Should profiles of living persons without PM be offered for adoption or deleted?

+3 votes
If there is a profile of a living person but nobody is available to manage it, should we offer these for adoption on the G2G forum or delete the profile?

Needless to say we need to be very careful about releasing private information. And in both cases we should adhere to the Honor Code and Legal Disclaimer.
in Genealogy Help by Martyn Grifhorst G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten

3 Answers

+1 vote
Honestly, I think profiles of living people with no PM should be deleted. While I'd like to say they should be offered up for adoption, I don't think anyone's personal information should be released without their knowledge or consent.

Is this something that is a problem? How many orphaned profiles of living people are on Wikitree?
by Heather Brown G2G4 (4.0k points)
+1 vote

Good points, Heather. Here's the current procedure, which Martyn is proposing some changes to.

The most common scenario is when someone asks for the profiles managed by an Unresponsive Profile Manager to be opened up. This is the policy we follow:

Essentially, what we do if a PM can't be reached is we orphan the Public and Open profiles and we delete the Private and Unlisted profiles.

Another scenario is when a user deletes their account without deleting Private profiles that they're managing. Various instructions tell people not to do this, but they still do. In these cases, the Private profiles aren't technically orphaned. They're put under the management of our WikiTree Admin account (WikiTree-1) and are generally deleted down the road unless they're reclaimed.

I think Martyn is proposing a change to Unresponsive Profile Managers policy. Is that right, Martyn?

It is sad to delete the Private profiles that someone created, just because we can't reach them for six months. Sometimes this happens when an elder genealogist in a family passes away, and they didn't add other family members to Trusted Lists.

But to Heather's point, I'm not sure there's much else we can do. If someone doesn't add others to the Trusted Lists of Private family profiles, who are we to do it? We could easily get in hot water.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
I agree we should be careful about allowing adoption of the living.  The federal government recently released the 1940 census.  They had been holding back for privacy reasons.  It might be easier to just pick a year and say any orphans born after 19xx will be automatically deleted.  That way we aren't trying to determine life or death.
+2 votes
I wish there was a better way for this... I hate that the profiles essentially become unusable but understand privacy concerns... maybe going forward in the rules it could state profiles over 150 will be green'd if not already and orphaned? That would assure they were deceased, at least...

I hate to think some impossible to find parentage, sourcing or family relation that WikiTree had would be deleted... but I understand, like I said...


by Lindsay Tyrie G2G6 Mach 1 (18.4k points)

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