Don't put profiles into the Frauds and Fabrications category!

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I just noticed that the Category: Frauds and Fabrications, which is for fraudulent genealogies, was acquiring profiles at quite a clip, apparently part of the Spring Clean-Up.  They don't go there -- that's for fraudulent genealogies!  If you have a profile that's affected by one of the Anjou frauds, for instance, you put it into the Anjou fraud sub-category; if your profile belongs to some other widespread fraud that doesn't yet have a sub-category  then create a sub-category for it, document the fraud and affected sources in there, and add your profile to that.

If it's just a one-off but commonly repeated error, the profile itself can and should provide its own documentation -- put a nice firm explanation of why it's erroneous at the very top of the profile, with a bolded, centered heading, and put an "Uncertain Existence" template on it, and it will show up in Google searches and as a match on Wikitree when someone tries to recreate the thing.  I just beefed up the "Uncertain Existence" instructions, btw.

I generally put a very stern warning at the very top of real profiles when I disconnect  them from bogus profiles, for example:


asked Apr 22, 2017 in Policy and Style by Patricia Hawkins G2G6 Mach 1 (17,310 points)
retagged Jun 20, 2017 by Ellen Smith
Kudos to Beth for her diligence in creating profiles, and then for recognizing the problems with the data. Her work and Valerie's work will help keep others from falling for this fake genealogy.
Just to add I've been looking at some of the profiles now categorised. I was very uncertain about whether the whole lot should be categorised with the warning or that some research might enable parts of it to be saved (as in repurposing the doppleganger Pitts) . However, I noticed that one of the pseudo Pitts   recently had a correct profile created leaving her parallel profile attached to the false lineage

But reading  about Rockingham Plantation in medieval Cornwall has convinced me that the whole lot should be categorised: a mammoth task and hopefully eventually  deleted )
Wow, everyone's been working hard all day -- I've been out.

No, we don't delete fraudulent profiles, we put documentation about the fraud on them, and use them to prevent new ones from being made.  Then they show up in web searches, and when someone tries to recreate the profile.

Otherewise, they just... keep...coming...back.

I just edited the Frauds and Fabrications category page  to document best practices,  and also how to create and name an F&F subcategory, see what people think:

No way should it be this much trouble!

Oops, must have forgotten to hit save.  It's there now:

Thanks - sorry you now have x 2 Goodman categories, hadn't wanted to use the word "fraudulent" when creating that first category. Hope there's a way to loose it.
I converted the first Goodman Genealogy category to a "Misnamed category."
I saw the new Frauds and Fabrications issue raised and answered in my 13 Feb Wiki Genealogy Feed which brought to mind several questions I had about the Frauds and Fabrications process.

I adopted a lot of orphaned Goodmans, many of whom were born and died in England.  Several weeks later when I started paging through them to see what else needed to be done, imagine my surprise to find that someone had decided that they were Frauds and their entire life stories had been Fabricated!  No one contacted me, the profile manager.  No one provided any rationale for believing that someone had perpetrated a Fraud for who knows what purpose!  They just put the Category on these people and considered it settled.  Well, I don't consider it settled at all.
Judy please contact me directly so that we can work on entering good sources for those Goodman profiles you have concerns about.
Judy, the sad reality is that there have been some perpetrators of fraudulent genealogies whose work has contaminated many family histories. Their fakery often is blended or interconnected with valid information, which can make it very difficult to separate truth from fraud. Inclusion of a profile in one of these categories means that the person is in a family group whose genealogy was in a body of work that is now known to include fabricated information. The particular person's data may not be adversely affected, but careful research is needed to figure out what's valid and what isn't -- and to weed out the bad information.

Thanks to Valerie for offering assistance.
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this is great, and I thank all of you for fixing and trying to prevent others from chasing down the wrong path - have done that and it is what makes a lot of folks give up! So although I do not think I have any connection to this mess I do appreciate your work sorting it all out
answered Feb 13 by Navarro Mariott G2G6 (8,760 points)

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