
As a "leader" and "mentor" on Wikitree I regularly receive messages from new members that assume that I am a paid employee of Wikitree, demanding that I do something about something they don't like about Wikitree.

To be clear, there are only 6 Members of the Wikitree team.   http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/WikiTree_Team

The rest of us are volunteers.   That is what makes Wikitree so special, volunteers provide input and as a community we manage each other and all of the data on Wikitree.   That's why collaboration and amiable attitudes are so important.     

It also makes it important to have you voice heard by using this forum.   When you have a question, concern or opinion, this is the place to come!
in The Tree House by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (887k points)
wait... what... But I like making less than minimum wage for working at WT... you mean my disability checks are going to stop? j/k

Happy Mothers day Everybody!
John I love your sense of humor.  It is so much like mine.  Well....we ARE 14th cousins.....
Then you must be a Cancerian Zodiack sign also
Nope. I'm Leo. RAWRRRR
Thanks so much for what you do, Robin!

I was going to add that volunteers differ because most paid workers aren't working round the clock... and then I thought of Eowyn! Thank you, too, Eowyn!
Aw, thank you Carole! :)
Just to be clear - "the forum" = WikiTree? / the Tree House? / G2G-feed?

My five cents - yes indeed - regardless of the "rank" (leader / mentor / arborist / project leader / project research coordinator [etc.]) I too get pushed to the end of my patience by such "demands", quite often because of systemic failures (though frequently to some extent appropriately adressed) that cannot be solved by mere "niceties" & "politeness", even though the latter two has thaught me very valuable lessons, that however does not garantee my undevided loyalty - after all - time is energy is labour is money - somewhere along the line if the the cons outweigh the pro's, I might just decide to concetrate on my own personal genealogy.

To me WikiTree is like a Zen-garden that I rake every day. It is a form of meditation. I am confronted with my angels and my demons. I hope to become a better person because of it.

I trust those six individuals who do get paid; that they have the best interests at heart of all those who do not.

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+30 votes

You have to do something about my son. He won't call me as often as I like.

Just kidding.

Thanks for all your hard work around here.
by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (192k points)
+19 votes

We do too get paid!! Not in money of course, but in satisfaction and feeling good when we solve mysteries, fix problems, and when certain leaders like you help others discover their talents and strengths, then give them a push in the right direction.

That, my WikiMom, is a hefty payment!! I only hope I can one day be half as good of a leader as you are!!!!! (assuming I ever become a leader to begin with hahaha!)
by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 9 (96.8k points)

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