I recently noticed an editor who makes thousands of edits per month, but surprisingly, almost all the edits are adoptions of profiles, and divestments of such adoptions. The editor's profile page is covered in messages of thanks from wikitree people for doing such great work. This is an odd story, but is it important?...
...Getting to the practical point:
1. A very large number of the adopted profiles are pre 1500. This is of course how I noticed it, because many are ones I have worked on and this includes many ones which have taken a lot of work and time to get them broken free from whatever old gedcoms might accidentally once have had a claim on them. As far as I can see however, this editor has no pre-1500 certification. Presumably if any of us work on a profile now, we should also adopt it if we don't want problems.
2. Some of our ambassadors explicitly showed that they realize this editor mainly adopts orphans, and STILL they consider this a great job, related to a great priority of Wikitree. That, to me, was worrying. Am I missing something?
I have raised the issue in the past of what role profile managers really should even play in pre-1500. I don't think there was ever a clear answer, only generalities like coordinating and stuff which of course is absolutely not what happens. The main effect in practice (when a profile manager steps in) is blocking merges and making changes difficult. (I'd be happy to be convinced that there is some other practical effect.) To me then, the question of profile managers in pre-1500 is open, and I am happiest when no one is using their PM powers, but instead using normal communication methods and watchlists etc.
Food for thought?