I poked around in GEDCOMpare to remind myself what a user sees when they try to edit a pre-1700 project-protected profile. It seems that there are currently several alerts and warnings, but maybe more are needed. Here's what I found and what I recommend to possibly improve the current arrangement:
1. Ample alerts exist on edit screen for a PPP profile. When the EDIT window is opened for a PPP profile, there's a red warning banner that says "Project-Protected Profile: Do not save any changes without communicating with project members" and a notice like this (the actual notice I saw), accompanied by the PPP image:
Dunham-151 is collaboratively edited by the members of a project. Changes must be discussed.
- Send a private message to the Profile Manager, Puritan Great Migration Project WikiTree.
- Post a public comment on the profile.
2. Recommendation: Earlier notice of PPP status could help. Currently, GEDCOMpare doesn't indicate that a profile is PPP until after a person has opened the "EDIT" window, by which time I think it might be too late to dissuade them from completing their planned edit. The COMPARE page (which a person needs to view in order to access the EDIT button) does show the project name as profile manager. It seems to me that adding an indication of "Project Protected" on the COMPARE screen might reduce the incidence of uninformed edits to these profiles.
3. Editing of non-PPP Pre-1700 profiles is just like "usual." For Pre-1700 profiles that aren't project protected, the EDIT window has the new banner that says "If you are not already coordinating with a pre-1700 project, click here before proceeding (required). Thank you!" This is the same as what currently displays for a non-GEDCOMpare edit to a pre-1700 profile.
4. Recommendation: Remind people that they may not need to edit the profile. For all types of profiles, the edit screen advises:
Below is the current data for Dunham-151 (left column) and the new values suggested by the GEDCOM (center column). Select what you want to keep and, if you like, manually edit it (right column). Before clicking the "Save Changes" button, be sure you have evaluated the current profile in its entirety, including any comments or Research Notes.
The final statement in the alert might be too late. People should review the current profile before they even think about editing, not as their last act before pushing the "Save Changes" button. I think it would be helpful to precede that paragraph with the advice:
Before editing this profile, review the current profile in its entirety. The information content you propose to add might already be there, in which case you should cancel your edit.