Unlisted public profiles a problem for relationship finder.

+5 votes
Next week, how are we supposed to see our connection, to Meghan Markle or others following, if they are unlisted because they are living.  This surely will undermine the idea of the relationship finder, will it not.

I appreciate the need for more privacy, but is there another way that certain profiles, including public profiles, can be protected, without being hidden from view?
in WikiTree Tech by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
This Meghan Markle stuff is Malarky.  It's not like we don't know who her parents are and can pretty quickly find out who her grandparents were.  As far as Harry, we know his mother is dead, but literally his freakin' parents and half his grandparents were sitting in the room with him.  I think public figures should be exempted from the living privacy changes.
Exactly. If they are notable enough to have a public profile on Wikipedia, then Wikitree shouldn't be any different. Particularly in the case of Royalty, where it is because of their families they have a public profile.

2 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer
The profiles in the Connection Finder will change to deceased people soon so the Unlisted-ness won't be a factor for those.  

Meghan's just a fun one for this week because of the Royal Wedding! :)  We thought we'd squeeze her in before she went Unlisted.
by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
selected by Robin Lee
It was a good idea. She has French Canadian ancestors so she will be related to LOTS of wikitreers!!

She is distantly related to my husband - 11th cousin if I remember rightly. The common ancestor goes back to the 1600s.
+1 vote
Make a screen shot of your connection to Megan today and save that image. Then if the connection does get broken next week, you have a screen shot as proof. That is what I do with all my connections.

I have a folder called Connections with lots and lots of connection screenshots in it.

I also think that Notables are somehow being exempt from this new privacy rule, but I don't how that will be done.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
I hope the notables are being exempted from this new rule.  It would be a pointless exercise, I think, if you can look them up on wikipedia, but can't look them up on wikitree.  I understand that even public profiles deserve some privacy, such as birthdays, or family details. But I would have thought that being public, means that they expect public attention.  Certainly we should be fair in the attention we give.  Sticking to basic details of when they came to public attention, and what for.  The only time I think wikitree might be unfair in this regard, is when living parents, grandparents, siblings, are included, despite lack of public profile.

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