What if some DNA features worked if you are not logged in?

+2 votes
If you click on a GEDmatch ID you see that ID's One-to-many matches in GEDmatch.  If you click on two [compare] links then you see a One-to-one comparison for those two IDs in GEDmatch.  

What if you did not have to be logged into WikiTree for that to happen?

Would more visitors see the usefulness and power of those features and want to join WikiTree (so they could do the same with their DNA information)?  I suspect too many people look at WikiTree without logging in and see the ads and the GEDmatch ID with no link and don't realize what they are missing.
in The Tree House by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (524k points)
edited by Peter Roberts
I like it - very good idea!
Peter, this is now done. Thank you for suggesting it!
Hello Chris,

That is simply excellent!  I sincerely hope it makes a difference for Wikitree visitors and attracts more of them to become members.

Best regards,

2 Answers

+3 votes
One word  “Privacy”
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (968k points)
WikiTree tells visitors the GEDmatch IDs.  They just need to login to GEDmatch and perform the same One-to-many or One-to-one function.  How does that change the privacy?
Sorry I thought you were saying for them to connect to other people’s DNA without being part of WikiTree.
If you are a registered GEDmatch user then you can connect to other people’s DNA information in GEDmatch.  You don’t have to be a WikiTree user.
Thanks, learning all the time here
+5 votes
Hi Peter,

Adding the [compare] links might be feasible. We will look at adding those.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
On a tangentially related note, would it be feasible to get GEDmatch to provide an anonymized/tokenized URL for one-to-one comparisons?  The privacy problem for Wikitree is that the comparison URL includes the GEDmatch ID, a unique identifier, of each tester.  That means we can't use it for a non-Wikitree member tester.  If the URL to compare two GEDmatch IDs couldn't be decoded without being logged into GEDmatch, then it gets the identifier off of Wikitree's system and onto GEDmatch where everyone has agreed to their terms.  Then the anonymized URL could be included in DNA confirmation statements.  Just whistling in the dark.

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179 views asked Jul 21, 2016 in The Tree House by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (524k points)

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