Thank you all for taking the time to note these profiles here.
We just released a feature on the profile page to enable users the ability to report all fake profiles. To do so use the "More Actions" dropdown.
This will make it easier for us to locate those in question and streamline this process.
Once you have reported a profile, please remove that profile from this project.
Thanks again. :)
Private User instead of removing the profile from the project, let's focus on removing their name from the "About" section of the project itself. Sorry about the confusion.
Tore Fuglestad "abandoned tree" is used when tree starter has left the site and had one or more claimed users in that tree at the time they closed their account (who have also since closed their account).
If there are trees floating out there from a few years ago which are floating around unconnected and manager-less we will remove those. If they are already connected to the big tree, we will address those on a case-by-case basis.
I have some areas where I would like to complete merges but am not allowed because managers fail to collaborate or even reply. In my opinion it makes no sense to be part of the big tree and refuse to collaborate..
But I guess the "abandoned tree" feature was not what I was looking for then.
I just tried to report a fake profile from the profile page, and I got a message that "this profile was already reported".
That seems rather generic...could Geni provide more info on that message...a date it was reported before, how many times it has been reported, what the status of research is, if it is NOT a fake profile and Geni is leaving it in place, etc?
Anita - and anyone else interested - I raised some issues re reporting of profiles at http://help.geni.com/entries/507614-reporting-of-profiles on 26 March.
Some of the things that Anita brings up are good ideas but would have to be developed. Currently we are behind on reported objects. We have been able to catch up on Abandoned tree reports and spam reports. The next two we are fake profiles and reported deceased. We should be able to catch up with them within the next 2 weeks.
Ruth M Walls Nederlk,
if you find a profile that is ACTIVE on Geni, but who's near relatives where born over 100 years ago (or more than 5-6 generations from the present), then they are most likely "fake". Fake in the sense that the person making use of this profile is not the actual person the profile is for.
Another type of fake profile, is for "people" known to be fictional, i.e. from a book or something.