Have you seen the new Profile Previews?

+88 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

The Profile Previews we started beta testing two weeks ago are now live everywhere on WikiTree!

You should see them anywhere you hover over a link to a name. For example, if you put your cursor over my name below you should see mine. To see your own, hover over the "Profile" link in the "My WikiTree" pull-down menu above. If you hover over your parents' names in your preview it should switch to theirs. You can navigate up and down from there, all within the preview window.

A couple notes:

  • These won't work on most mobile devices because phone and tablet browsers usually don't let you hover over links. If you touch a link you go the page. In Android you may be able to see the previews by touching and holding the link.
  • They may not work on IE 11. (Thank you, RJ Horace, for the bug report.)
  • These are privacy-controlled. If a profile is private what you see depends on whether you're on the Trusted List.

I hope you like these as much as I do. In certain circumstances they could be a distraction (for example, we're considering whether to remove them from pull-down menus) but overall I think they constitute a major improvement to WikiTree. They could transform the way we browse trees and do things such as reviewing search results and potential matches.

Please post here if you have questions, problems, or suggestions.  We made a number of improvements based on suggestions from Rob Jacobson and others in the beta testing discussion and are likely to be making another round of improvements soon.

Onward and upward,


in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
I like the concept, but they do pop up at irritating regularity and obscure what I am trying to do.

I love these new changes!  I can see where sometimes the box maybe in the way, but overall it's awesome!  I was going thru my profiles and checking to see if the security on the profile was accurate.  I could place the cursor on the children and see if they were mine without going to them!



Update: We just released a round of improvements, based mostly on the member feedback here.

You can now turn off the previews, either temporarily or permanently. You will see links for turning them off within the preview windows themselves. If you turn them off permanently you can turn them on again in your settings.

We tweaked the timing. They now open just a little bit more slowly when you hover-over them and close a little more quickly when you move your mouse away from them.

They no longer appear in the pull-down menus.

We've also added a couple bits of information. You can easily see when the profile is orphaned (instead of just not seeing a profile manager's name). And there is copy-and-paste code for creating a link to a profile, like this: [[Whitten-1|Chris Whitten]].

Thanks for the new improvements for the Profile Previews, Chris!yes

THANKS ! ! ! for listening and making improvements.
Thank you!  Many nice changes to the previews. I will find them useful now rather than in the way!
The recent improvements are a good solution.  I am happy with the pop-up feature now.  Kudos.
Wow, that's great, temporary or permanent turn off.  I love them so I'll not be turning them off permanently but temporary is useful especially during side by side merge comparisons.

thanks for the improvements!
Another GREAT use for using the pop up panels is to grab the profile ID number.  I like to include the ID numbers when I refer to the parents, siblings or other relatives and make the names stand out.  This enhancement makes  it so easy to obtain those numbers!

These are very helpful, especially as inside the preview you can step back to the ancestor or forward to descendants. Saves quite sometime well done!

52 Answers

+7 votes
I love this--I hope it gets to stay. One thing I noticed while reviewing some proposed merges using the compare feature. The hover feature block doesn't usually get fully displayed unless you are in full screen mode. I am never in full screen mode as I have two browser sessions open while working on WT: one for WikiTree and one for searching for sources. This might be in the same category as not working on mobile devices, but I thought I'd mention it jic. Thanks so much!
by Jacqueline Girouard G2G6 Mach 4 (44.2k points)
+4 votes
Yes. thank you
by Anonymous Hudnall G2G6 (8k points)
+5 votes
The previews are annoying. When one pulls down a list the preview pops up and obstructs the list.  Hate them.
by Gaye Melendez G2G2 (2.9k points)
+5 votes
Feature bloat. They're annoying and having to click to get rid of them doubly so.
by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 4 (46.4k points)
No need to click, just move the cursor outside of them.
Rob  Jacobson, On some systems like mine just moving the cursor does not work. I have no idea why but I usually have to refresh my screen to make them go away.
+4 votes
I find them very useful.. thank you!!
by Trish Sanson G2G1 (1.8k points)
+1 vote
After days of being annoyed with these previews, I finally found one useful.  Not that useful, but a little bit useful.  Still wishing they'd disappear forever.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
+2 votes
So, for the past few weeks, I'm become more impressed with this change. Makes so many things so much easier. Thanks!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+2 votes
I find them very annoying as they pop up in place covering text your trying to read and can no longer see because of the pop up.  I do not see that they add any value!
by Carolyn Wilder G2G6 Mach 2 (29k points)
+2 votes
hank you for the latest changes. Way better.
by Leslie Cooper G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
+2 votes
Thanks for all your hard work, and especially for responding to feedback, even if negative.

I can see the benefits of this new feature, but personally don't like it when using a mobile device as the popup is so big it covers up much of what I am looking at, especially if I accidentally trigger it, which I seem to do often. On the other hand when working on my computer with large screen it seems like a bonus, and doesn't bother me at all.

So, thanks for making it optional! Much appreciated.

You will never please everyone, but this is what community collaboration is all about, and demonstrates the best of WT, and everything I love about it.

by Christine Pike G2G2 (2.5k points)
edited by Christine Pike
+2 votes
Thank for listening and giving us the option to use this amazing feature when we need it.
by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Mach 8 (83.7k points)
+1 vote
I think it is cool so far and I like the idea so far.
by April Kelly G2G2 (2k points)

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