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Projects and sub-projects fit one of the following three basic types. free-space projects can be anything. Also see Project FAQ.

Topical Projects

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These are the most common type. They are centered around a group of profiles that are connected in a logical or historical way.

Examples include European Aristocrats, Mayflower, etc.

The missions of these projects is unambiguous. They exist to fill out and improve the profiles in their scope.

Almost all topical projects manage profiles. Some of these managed profiles may be protected.

Leaders of topical projects help coordinate the work that's being done on the profiles. They need to help communicate the project mission to members and prospective members. They watch for areas that are under-served, act as a point person for issues related to the profiles, etc.

Functional Projects

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These are special projects centered on important WikiTree activities.

Examples include the Arborists, Greeters, Mentors, G2G Integrators, and Rangers.

The role of Leaders in these projects is very different. Every functional project is unique.

Special Projects and Committees

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Committees are focused on WikiTree systems and policies. They are small groups of highly-experienced members who are especially interested and knowledgeable on a certain topic.

The chair of a committee is often the person who is leading a particularly important and difficult task. Other tasks may be assigned to other committee members, but some committee members may only participate in an "advice and consent" role. The type of decisions being made by committees should not be made alone.

Committees may become dormant at times, but they're left as standing committees so that there is a contact group for related issues that may come up in the future.

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