Categories: WikiTree Help | Privacy Help
WikiTree's privacy system is based on what we call "Trusted Lists". A Trusted List is like a Friends List for a profile.
How Do Trusted Lists Work?
Every profile has its own independently-managed Trusted List. If you're on the Trusted List for one person profile, it doesn't mean you're on the Trusted Lists for that person's relatives. The circle of trusted family members around every person is unique.
If you're on a Trusted List you have full viewing and editing rights on the profile. What users outside the Trusted List can see and do depends on the Privacy Level.
Trusted Lists for profiles instead of family trees might sound complicated, but it's what makes it possible for us all to collaborate on one shared tree without sacrificing privacy.
How Do Watchlists Relate to Trusted Lists?
All the profiles on which you are on the Trusted List comprise your Watchlist. Here is yours.
Adding and Removing from Trusted Lists
Trusted Lists are managed by the members already on the Trusted List, led by the Profile Manager.
To view or modify a profile's Trusted List, click the Privacy tab on the profile.
You can request to be added to a Trusted List by clicking the request link on the profile. The Profile Manager will be emailed. If they approve you they will be given the opportunity to add you to more Trusted Lists at the same time.
There's a handy bulk Trusted List changes tool for adding or removing yourself or others from multiple Trusted Lists at the same time.
Trusted Lists are about Privacy, not Control
It's important to keep in mind that Trusted Lists are a tool for privacy. They enable you to protect sensitive information about living people and our recently-deceased relatives.
They're not meant for excluding descendants who disagree on the facts. All descendants share the same ancestor profiles. Collaboration is what WikiTree is all about. See our Honor Code.
Profile Managers need to seek consensus, even when it's very difficult. See Ownership and Control for more information.
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