Integrator's Tip: Getting Collaborative Help from G2G and Beyond

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G2G is a great place for Questioners and Answerers to work collaboratively.  As you know, the work you are doing on WikiTree benefits not only yourself, but enriches our One Family Tree.

Questioners, try to be very specific, limit your question to one topic and provide enough detail to help others understand exactly what you are trying to figure out.  If it is complicated, break it up into logical parts. Remember, you can follow up with more information if necessary.  Think Who, What, When, Where and Why, when asking your question.

Answerers, it is usually best to answer the basic question first, then expand upon your answer.  This helps bring the Questioner along with you.  

Experienced members know that many of the same questions are regularly repeated, help the Questioner by not only answering the question, but provide them with the link to the appropriate WikiTree Help section you may be referencing.  This helps reinforce our Styles and Standards and other Policies and Processes because it literally keeps us all working from the same page.

Beyond G2G, Navigating WikiTree can be difficult when looking for answers.  It is worth taking the time to explore all the links in the drop down menus.  

Because WikiTree works hard to take advantage of Google's search engine, asking Google a question and including key words like WikiTree, and/or G2G brings surprisingly good results.

Remember, once you obtain your answers, be sure to integrate that information into our profiles as appropriate.


in The Tree House by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
edited by Michael Stills
Nice, Michael!

Quick note: it's always better to link directly to a help page if you can.  This is because help pages get updated and so they will always have the latest info whereas posting what happens to be the current standard at the time has potential to change later on and confuse people who are reading through older posts.
Thanks Eowyn, I meant to say link to the appropriate help section.  So edited.  Clarity is everything, is it not?
Well said, sometimes I am confused just by the question by it either being over complicated or too vague.

These also really help on G2G: When asking about ancestors:

Questions:  Include Location - at least the Country, if nothing more speciific is available and a Dates/date ranges, whenever these are known.

Answers  should include the SOURCE, again when available.

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