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Projects use Project Boxes to identify themselves on profiles they manage. This makes collaborating with projects easier.

One of the features of the Project Box is a "Needs" parameter. Including a "Needs" parameter with a Project Box automatically places the profile in a specific maintenance category depending on what need is identified, giving project members a simple way to build a To Do list for the project.


Category names exactly correlate with the parameter/modifier. For example {{Quakers|needs=GEDCOM Cleanup}} will put profiles in [[Category:Quakers Project Needs GEDCOM Cleanup]].

This is all new. The following is very rough. Leaders, please give your input on which modifiers/categories to use. We want to develop standard usages on these so that they are easy to implement and follow, as well as easy to validate for errors on WikiTree+. -- Whitten-1 13:10, 26 January 2017 (EST)


There are sources, but the profile needs at least a basic biographical narrative.

Replaces Category:Needs Narrative/Bio


For profiles that need sources or proof for their Birth (to determine LNAB/Parents) or existence
this can be a Birth or Baptism record or a different source that proves it was or wasn't a real person, so it might also be evidence that shows a person very likely did not excist.

|needs=Birth Record

The profile needs a birth or baptismal record.

|needs=Brickwall Demolition

Will projects use this?

Corresponds to Category:New Jersey Family Brick Walls


The family is not connected to the global tree.

This should be used very sparingly, if at all. We have the automatically updated Special:Unconnected. That is, profiles are automatically added and removed from this list as appropriate.

Is there a way that to link this to the project members' maintenance category? Quackenbush-118 17:42, 26 January 2017 (EST)
AleŇ° may be able to do this through WikiTree Plus. In the meantime, I wouldn't recommend placing this on too many profiles since they'll need to be manually monitored. Perhaps just the most important profiles to a project. Whitten-1 13:13, 30 January 2017 (EST)


This can be used in a general way when a biography needs basic line editing (for formatting, grammar, style, spelling, etc.)

It is better to use a more specific needs modifier such as:

  • |needs=Free-Space Profile
  • |needs=Merge Cleanup


There are sources and there's a biography, but the facts in the biography need footnotes.

Replaces Category:Profiles Lacking Inline Citations.

Replaces Template:More footnotes and partially replaces Template:Citation needed (which is a problematic template).

|needs=Free-Space Profile

The biography contains information that should be put on a new free-space profile page and linked to.

This replaces Category:New Netherland Needs Free Space and some usages of the old {{Long Profile}} template. (|needs=Merge Cleanup replaces the most common other usage of that template.)

|needs=GEDCOM Cleanup

GEDCOM junk in the biography needs to be cleaned-up. See GEDCOM-created biographies for how to do it.

This replaces Category:Gedcom cleanup required.


toe the PPP above New request by Van Heerden-335 14:24, 26 January 2017 (EST)

NNS is using this now; see Category:New Netherland Settlers Project Needs LNAB - Quackenbush-118 02:55, 9 March 2017 (EST)

|needs=Merge Cleanup

For when a profile has been merged at least once and the text sections need to be integrated and cut down. This can be fairly easy but monotonous work. If it goes beyond simple editing, the profile could be moved to something like |needs=Biography or |needs=Research.

This replaces most usages of Category:Long Profiles in Need of Cleanup and the old Template:LongProfiles. (Another usage of that template is replaced by |needs=Free-Space Profile.)

|needs=Merge Compare

Need a description for this. How is it different from |needs=Merge Conflict Resolution and |needs=Merging? Can some of these be consolidated?

Corresponds to the old Category:New Netherland Merge Compare ("the profile is need of study prior to merging")

|needs=Merge Conflict Resolution

Need a description for this. How is it different from |needs=Merge Compare and Need=Merging? Can some of these be consolidated?

