Recency of death > publication of profile?

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What is WikiTree's policy for publishing profiles of people who have died relatively recently? i.e., within the past 20 to 25 years? Are there guidelines?

Thanks in advance,

in Policy and Style by Alison Kilpatrick G2G5 (5.6k points)

1 Answer

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I believe people dead less than 100 years can have any privacy setting other than Unlisted.  Usually, recent decedents have one of the yellow locks, or sometimes the green lock.  The profile manager chooses.

by Living Tardy G2G6 Pilot (769k points)
Thank you for your reply, Herbert, and for the URL pointer.

The question arises because, as I've researched the lateral branches of a particular tree, the lines come up to nearly the present day. For my own parents (d.1994 and d.2003), I have selected the "Private" setting, and it occurs to me that I should be doing this for others of a similar generation.

I am very interested to hear how others treat these more modern profiles for distant cousins.

regards, Alison
I usually use Private with Public Biography and Family Tree.  I think there's not much point putting a person on a shared global tree if no one can see him or her.  The straight red-lock Private setting prevents nieces, nephews, grandchildren, cousins, etc, from learning about their relative.  It also inhibits collaboration on WikiTree.  The profile might as well not be there at all.  Just my opinion.
I'm tending towards a public profile for famous people, and Private with Public Family Tree for everyone else who has died within the past thirty years.

Thanks for your sharing your opinions, Herbert.

I use Open for almost everyone who is dead.  The only exceptions are profiles that have proven to be data doctor bait for people making incorrect changes repeatedly if I leave them open.  Those profiles are public (green).

I use the most open possible setting for almost all living profiles I manage - yellow for public bio and family tree.  A very few rare cases are only public family tree because of the person's need to keep certain things in their bio private.
I tend to wait until after the funeral.  But if they're really old and had a good life I don't think that's needed.  The exception for me is the children with living parents.  I don't won't to upset anyone so I leave those on yellow.  I've never had a complaint.
Thank you, Gaile and Vincent, for your insights. cheers, Alison

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