Duplicates and the WikiTree Mission

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Is there something we could do to explain better our mission:

Our mission is to grow a single worldwide family tree

Duplicates seem to be the norm
Its my tree the common response
I don't like what your doing so I'll start a new line.

We have to post some where all duplicates will be merged, a lot of work.
Common ancestors belong to the community.

Not having this clearly posted and understood only creates bad feelings and resentment, especially to those trying to clean up the duplicates.

in Policy and Style by Living Lechner G2G6 Mach 6 (69.4k points)


We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles.  Duplicates and multiples occur frequently on more distant ancestors and will be merged with the collaborative work of others into a single ancestor.


I added a new page at http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Collaboration

It's linked from the first point of the Honor Code and from many other help pages.

Maybe that will help.


Very nice, thank you. It would be a nice place to direct people that have questions. Thanks.

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Hi Mike,

I point people to the Honor Code when there's some question about whether they want to merge.


Right at the top is: "We collaborate. When we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles."

Does that not work when you point people there? What do they say?



by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Living Lechner

Ignoring the other one for last week, there is

See my profile, They change there name to , Anonymous Anonymous  and do not honor access requests.

Mike: It looks like this one guy has closed his account. He probably never understood the WikiTree mission and wasn't interested in participating. Sometimes we get users like this. Often they're people who joined a long time ago, before certain policies were in place, e.g. the requirement to sign the Honor Code before uploading a GEDCOM.
If they never understood the mission and later get upset when the merges must take place is there not a problem? Perhaps not many are effected however upseting one person does not make it easy for those doing the merges. Just asking if we can make it more clear some how.  Duplicates will and must be merged, use caution in creating a new profile.
Of course it's a problem, Mike. My point is that we may have already taken steps to solve it. What you see when you join now is very different from what you saw just a few months ago. Same with GEDCOM uploads. We've made dozens of improvements and changes to the policies and instructions. If you have specific suggestions for more improvements and changes, they're certainly welcome. Post them here. (On the other hand, there are real diminishing returns to instructional pages. Many people will never read them. And sometimes the more you write the less gets read.)
Ok, very true on too much to read. Thanks Mike

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