I am basically new here. Been doing genealogy since the early 1980's taking over years and years of handwritten and typed work my mother had done. I did miss out on about ten years of the internet growth (due to injury), and thus missed out on the early years of WikiTree. Joined and started entering my family line. I found that the system did not match up many of my entries until later on and then I discovered matches when linking. So I learned about merging. And as of late, as I have started entering the branches off my main tree, I have been coming across more and more Orphan profiles, which I have been Adopting as they are branches of my main line. When I look into the history of the creation of most of them, most have come from GEDCOM downloads from members that have been here for YEARS. So ... I have been seeing that the older members are dropping the twigs & a leaf or two off their branches to keep their count down. Yes many of the newer members, are finding those twigs, because they are our main branches and not our twigs & leaves. I think with time the Orphan crisis may continue to climb, but also with time and more new members, more and more of those Orphan profiles will get Adopted ... and maybe solve the crisis!