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What is a Project-Protected Profile (PPP)?

WikiTree Leaders can protect a profile if the person is part of a project and the profile meets the requirements.

The mission of WikiTree is to connect the human family on one free tree. Therefore, all the descendants of an ancestor need to share a single ancestor profile.

When you go back more than a few hundred years many of us start to share the same ancestors. Large-scale collaboration can be very difficult.

This is why we created projects and started protecting certain profiles in high-conflict areas.

What is Protected on a PPP?

Merge Protection: The WikiTree ID of a Project-Protected Profile (PPP) is protected. If duplicates of the profile are created they need to be merged into the protected profile, i.e. a PPP cannot be merged-away into another profile.

Parent Protection: The parents of a PPP cannot be edited unless you are the Profile Manager or a Project Coordinator or Project Leader.

GEDCOM Editing: A PPP cannot be edited via GEDCOMpare unless you are the Profile Manager or a Project Coordinator or Project Leader.

Managers of merged-in profiles do not automatically become managers of a PPP.

Management by Project

Project Accounts act as the Profile Managers for protected profiles.

Rather than having hundreds of managers for historically-significant and widely shared ancestors, individual members participate through the Project Account. The project as a whole works out controversial issues.

Some examples of projects:

Projects are open to anyone who wants to collaborate on these profiles, and we encourage you to join.

What if Your Ancestor is Protected?

This is a good thing! It means your ancestor's profile is cared-for by experienced WikiTreers.

If your ancestor's profile is project-protected, you might not be a Profile Manager but you can participate in decisions regarding your ancestor by joining the project managing the profile.

Keep in mind that you don't need to manage all your ancestors. You may not even want to be on the Trusted List for all your ancestors. You should be on the Trusted List for all close family members. You're likely to have information you want to add to their profiles, and when someone else adds or changes something you want to hear about it in your Family Activity Feed. However, you might not want to monitor all the changes to the profile of Charlemagne, for example, even if he's an ancestor of yours. Those changes would crowd your Activity Feed so it's harder to watch the profiles you care most about.

How to Protect a Profile

Only a Project Leader can protect a profile. Contact the appropriate project for help.

Leaders, see Project Protecting and Merging.

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