Unresponsive manager request

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Should we change the Unresponsive Manager Request form when a manager hasn't been active on WikiTree for 3 years to not require certain fields to be checked?

If a manager hasn't contributed to WikiTree in over a certain period of time - say a year or more, shouldn't we be able to request one of their solely-managed profiles be opened for adoption without waiting the currently-required 7 days? It would be nice to be able to complete the Unresponsive Manager Request form in such cases without having to check the three boxes for Trusted List Request, Private Message and Message on the PM's profile, since the PM isn't an active manager in any way...

It might help speed up adoption, management and enhancement of some of the profiles.
in Policy and Style by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
I think that the Trusted List Request, Private Message and Message on the PM's profile are very simple and easy to accomplish steps, that also provide a "due diligence" aspect to why certain things on WikiTree have been done. Imagine if that person finally came back to WikiTree and wondered where all of their profiles went?

In theory what you have proposed is a good idea, but operationally, I think it may cause some issues and possibly even be abused.
There are 11 profiles in one of my family lines that I would like to add sources to but they are all locked and one deceased individual has been marked as living and now can not be accessed at all.  The profile manager has not been active on WikiTree since 2011, and all efforts to contact her have been fruitless, and the process of using the unresponsive manager in the past has not resulted in these profiles being opened.  I think her absence of 7 years is long enough to indicate she isn't interested in coming back.  If someone hasn't been active on WikiTree in at least 5 years their profiles should be opened so others can adopt them.

2 Answers

+7 votes
In the grand scheme of things, 7 days is not very much time. The current procedures work and have been tuned over the years so I would not really want it to change without a lot of thought. A bigger problem are active people who don't want to collaborate at all.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
Or That want to and been told not to!
When some one has a issue with some one with with wiki a report is fille, and some people are told not to talk to people, just work on their line. they can't merge added converse with others.. this is a huge issue on wiki to me.
Those people are seen as anti social
The process works, even for dealing with the anti-social or otherwise non-collaborative people. I've had issues amicably resolved through the process. It takes time but it does work.
+5 votes
I have several merges that are held up because of unresponsive profile managers (merges that I did for not family members). I started to fill out the unresponsive profile managers and it wants to add me as the profile manager. I have enough profiles related to me that I don't want to start adding non-relatives. To me this seems to limit people from just merging profiles as they just stay on my list of things to merge but I can't because the privacy setting on one is set the way it is. I have been doing the private message and have come across one person that only used her iPhone and didn't know how to merge so I asked her to put me on the trusted list, I did the merge and added research and then took my name off the trusted list. Not everyone responds like that but that was an easy way for me to get rid of a profile merge I had sitting on my list for some time. Is there a way I can do this for others when the profile manager never responds without me having to adopt it?
by Sherry Wells G2G6 Mach 1 (16.8k points)
I concur with Sherry; requesting to be added to the trusted list of a given profile should NOT be a requirement for the unresponsive manager request.

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