Why can't I adopt profiles I have created

+9 votes

On the page:  http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Adoptions&p=7436309 I find a number of profiles that I have created that are orphaned and I want to adopt.  The lead text on the page mentions that those I can adopt will be highlighted in yellow.  None are highlighted and I created these profiles.

How can I adopt them and why has this occurred?   

Thanks, Carl Alvey

in WikiTree Tech by Carl Alvey G2G4 (4.2k points)
If none of the profiles are yellow highlighted, then they all have profile managers (you or others) and are not available to adopt. You can search by surname, if you are looking for adoptable profiles.
Hmmm, I think that isn't correct, Patricia.  I just went to the link Carl has above and picked a family I'm interested in (Heinlein) as I'm related to Robert Heinlein the SF writer.  It showed a number of names, none with a yellow highlight and picked 3 of them which seemed familiar.  You just click the box in front of the names you want and then click the adopt box and they're yours!  I then went to my tree on my computer and sure enough they were all in Robert Heinlein's line.  I'm pretty sure Carl can do the same thing.  It may be that the reference to yellow highlighted ones either is a leftover that doesn't apply any more or that it only applies to people wanting to get the Big Heart award.  (just a guess since the badge appears on the page Carl links to)  Anyway, I'm off to add some sources to these profiles I've adopted.
Must depend on the route  to the destination..  The link in original post above is blank for me, so did a look in my own relations and when I go exploring the adoptable profiles I get yellow highlights on available ones http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Adoptions&p=672233 - weird that some folks see highlights and others not, but either way, a profile that has a PM won't be adoptable (I hope).  Maybe on some screens it is just a matter of the check box being clickable or not, while other screens there is yellow highlight in addition to box being clickable.
I wonder if it depends on the browser being used?  I'm using Google Chrome.  Or there might be a setting on the computer or browser which needs a setting.
I think you guys are confusing a couple of separate issues together...

Dave, Carl's list is blank for most of us, as Carl's profile is private and we are not on his trusted list. Apparently you are generating a different list.

When using the Find menu's Find -> Orphaned Profiles, you are presented with a list of profiles that have no manager -- they are all orphaned. So no need to highlight any of them. The same when selecting a specific surname.

However, there is also a link on that page to find orphaned profiles in one's own family line (it adds "&p=xxxxxxx" to the url, where "xxxxx" is a unique db id for your user account). This list will contain a mix of profiles that may or may not have a manager. If any does not have a manager, then they will be highlighted in yellow.

Now, once you find an "adoptable" profile, if that profile is set to "Private", then it is actually not possible to adopt it without admin assistance. Clicking the "adopt this profile" link does nothing.
Right.  I've been doing some further looking and you're correct that's how it works.  But it would be nice if it were stated better on the page so you would know when to expect highlighted profiles and when not.  When I do it from my own profile I get exactly 1 highlighted profile for a Sarah Bond born in the 1600s.

I performed the "Orphaned Family" Search.  It presents me with a list of people from my tree as well as a few Private Profiles with I have no access to.  After reviewing the list of people I confirmed that I am the Profile manager for all of them.  So now my question is what is the search criteria that produces this list of individuals as my "Orphaned Family".  I would like to provide any missing data that may be causing them to show up in this list.

Thanks to all for your comments,

"Your" tree will include your direct ancestors and descendants, their spouses and siblings, etc.

Its a very large tree.

To be honest, I don't actually know the exact algorithm being used, but I suspect its something like that. It must cutoff somewhere, else we all will have the same tree -- since we're all related :)

3 Answers

+3 votes
Did you try actually click on one and adopting it?  I think I'll go do one and see if it works.  Meanwhile, see if you can go to one of those profiles directly and see whether that profile was indeed created by you (look at the changes tab on the profile and see who is listedd as creating it.)  In some cases it may be that these are duplicates of the ones you created and the two instances should  be merged.  In that case you should indeed adopt it and merge the two profiles, which you should be able to do since you would be the PM of both of them.  If that is the case and you haven't done any merging just ask a question about it and I'm sure someone will come along and help you.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
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We can't view the page you've listed, because we are not on your trusted list. Can you list some specific profile examples?

Most likely, the reason will be the privacy settings. If the profiles were orphaned while set at "Private", it is now not possible to adopt them (without admin assistance)
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (584k points)
+3 votes
For one thing, it is not possible to adopt a profile that you are already a manager of.

I looked at my own adoption page - and there they were, all my relatives, non-adoptable because I created them and haven't orphaned them since.

There WAS one highlighted guy, ancestor of mine, created by someone else and abandoned. Took him under my wings thanks to this discussion.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (590k points)

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