I have now Had a chance to consider the impact of what wikitree has done to living persons by making them private.
I think we now need to reconsider what WikiTree is all about. If this is a place to store your own private tree then yes these records will be valuable. If this is a place to have a connected tree for all to see then these private records have no use or place in WikiTree and they should be removed and not just hidden.
Before the changes I had all my living records as being able to see the tree which was useful to searches and has in the past given rise to additional contacts by people searching.
The vast number of Private records that now come up in match searches is very frustrating.
There are other free resources for people to construct their own private trees with living people and I believe that if we are not going to make public the name of the individual together with their tree connections for living people then the fully private records should be deleted.
I have tried to find some subsquent discussion/ moving forward on the temporary fix that was applied but failed.
If we are not going to expose these records again then I believe we should delete them.
If this is too drastic an action to take then the search and matching processes should all be changed to ignore these records.