wasted time?

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It seems that WikiTree is courting failure by not allowing a guest to fill in the pertinent data, like father, mother, siblings. Guests get tired of trying to put in this most basic info and not being able to advance unless jumping through some invisible hoop that is out there. Wouldn't it be nice if people could put in their information and then let the computer figure out where connections happen?  How many become frustrated and give up before feeling they are a part of the wiki?
in Policy and Style by Eric Zacharias G2G Crew (340 points)
edited by Eric Zacharias
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Eric, could you say more about what you mean by "and then let the computer figure out where connections happen?"

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Best answer

Hi Eric, I like this definition of a guest - "a person who receives hospitality at the home of another." A guest is a visitor. Wikitree guests may do three things, they can look around, they can post here in the G2G, and they can upload a gedcom for comparing to the profiles that exist here, to see if we have ancestors here that are also your ancestors.

It's very easy to step out of the guest role and become a volunteer, which means you can add your parents etc.

 

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Anonymous Vickery
Well said Anne!
+3 votes
One of the main aims of WikiTree, is to provide 'one' tree, with all profiles sourced (as much as possible).

It is an unfortunate fact that the internet is littered with people who like nothing better than to vandalise other peoples work. Spammers on forums being a prime example.

Being able to add profiles to the one tree database, requires a member to volunteer, and sign the honour code. Without this, we could soon find the database filled up with bogus people, ficticious characters, and all sorts of unsourced garbage. Sorting that lot out would really be a waste of time.
by Dave Welburn G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
+2 votes

I got curious about your lineage. Did some quick research and added some details and sources to your Enos Henry Bok.

Nice thing about a single-family-tree-wiki like wikitree: other volunteers can help you find information about your family.

 

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (779k points)

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