Pre-1700 qualified mentor needed to improve on my answer to another question

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I answered THIS QUESTION a few weeks ago and mine was the only answer.  The person who asked just posted a comment asking where to find citations.  I did my best to answer, but don't think my response is adequate.

I'm posting this because I don't expect the question to draw attention at this point, since it's not current enough.  THANX!

in WikiTree Help by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (762k points)
retagged by William Foster
Really very nice of you to follow up

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I think you answered it very well. I am by no means a mentor, but I have copied some information about writing source citations, so I will PM her with some examples.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (380k points)
THANX, Lucy, but now I think I didn't phrase this question very well, either, because what I meant was someone - like you! - who knows both the right things to say and the right way to say them, not necessarily an anointed WikiTree mentor.

I'm having a hard time trying to find the right words (tact is not my strong suit and I only know how to say things directly, as opposed to gently).  I hope the community will forgive me if this appears critical rather than supportive of members who need to be guided in how we do things here.  I have noticed recently that there have been many questions about pre-1700 profiles from new members that don't seem to understand what sources are … and that "ancestry tree", "grandma said so", etc. are not appropriate sources or that "family search" is not an appropriate citation for what is probably a good source.  I really think that if we are going to continue to have people with no WikiTree experience self-qualify for pre-1700, then we need to have experienced members with knowledge of research on early profiles look over their shoulder and educate them.

I am not yet pre-1700 certified precisely because I do not feel competent to work on these profiles, although I have been told many times by many people that I should stop saying that and get the certification even though I have never worked on anything earlier than mid-1800's.

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