People (genealogists, researchers, etc.) complain all the time about the contents of these trees, and these are their complaints:
- Unsourced entries
- People copy entire poorly sourced trees and call them their own
- People upload their photos and then others copy them and often change the names with no attribution to the original photo provider
- "Unqualified" people have access and upload junk.
Well, none of that bothers me - and never has.
Why is that?
It's simple - this is the Internet world where everything is typically an unlocked door and anybody can pretty much post, steal, copy, or plagiarize anything they want. Doesn't make it right - but it is true.
And special rules or semi-locked doors, while admirable in their intent - do not stop junk trees from being uploaded.
Fred Sanford made a business out of junk (as did a couple of my ancestors, by the way). I just see some of the relevant so called "junk" info as merely a clue. Maybe a clue to help me find someone. My experience has been that I have found "cousins" or they found me; we have collaborated at times and my research has been augmented as a result. I don't upload photos to these trees because I find that to be "extra" work.
So if you wish to expend energy complaining - go for it. I will spend my time researching to see if some of these clues can be substantiated.
And I will look at these trees as merely "Clues Trees."