I'm sure geni.com could generate a list by running queries into their own database of "last log in's" that would return all people that did not log in since a certain time period. So before manually generating a list that would only be incomplete (compared to a code generated list) I think it might be of greater benefit to discus here what we would like geni.com, it's userbase, or curators to actually do with the list.
Here's a proposal for profiles abandoned by users:
Abandoned Profiles made Public Rule after 1 year:
Profiles that have a Birth_Year older than 110 years from the current date AND are "Private" AND who have a single manager AND manager last login > 360 days would have the "historic profile" they manage automatically marked "Public". (Public profiles are viewable but still not editable by others)
Abandoned Profiles made Editable Rule after 2 years:
Profiles that match ALL of the above criteria but who's single manager who's last login > 720 days, would have the profile they manage, added to a geni.com manager. These "abandoned profiles" would then be both viewable and editable by all users. (Profiles abandoned for 2 years, where the presumption that the profile is of a deceased individual, would be both "Public" and editable.
Clearly the above would be departure from current policy and both the details of such a proposed change and its implementation would have to be vetted by the usergroup and geni.com to come up with a balance between individual user control and changes to enhance the user base collaboration.
I should add that as a courtesy to the userbase that geni.com should attempt to contact the inactive profile managers via email 30 days before the historic (deceased) profiles that they manage are about to be made "Public" (viewable). The email would explain the collaborative nature of the web site, inform the user that they manage profiles of deceased person's who are most likely related (and of interest) to other geni.com users, and that the profiles of these deceased person's (from the 1800's and older) will be changed from private to public.
If they user cares enough to login to the site then the counter is reset for another year and the "abandoned" profile(s) is not auto made public.
But...If they don't login then the presumption is that the manager is either deceased, changed their email address, or by lack of activity forfeits the rights to keep a profile that they previously managed of the deceased "historic" ancestor private.
Here are a few questions and problems that I foresee with how to handle "abandoned profiles". Clearly identifying these obstacles and some proposed solutions and policies would help. If you have any suggestions please add to this discussion:
Q: But some abandoned profiles of people that lived hundred's of years ago don't include a birth date or death date. But clearly looking at the tree of surrounding profiles you can see that they should be deceased..what about making those profiles public and editable?
A: If the profile is married, the child of, or the sibling of other profiles that do have dates that place the (non-dated) profile clearly in the historic part of the tree then they could then be considered "deceased" and made public even without death dates.
Q: Some people live to be over 110 years old. Aren't we going to then accidentally make public some profiles of people still living?
A: Yes but very unlikely. Perhaps then if a 110 year old profile is to be made public geni.com should auto-delete current location, telephone number or other contact info that may be populated in the profile.
Q: Don't I have a right to privacy for any and all profiles that I add to the web site even for profiles that might be of interest to others?
Q: What about if I accidentally add a death date or birthdate to a profile that was wrong and the person isn't really deceased but now their profile is public...Is there a way that the profile can be made private again?
This discussion and my above posts reflect my own thinking and do not necessarily reflect the thinking of geni.com management, programmers or our user curators. I do not know of any discussions to actually implement changes like those that I outline.
Those reading this discussion should not confuse the issues discussed with how geni.com currently handles "abandoned" profiles.
In fact I don't actually know exactly how they currently handle them? :)
Everything discussed here is hypothetical for the moment.
Randy: I should have been clearer about the purpose of this discussion. First every one of the persons listed have not been online for over a year with one exception (11 1/2 months). They are blocking merges in my immediate family (5 generations or less) I asked Geni to release them and nothing has happened. Geni help suggested that I start a discussion. This has nothing to do with historical profiles which I believe should all be public.
We know that Geni could generate a list but why do that. They should just release the profiles so anyone who was interested could pick them up, but not control them. Access to all who need access. Then you would you would be able to work toward the single tree.
I do not agree with the two year idea. If a person has not been online for a year, it seems to me that that person is not interested in their tree. You can find many cases where a person joined Geni, uploaded or entered data and never came online again
Hello, Eldon, Randy, Deanna, and Gloria
I thought I would add my two cents worth as a curator. This is a topic that the curator community has discussed on several occasions, with members of Geni staff participating. We have not been given a definitive answer yet but we know that they are working on it.
Randy, I have very little skill at writing rules or programs, so I am not qualified to say if your suggestion would work. Have you contacted anyone on staff to see if it is possible? Sometimes they are slow at responding but they do respond. Save your help ticket number and if you haven't gotten a response in a couple of weeks, send them a reminder, referencing the ticket number.
Deanna, I must second Eldon's statement about never deleting anyone from the tree, for exactly the same reason that Eldon gave.
Gloria, many of these people are simply not reachable. Often they changed email addresses and did not update their Geni profiles. Therefore, they are not receiving any updates from or about Geni.
Eldon, one of the profiles you listed at the beginning of this post, "Nacho Mama," may be a fake profile. There is a project for fake profiles. One Geni staff member monitors that project and tries to resolve fake profiles. Would you mind adding Mama to this project? http://www.geni.com/projects/Fake-or-Pretend-Profiles-on-geni-com
Thank you all for your participation in Geni and for your wish to have accurate trees with profiles usable by all.
Maria Edmonds-Zediker, curator
Eldon and Maria, - what is the arguments for classifying NachoMama as a fake account? - she just have some funny Display Name and I doubt that her 33 profiles causes any problem for anyone. It is just an abandoned account, and the revision log shows that someone have edit access to the profile, so I would leave it out..
Phyllis D Chambers (Daigle)
Not Online since Feb 11, 2010.
Several Managment requests pending, never responded to on my Daigle line. (She has a fairly large profile base for this family of which I am tied to through my father's mother and have a vested interest in)
Have been able to mark several "zombies" as deceased but there is much to be edited on several of these that I may be able to manage or assist with if she is absent or no longer participating in Geni.
David, I don't know if Geni is following this or not. There does not seem to be any great rush for Geni to resolve the problem It doesn't seem like there has been any activity on my original help request that prompted this discussion. Lets try this Noah Tutak.
Interesting about Constance Higgins Smith. Some kind of game playing?
Is there a provision for re-entry to Geni for people who may have forgotten their password?? It may sound like a stupid question but thought I'd ask.
Also, I thought that anything after 4 generations was public, yet I find shadow (or blocked files) way further back than that...is that because of GEDCOM files being downloaded (I know next to nothing about the process...so excuse my question if it is nerdy)....shouldn't anything 1800 and back be OPEn to the public??
Oh..not to forget Pablo Herman...missing in action
Yes there is. If someone can not log in they merely have to send an email to email@example.com and explain the situation.
Family-Group extends to your 4th Great-Grandparents (and their descendants out to 4th cousins). That is SEVEN generations.
If you find profiles further back than that, please post a comment here, with a link to it: http://www.geni.com/discussions/6000000008897331095 and a Curator will try and make it public. This is NOT always possible, as there are people who "claim" historical profiles. Of course we try and handle those as well...
You're encountering "zombies" -- they are errors in GEDCOM uploads where there was no birth or death dates, thus set to "living" even though they are clearly unlikely to be (i.e., the 17th century).
Click on a link of a nearby public profile so we're oriented, post to the "zombies, please" discussion, and a curator will try to put them to rest ("make them public and deceased).