Are we losing those who don't take the pledge for a good reason or not.

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Is there a followup for those who mark a tag with no manager? These are not members, but have indicated a need or interest in a subject.

I started the Hempel Name Study and ran across one of these. He left with no further contact I assume. He had interest enough to go thru the initial process, but dropped with nothing after marking that tag a year ago. Jon
WikiTree profile: Jon Czarowitz
in The Tree House by Jon Czarowitz G2G6 Mach 4 (40.9k points)

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It may be the case that a person has visited WikiTree, participated in a very limited way, read the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code, and decided for their own good reasons not to join at this time.  I do not consider this a loss any more than the person who visited and decided not to join.  We encourage visitors to look around the site, read the Honor Code, and join if they are willing to share the code of ethics and principles of this site.  We welcome everyone who wants to join in this collaborative venture, but for it to work, I believe we must all agree to the Honor Code.

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (571k points)
selected by Jon Czarowitz
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Even for this old DOS & AS-400 Dispatcher learning wikitree html coding, Sourcing, Referencing, Style & Standards, WT-mark-up  is no easy task. This is why I stay at it so hard...

I want to help make it easier for Noobs like me to learn the basics; who when they first arrived & fumbled terribly and create extra work for other members on Projects like I did on Mayflower. Communication and finding how to navigate "Learning The Ropes" is essential here.

Retention of members is how we will grow. I understand that not everybody can wikitree 80+ hours a week like I do, I recon' that's why Keith "Kicked me Up-Stairs". But hey- Ya'll it keeps me out of trouble :)
by Anonymous Vickery G2G6 Pilot (242k points)

Thank you for your comment. I agree that "learning the ropes" can be overwhelming, and I know some have dropped Wiki.  But, the quality of the sources in my lines makes this closer to "true".

I've been sourcing 100+ profiles for the Ayers one name study.  When a profile has no manager, and/or is part of a GEDcom file, it's more of a challenge.  But -- if a profile CAN be sourced, it adds to the bigger picture.  Maybe not for me, but for the next person. (My "Ayers" line was in the 1700's)  

My family's 500+ Gedcom will probably never be loaded to Wiki, because the author has passed away, and I can't source that quantity.

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