Disproven Existence WikiTree

Disproven Existence WikiTree

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Categories: Project Accounts | Fictitious and Legendary Genealogy | Disproven Existence.


Disproven Existence Project as Profile Manager

Non-Person Profile: This profile is an exception to the rule that profiles must represent real, individual human beings.

This is the profile ("project account") for the Disproven Existence Project. Its main purpose is to help curate profiles representing people that research has shown never existed but which persist across the internet.

The project account should be added to either the trusted list or as a profile manager to any profile in Category:Disproven Existence, which is added when the research notes box {{Disproven Existence}} or the project box {{Disproven Existence Project}} is added to the profile. (The project recommends one or the other, not both. If the project is a manager, the project box must be added - see this G2G post. If another project is manager, then WikiTree-52 should be added to the trusted list only.)

See the project page for criteria and steps for adding a profile to Category:Disproven Existence (by either {{Disproven Existence}} or {{Disproven Existence Project}}).

To add the project to the trusted list, go to the Privacy tab and add


in the box under the trusted list (copy/paste & replace [at] with @ before clicking "Add this Person") - then click [Add as Manager] to the right of the entry for it to add the project as a manager.

Management by Project

Project accounts, using Watchlists and Google Groups, can be used to have a project manage profiles.


To see profiles managed by WikiTree-52, click here.

Google Group

Project members should join the Google Group - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/wikitree-disproven-existence - which will receive daily and weekly e-mails of activity in followed tags and watchlist profiles (although members can choose to not receive Google Group e-mails, that sort of defeats the design of management by project).
Comments posted to this page are sent to the Google Group as an e-mail, and private messages sent to WikiTree-52 also go to the Google Group.
The Google Group is a closed forum, including members only. If you are interested in joining the project, please let us know by posting a comment to this page. G2G is the public forum. Please include the disproven_existence on posts there.

Management by Disproven Existence Project

A project account tied to a Google Group that project members join, and receive e-mails from, allows for effective "management by project." For the Disproven Existence Project, that could include
The crucial role of the Disproven Existence Project and its members is to ensure the integrity of those profiles placed in the project's care. To ensure that a profile does not re-assume a mask of respectability and a place in a valid tree once the profile - or an entire family of profiles - has worked through the process and been tagged
Research has shown that this person never existed. See the text for details.
At that point, the role of the project becomes that of a caretaker, to include
  • providing project protection for these profiles;
  • seeking and merging duplicate profiles, while ensuring that no information or "relatives" previously removed from the profile reappears; and
  • monitoring changes to ensure the profiles retain the information supporting their status as {{Disproven Existence}}.
And in the event of newly discovered evidence that may lead to a reversal of the "Disproven" status, the Disproven Existence Project & its members could facilitate discussion in G2G and relevant WikiTree projects.

WikiTree-52 log:

  • 22 November 2017, 12:30 ET: Liz Shifflett logged in as WikiTree-52 to add tags to WikiTree-52. Logged out 12:45 ET.
  • 14 September 2017, 1700 ET: Liz Shifflett logged in as WikiTree-52 (see contributions). Logged out 1902, 14 September 2017.
  • 23 September 2017, 1545 ET: Liz Shifflett logged in as WikiTree-52 to remove PPP tag and edit Knowlton-84. Logged out 1635 ET, 23 September 2017.
    • took the pre-1700 self-cert. test in order to work with Knowlton family profiles.
  • 24 September 2017, 1400 ET: Liz Shifflett logged in as WikiTree-52 to send a private message to the profile manager of Richards-3753. Logged out 1415 ET, 24 September 2017.

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Only the Trusted List can access the following:
  • Disproven Existence's formal name
  • e-mail address
  • images (2)
For access to Disproven Existence WikiTree's full information you must be on Disproven Existence's Trusted List. Please login. See the Contact section of the Tree & Tools page.

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Disproven Existence is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
my own tag
tag used prior to the "Disproven Existence" name being chosen for the project.
closely related
closely related

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