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Why do we have projects?

A project is simply a group of members organized around a topic or activity on WikiTree.

WikiTree is all about collaboration. Collaboration depends on communication and coordination.

We created projects to make it easier for members who are interested in the same profiles or volunteer work to find each other, communicate, and coordinate their efforts.

One of the most important purposes of topical projects, i.e. projects covering a group of profiles, is to work out styles and standards for editing those profiles and to help everyone apply them.

Technically, all standards apply everywhere on WikiTree, but practically speaking many only apply in certain areas. For example, whether "Knight" or "Sir" belongs in a Prefix, Formal First Name, Preferred First Name, or Suffix field is something that the European Aristocrats project worked out and is published on the Name Fields for European Aristocrats style guide.

It's important for community members to have a way to communicate about these rules, how to apply them, and whether they need to change. Projects are the forum for this.

What is the difference between projects, sub-projects, and free-space projects?

These are levels of formality.

Top-level projects are the most formal. They have all of the following:

  1. Five or more active members.
  2. A project page with a mission statement and other standard sections.
  3. A feature week when their Example Profile is highlighted on the main WikiTree home page, in the Connection Finder, and on WikiTree's social media channels. The profile is also included in the Example gallery.
  4. A unique tag in G2G that members follow.
  5. A unique badge that members wear.
  6. At least two WikiTree Leaders involved. This is necessary because only members with the Leader status can edit project pages, assign project badges, and project-protect profiles.

Projects vs. sub-projects

Projects and sub-projects may be very similar. A sub-project may have the elements listed above for projects but they're not required. This makes them less formal and easier to start. See Sub-Projects.

One clear difference is badges. Sub-projects use the badge of a higher-level project. (The total number of badges that we can have on WikiTree is limited. We may have thousands of projects but we can't have thousands of badges. This is part of why some projects need to be sub-projects of others.)

Sub-projects vs. free-space projects

Free-space projects can also have most of the elements of a project and can be nearly indistinguishable from sub-projects, but they may also be very different. They are whatever you want them to be. See Free-Space Projects.

Like sub-projects, they may use the badge of a top-level project.

One clear difference between sub-projects and free-space projects is the page for the project community. Sub-projects use a project page (the page names start with Project:) while free-space projects, of course, use free-space profiles (the page names start with Space:).

Are profiles owned by the projects that cover them?

We never refer to profiles being owned on WikiTree. All profiles are part of the same tree and governed by the rules and policies of the community.

It's understandable why management of a profile can sometimes look like ownership. Private profiles of modern people can be controlled very tightly by family members. That makes it look like the Profile Managers own them. On the other end of the spectrum, profiles of widely-shared ancestors and historically-significant people need to strictly adhere to agreed-upon styles and standards. Since projects are the forums where style rules are developed, discussed, and applied, this can look like ownership by the members who participate in the project.

Do you have to participate in a project to work on certain profiles?

Yes. If a profile is covered by a project you are expected to participate in the project in order to do significant editing on it. This is a strict rule with all profiles of people born before 1700.

Don't let this scare you. :-) This is just another way of saying that you need to communicate and coordinate what you're doing with the other members who are working on the same profile or profiles related to it. Collaborating on profiles is point I of our Honor Code. Projects are how we collaborate on widely-shared ancestors and historically-significant people.

You don't need to be a formal member of the project or wear the project badge on your profile. Just introduce yourself to the project leader so they know what you're working on (Volunteer Coordinators can help with this), and use the project tag for discussing issues.

Participation in the project can be as simple as this: Post in G2G before editing the profile using the project tag. Introduce yourself and what you're doing.

Can profiles be covered by multiple projects?

Technically, yes. The profiles covered by projects inevitably overlap. However, one project should have primary responsibility. This is important so that members know who to contact and what tag to use in G2G.

Other questions

Have more questions? Please ask them one at a time in G2G.

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