Have you ever had the experience of waiting for replies from non responsive Leaders & Profile Managers? [closed]

+12 votes
This has been my experience for 50% of WikiTree generated emails.  Certainly not a good look for Leaders and their unresponsive behaviour.

Why does this happen?

* Perhaps overload of work.

* Perhaps Issues of Power and Control.

* Perhaps gone on holiday or some other important situation has come up.

This names a few.  It has been put to me that you should wait a month before taking action.  This is a very long time particularly if you are creating a merge, wanting to join a project etc.

Correct me if I am wrong.  A way around this problem [Particularly Leaders] is to put a note on your profile that you are not available  from..... to.....  After all you have to go to person's home page to send them a WikiTree Generated email.  This would save people being annoyed because there is no response!
closed with the note: Newer message should be started, this one is over a year old and things have changed.
in WikiTree Help by Athol Henry G2G6 (8.3k points)
closed by Robin Lee
Which project are you wishing to join Athol.... I'm sure we can help you out :)
Thanks for your comment.  Will respond to you privately, because If I name the projects it points to who their leaders are.
Hi Athol

I offered to volunteer for xxx several months ago.  Agreed to set aside a day that worked for both of us.

Not heard a thing since, last communication (privately) was 17th May.  Though the person has been posting here so not away/on holiday etc

Now volunteered for a different project.

3 Answers

+7 votes
The short answer is "yes"!  I sent messages to a PM pointing out that their were numerous errors in a profile. I included my reputable sources for my claims. One week later I sent another msg, worded somewhat stronger. This time I received a response saying that they were not in a position to help me at the moment. 3 weeks have now gone by and I have made no progress. I'll wait just a wee bit longer.

Some weeks ago I found 2 profiles the same managed by 2 different people. I sent a msg to both asking them to merge these profiles, please - there has been no response from either.

If 'leaders' are not responsive then it would seem reasonable that they should not be leaders and someone else should have this position/authority.

Maybe another group of keen, regular users should be formed called 'guardians'.  The purpose of this group would be to resolve non-responsive issues quicker and, if necessary, remove PM's from profiles or be able to add people to the Trusted List - just ideas.  If 'guardians' are not responsive then other guardians could remove them!!

Oh, well...!
by Kevin Sands G2G6 Mach 3 (32.0k points)
+2 votes
I think this is a particular issue when we are talking about non-responsive leaders. Leaders have been allocated special privileges and functionality and with this should come responsibilities. There should be some level of transparency with how they use or decide not to use these 'powers', particularly on an open source website.

Are there guidelines for a lack of response from leaders?

Are there guidelines on how some becomes a leader?
by Living Ross G2G6 Mach 3 (30.0k points)

Simon, this g2g thread is over two years old and I just realized (after posting my answer) that the original poster hasn't been on wikitree for many months. 

You might want to start a new thread with your particular concern. 

In the meantime you can find general info about Leaders here:


PS, technically, wikitree is not open source but perhaps you meant something else.
0 votes
If you are seeking to join a project, be sure to check the Project page for info about how to join.  Many (most?) projects require joining through a specific g2g thread.  This is done for tracking purposes and because projects divvy up responsibilities. For example, Anne B and I are co leaders of the PGM project   She handles project badge requests. I don't.

That said, if someone sent me a private message requesting to join, I'd point them to the project page instructions.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (929k points)
Also check your spam folder for the off chance that their response ended up there. Rare but I've seen it happen.

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