I am a team player. I try not to step out of line in much of anything I do. Well, unless a piano is zooming towards me while I stand on the sidewalk of life.
Over the past few months I have watched my Watchlist grow well past the 5000 limit suggested (strongly) by WikiTree. Didn't know there was a suggested limit?
Keith Hathaway posted about WikiTree watchlist limits previously here on G2G,
"The current guideline on Watchlist size is that it should not exceed 5,000 (with a few exceptions). There are reasons for this. One thing that can go wrong is that too many profiles can suddenly impair the function of some tools including the very ones needed to help you correct the problem.
There has also been debate about how many profiles someone could effectively manage and what that means. Even if there was no other justification, showing respect for the guidelines is covered by the Honor Code and is reason enough to abide.
When you see your Watchlist size approach 5,000 or suddenly notice a warning like this pop up:
...It's time to reduce your Watchlist size." Here is the full post.
But how can I just go about lobbing off all these precious profiles? Don't they need my gentle tending?
I have had people inadvertently or vertently add me to their watchlists over the years. Good intentions and hopes that I might clear their limbs from it's mistakes and oops. Oh, they found out quickly enough that I don't really help people at all - I help them to help themselves.
All of this hopefull adding of me has led to the woeful bloating of my watchlist.
Today I worked on severing the first thousand or so and I am below the 5000 mark, once again in the good graces of our great big ole shared tree.
I don't need to be on the trusted list of profiles in my own line, really. Since we all collaborate and the majority of my profiles are open (for me it's only the living who need my watchful eye) I am shedding the extra poundage.
A to C done today PLUS a great big bunch from a trusted list I was added to a few years ago. I do share family with the person who added me, but having one or two connections to her family didn't mean I needed to be added to her WHOLE family.
Back to the gym in the next few weeks and my watchlist will be a faint wisp of what it was. If only one could shed real poundage so easily. :-)
What?! Blueberry pie IS SO NOT fattening!
One suggested improvement - on the My WikiTree drop-down menu we can see how many thank yous we have - right there on the menu. Can we add the number of our watchlist to the My WikiTree dropdown menu Watchlist item as well? This way we can see daily what our watchlist number is. It can be a reminder to head to the Gym.