I'm relatively new on WikiTree and finding it to be a great resource. Contributing back, I have edited profiles, created new people, adopted a few orphaned profiles, and PM'ed the PM.
I've also read the discussion around editing profiles. If there is a protocol to follow when editing, I haven't found it. So, I'm sharing my evolving editing protocol:
1. If simply adding a new citation, make the required changes and give an explanation before saving.
2. If adding a descendant, double check the parents, verify the descendant, against an official source, (vital records for example), and to confirm that the other descendants listed are part of the family. Explain the change.
Same thing for adding parents, and spouses...official source. Verify with other family information.
3. If the profile is trash, (some are), with a single low value citation, and contains an invitation to edit at will, edit at will.
4. If something like a birth date, or name spelling appears wrong against a new source, add the citation, a research note, explain the change, and PM the PM.
5. Check the last change date, if quite stale, attempt to PM the PM. If the PM is no longer active, edit at will.
6. Keep the original citations - kinda-no-matter what. Move "Broken Links" to a section in sources "Broken Links"
8. Do big changes slowly - Add spouse? wait a few days before making any other changes. Adding children, one or two at a tiem, wait a few days.
9. Check the "Sources" space. Wherever possible use the recommended citation protocol.
10 Use "Research Notes" to communicate. esp anomalies, and date stamped intentions.
11. Check for any prescribed "Project Template" and protocol. Some 'project profiles' require open discussion before making any changes.
My protocol evolved and will continue to.
As a newbie, it's not the so much the tools that take time to learn, it is understanding the well established culture, and diversity of opinion.
Suggestions on how I might improve my editing protocol are invited.