sorry this is long but I have some stuff i need to say and for me this fits! no offense is meant to anyone..just my viewpoints based on experiences on wt and off involving ppp and projects on wt and off of
No I don't support the changes. As it stands now there are many many many of my direct lines that are becoming "Project Claimed" or Project-Protected. Don't get me wrong here, Projects and the ppl in them contribute a lot of time, energy talents and work to the profiles. I get it, I do appreciate all of them and their hard works ..BUT Projects in many ways "take control"..when someone discovers a baptism record for say a person that Licensed "respected" known genealogists say doesn't exist, or a marriage record or a death record or documents that help prove a couple was married..and they did have "these children or this additional child"...Guess what..to get that one change to go on a PPP can be a flippin nightmare (nevermind just tryin to get 2 profiles merged (if one is PPP and the other is just floating out in wt) - IF the "majority" rules in the Project or the ones in-charge of the project or on ppp profile, say... "well that is not what this Expert says, or well that is NOT what this well known genealogist says or this well used genealogical reference book says." Then getting ANY changes or adding ANy actual family that belongs can be a harassing nightmare, Especially if the docs were found in a Location where the Project ppl say..."well that can't be them! they weren't in that area". If I've learned nothing else in 25+ years of genealogy I've learned sometimes where you think something is..it isn't! and sometimes who you think someone isn't... they are!... And anytime you take genealogy and turn it into Labels, it becomes about the Labels and less about the lives lived and the families that connect, sorry just my observations.
My point.. Taking the kids into PPP status on top of what already is PPP only makes it much harder to CORRECT Errors of KIDs within these PPP families.. Especially when the ones IN-Charge thru PPP or Projects deams - "no". wikitree was supposed to be meant for ALL of US to work on ALL Profiles, it has Slowly become a place where.. NOPE, not all, not pre-1700 if not cerified, .. nope not on pre-1500 unless you jump thru ALOT of hoops, join projects, GET approval from project people for profiles you've worked on or created.. Btw.. if you've pss'd ppl off who are in specific projects...you can forget getting approval for much of anything!
If you want to PPP the kids what's next/ all the kids' spouses/ ,then their kids and their spouses?.. heck lets just do the whole lot of em in a direct line to current living. I know I'm being overly dramatic here.. but realistically..theres been a lot of wars between those who work on their family lines seriously BUT don't want to be in Projects or don't have time for Projects, and Those who volunteer and work these projects and PPPs. PPPs' & Projects has helped created a wikitree phenomenon where some profiles are so special.. others aren't allowed or permitted to work on them.. and these could be their direct maternal or paternal lines. It has become of feeling for some when you open a profile- look first who is pm.. Oh its a project... "nevermind" walk away or just leave the info in a comment, don't try to put it in the bio, they use codes you don't understand (not standard inline refs) - PPP and Projects have basically laid claim "we own these profiles". Messed up part of this is... Some of us might have documents that prove or disprove stuff on some of these profiles, but the drama that comes along with trying to change some of these profiles (PPP) is not worth the aggravation or the hoops. Or if you offer up the records.. sure projects will happily take them (if they ARGEE with what the records show-- But oooh my gosh.. if they have a preconceived notion or idea about this person, their spouses or parents etc and it doesn't agree with the docs... forget it, they will sometimes tell you.."nope thats' a different joe shmo, can't be this one". Or if they do agree they will happily add em into the profile, and many times, no mention of where they got em or from whom.
I think the best thing to fix kids to families/ parents mght be that an actual primary or very very good secondary type source doc must be used to add. a birth record, baptism, marg, death, will of parent, land transfer, ship passenger list, Genealogical Society or Associations (where sources are included in thier infos), etc at least then random kids would not be connected just because names were the same or similar. there are too many types of docs out there that make good suspected viable as "sources" until better sources can be found.. but many times PPP and Projects will tell you those aren't acceptable. We had an arguement over the baptism record a person believed to be related to someone else on wt. But a project person deamed that the "baptism" was suspect because of the age the person was at the time of baptism! The person was an adult, baptized, so this actually made the baptism more of a primary source doc since the info on it came directly from the mouth of the of the person baptised- they were living, speaking, alive and talking, yet it was because they were "older" that a wt project person said that was why thier own words were suspect "the want to be recognized as the son of this other well-known person" of that time period. The ppp /project disconnected entire family lines that now- this current day ARE accepted lines of this "important persons' familial history".. what gives anyone in wt the right to determine that accepted lines (of over 200 years to living descendants today) should be removed based on some "ppp/project ideal" of who is and who isn't Especially when a baptismal record is located?
See I'm sorry, I agree with Danielle , Gedcom random junk with no sources and random somebody shared tree stuff without sources should NOT be loaded to PPP's or project profiles.. personally I don't think they should be loaded at all. grabbing a bunch of names with no viable sources is just creating more junk to correct.