Such a shame that wikitree is not open source

+10 votes
Wikitree uses many open source tools, but the wikitree code itself is not open source. The reasons cited are that they dont want competing versions and it would compromise privacy if it was open source.

The trouble with this approach is that the lack of any access to the source doesn't make wikitree a very enticing project for open source developers, there seems to be a distinct lack of developer activity for such a large and important project.

For example I'm working on a project myself to make it easier to create better wiki profiles for the people I've added to wikitree but I really wanted to be able to make my GEDimport work better with Wikitree Import but because the code is not available (and Ive asked) its impossible for me to do that part.

Security concerns are important but only really applies to a small part of the code base. Duplicate of sites is less of a concern, not least because any competitors you would need access to the full datadump and that is not readily available either.

So why not open things up a bit and get some help to make the project better.
in WikiTree Tech by Paul Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
Wikitree does have an apps development group. Have you approached Chris about being involved in that?
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (817k points)
Yes Ive done but that doesnt give any source code access and to be honest very little seems to be happening with any of the apps.

Hi Paul,

Aleš Trtnik and Justin York have been doing fantastic work.

Regarding the GEDCOM import code in particular, I did say we're willing to open up the code to you. I just think it would be a mistake to do it now since we're planning a complete re-write of it ASAP.


HI Chris, it wasn't really clear that to me it was ever going to happen I took it that you had changed your mind about giving me access, can you give the eta for the rewrite completion then please. However whilst you may be right that the code would not be useful I don't really understand why you don't just open it and ,let developers make the decision themselves

I looked and used  Aleš Trtnik error report stuff that is indeed very useful but that is part of the wikitree site. I couldnt find what Justin York has done but if you can only name two people that really isn't very many is it. Also I have noticed that usually when I ask about automating a task I get a reply which suggests a very slow manual way to do it, exactly what I'm trying to avoid, again indicating to me a lack of engagement of software developers in the wikitree project.

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