Corresponds to <Category:New Netherland Merge Conflict> Category now retired and deleted (this category has a pipe added to it for the reason, so that those editing can see it ie. |Parents)

NNS is using this now; see Category:New Netherland Settlers Project Needs Merge Conflict Resolution. This won't be a large category so it'll be easy to change if it is determined to be too long of a modifier. - Quackenbush-118 02:57, 9 March 2017 (EST)


This replaces Category:Needs Merging which has been described as "Profiles that have family members (siblings, children) that need merges."

Name might not be specific enough. Change to |needs=Family Merges?

Maybe broader? |needs=Attached Profiles Reviewed or |needs=Review of Attached Profiles - Noland-165 14:05, 26 January 2017 (EST)


Text in the biography appears to have been copied from somewhere else. Legally, only about two sentences can be copied if the text is copyrighted. Therefore, the copied text needs to be cut down or paraphrased.

NNS is using this now; see Category: New Netherland Settlers Project Needs Paraphrasing Trtnik-2 07:28, 13 February 2018 (EST)


Profile needs evaluation by a Leader for inclusion in a project. A Leader needs to decide if it meets the requirements for project-protection. Leaders, see Project protecting and merging for the requirements.

Replaces Category:New Netherland Needs Project Profile and ...

NNS is using this now; see Category:New Netherland Settlers Project Needs PPP - Quackenbush-118 02:56, 9 March 2017 (EST)

|needs=Profiles Created

Sources have been added to a profile which provide enough detail to create profiles for other persons. The member adding the sources has chosen, for whatever reason, not to create the other profiles.


Corresponds to Category:New Netherland Needs Records (the category has been retired for being way too general) - Quackenbush-118 16:50, 16 March 2017 (EDT)

This has to be more specific than "Needs Citations" because the records are needed to determine the LNAB prior to merging. Quackenbush-118 17:33, 26 January 2017 (EST)
What if this were Needs Church Records instead? - Quackenbush-118 05:53, 12 March 2017 (EDT)
What about Needs Vital Records? People are getting confused by NNS using "LNAB" when the profile isn't an Unknown. - Quackenbush-118 08:25, 21 March 2017 (EDT)


Too general?

I know PGM would use it a lot. There are many profiles that need further research to help with overall improvement on the profile.Brown-8212 12:10, 24 March 2017 (EDT)

|needs=Serious Help


What to replace Category:Serious Data Problems? Do we need an emergency clean-up item instead? Or maybe this should be a Research Note Box?

|needs=Style Review

The profile needs to be reviewed by someone who is knowledgeable about the current WikiTree style.

Partially replaces Category:Profile style review requested.

Research Note Boxes Instead

Do not use a |needs= modifier on Project Box for the following. Use the appropriate Research Note Box instead.

The decision of whether to use a Project Box needs modifier vs. a Research Note Box is essentially whether the thing it describes meets the requirement for Research Note Boxes that it be "so important that anyone who sees the profile should see the research note, even if the viewing user is not a WikiTree member."

Uncertain Existence

Template:Uncertain Existence replaced {{Questionable}} and categories such as Category:New Netherland Questionable.

Done! See Category:New York Uncertain Existence - Quackenbush-118 13:25, 2 February 2017 (EST)


update - see Template:Conflated Noland-165 10:43, 11 February 2017 (EST)

How to use this? What to call it?

Corresponds to Category:New Netherland Conflation

The profiles in this category represent two people that have been conflated but the key piece to separate them is missing. Quackenbush-118 18:01, 26 January 2017 (EST)
Maybe this merits a Research Note Box instead? Whitten-1 13:52, 30 January 2017 (EST)

Uncertain Family

Corresponds to Category:New Netherland Needs Parents Proven

This is to keep track of profiles that are highly controversial and have multiple potential parents identified. Quackenbush-118 19:30, 26 January 2017 (EST)
Can Template:Uncertain Family be used instead? Whitten-1 14:20, 30 January 2017 (EST)
Done! See Category:New York Uncertain Family - Quackenbush-118 19:28, 2 February 2017 (EST)

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