Recycling WikiTreeIDs

+16 votes
I read a few times about recycling IDs.

I  would like to know why? I couldn't find the answer to that and when I create a new profile, I really can't also search for recyclable profile. From computer point of view, there is no need for such action. You can only get strange history of the profile.
in WikiTree Tech by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (561k points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
Actually, from a computer point of view, it would be better to not use Surnames in the Wikitree IDs used in the links.  We would not have to agonize over spelling so much.  And having the lowest number could and should then be irrelevant too.

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+15 votes
Best answer
Here's our help page on recycling WikiTree IDs:

Let me know if that answers your questions.

by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
selected by Anonymous Vickery
interesting. I wouldn't have expected it was a problem to reuse an unmanaged anonymous profile. i am guilty of this.  To answer your question, when I come across one, I search of any history of the profile. If nothing is available I simply create a real person that is not already part of  wikitree to replace it. I will stop and leave the administration of such corrections to someone who wants to handle them.

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