Almost everything on WikiTree is done by volunteers. Some volunteers become very active in the community and committed to its mission. They start and lead projects, take responsibility, and help others. From among these natural leaders, a very small group has been given the official status of "WikiTree Leader." These Leaders have special powers and ongoing responsibilities.
- Add and remove project badges for members.
- Add and remove Project-Protected Profile (PPP) status.
- Adopt Open profiles that are duplicates of PPPs or should be project-protected.
- Deliberate on certification requests for pre-1500 profiles and projects.
- Create and edit Templates.
Help resolve problems
Leaders head-off problems and help resolve community conflicts. They have the power to:
- Moderate the G2G forum.
- Block vandals and spammers.
- Refer members for special assistance.
- Mediate conflicts.
Shape the future of WikiTree
Leaders help shape the future of WikiTree. Leaders are the primary voice of the community in the development of policies, style rules, and technical changes. Although most changes are proposed, discussed, and decided publicly in G2G, Leaders often hear about ideas before they are ready to be proposed, or generate the ideas themselves. They may also be involved in testing and experimentation.
Leaders have ongoing responsibilities that go along with their powers.
Leaders need to maintain their understanding of how WikiTree works. If they don't understand or agree with something, they need to communicate about it. Ultimately, if they can't understand or agree with significant policies they cannot remain as a Leader.
Most importantly, Leaders must always be outstanding practitioners of the Honor Code including point III (assuming that mistakes are unintentional) and point IV (being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly). Leaders must show respect for all members of the WikiTree community at all times, despite how hard this can be.
If you see a Leader violating the Honor Code please contact Abby, the Leader Liaison. Specify the Honor Code point, explain why you think the Leader is violating it, and link to any relevant G2G discussions.
If you are a Leader and aren't sure you want these responsibilities, perhaps just temporarily, see Leader Emeritus. Being a Leader isn't a lifelong commitment! :-)
WikiTree has thousands of outstanding contributors, but only a few hundred Leaders. In fact, we have a 1,000 to 1 limitation. There can only be one Leader for every 1,000 registered members.
When there is space, new Leaders are nominated from among the "Super Stars" of our community. Super Stars are given by current Leaders when they notice someone going way beyond their own family and spending a significant amount of time helping others and generously growing our shared tree.
A Super Star is only the first requirement. To become a Leader, a member must already be showing leadership in one or more projects, and they are usually already showing a commitment to the community by serving as a Ranger or Mentor.
The most important requirement is what was discussed above as the most important ongoing responsibility of Leaders: to be an outstanding practitioner of the Honor Code.
Points III and VI are an especially high bar. It is unusual for a member to be so patient that they can always rise above the frustrations of collaboration and consistently be the bigger person in misunderstandings.
So that we can confirm that a nominee has this high level of patience and compassion, they must have a long history of participation and communication in the community. This usually includes a large number of G2G posts that can be reviewed during the nomination process.
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