WeRelate:Person & Family page patrol

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About the Person & Family Page Patrol

Members of the Person and Family Page Patrol are responsible for reviewing Person and Family pages, primarily new pages. They help new users understand WeRelate's standards so they can have a more enjoyable experience and they patrol for spam or inappropriate use of the site.

Overview Committee Liaison

Currently no volunteer is available as a liaison between this group and the Overview Committee. There may be times that additional help is needed for this group to operate smoothly. Some examples include: a need for additional volunteers, questions about tasks, requests for assistance with conflict resolution, requests for policy changes, etc. If you would like help, please feel free to contact me either via no volunteer my talk page or no volunteer via email

Current Person and Family Page Patrol Members

Last updated Dec 2016.

We are in need of volunteers! If you would like to participate in this committee, please leave a message on the talk page. Thank you!

Getting Started

This page belongs to the Person and Family Page Patrol. Please feel free to edit the instructions as you see fit.

Before you start, you may want to make sure your preferences are set to your local time. For instructions on how to monitor pages see Monitoring recent changes. In the case of spam or inappropriate use of WeRelate see Help:In case of vandalism or spam. When you see a page that could be easily improved, see WeRelate:Mentoring for tips on interacting with new users.


  • Monitor edits from new users or those who use the site rarely. Many edits to Person and Family pages are from experienced WeRelate users and it is not necessary to mark each of their edits as patrolled. Spot-check edits from experienced users every once in a while.
  • When you notice a page that could better follow WeRelate's “standard” guidelines:
  1. Edit the page so that it conforms to the standard guidelines.
  2. If the user continues to make the same mistakes, leave a message on their talk page to help them understand the guidelines better. Make sure the message is given in a gentle and friendly way. For most users, a Wiki is a new concept and the learning curve can be high. We want everyone to feel like they're a member of the community and they are encouraged to use the site even if it takes a while to get the hang of it.
  3. If a “standard” guideline needs to be changed, please bring it up with the appropriate committee or the Overview committee.
  • Examples of fixes for pages (please include an edit summary when you save the page):
    • Date formatting (6 Aug 1845 rather than August 6 1845)
    • Fixing red-linked places
    • Moving suffixes such as Jr., Sr., III to the Name suffix field. Rename Person/Family pages as necessary to remove these suffixes from the page title.
  • Sometimes, new users will create Person pages, but will not connect them to a family page. This leaves "orphan" pages that are not connected to either a spouse or parent family. It would be helpful to leave a message on the user's talk page asking if they would like assistance connecting the pages to the appropriate Family page.
  • Occasionally, new users will create a Family page with a more recent marriage date, but will not create the Person pages. This is because, currently, the Person page checks for the possibility of a living person, but the system does not check for this in Family pages. These Family pages should be marked for Speedy Delete if the people may still be living.
  • If a user is experiencing difficulty, consider leaving a message on their talk page letting them know that Mentors are available to help. Ask them to leave a message on the Mentoring talk page if they would like individualized assistance.

Living people

Pages for living people are not permitted on WeRelate. The only exception is for notable people that have a Wikipedia page.

  • If a user creates a page for a living person, mark the page for Speedy Delete and leave a message on the user's talk page informing them of WeRelate's policy and asking them to delete the page.
  • Sometimes, a user will enter a death date and name on a page that has "Living" in the title, but will forget to rename the page. Since there is evidence the person is no longer living, the Person and/or Family pages can renamed to include the person's first and last name.
  • If a user objects to the inclusion of information about people who are still living, the information and/or pages will be deleted
  • On pages for People/Families who are deceased, information about still living people that is publicly available (ie, 1940 census data) - can be included on the pages

Rename log

Monitor the Rename log for obvious renaming errors of Person and Family pages. Some examples include: renaming a page to include middle names, Jr., or Sr., new users renaming a Person page but forgetting to rename the Family page.

The Rename log can be viewed by going to Admin>Logs>choose Rename from the dropdown box>press the Go button.

Helpful pages

  • You may find the following pages helpful.
Template:Naming pages explains page title conventions. Many new users try to include all the names in a page title. If there are name prefixes such as Miss, Mrs., Mr., or Dr. in the Given name field, please move these to the Title prefix field. If there are name suffixes such as Jr. or Sr. please move these to the Title suffix field. Then, rename the page if necessary to conform to the appropriate page titling standards.
Template:Family Page titles explains the difference between person ID numbers and family ID numbers. Sometimes new users will include the person ID numbers for each of the spouses in the family page title, which is unnecessary. If they enter the name of the husband followed by the name of the wife, the system will generate a unique family ID for them automatically.
Help:Style guide