Ancestor Marked as Confidnetial
One of my ancestors on my family tree was marked as confidential for no apparent reason other than he was born in Syria. How am I supposed to find more information on him when all the records are censored? It isn't inappropriate or anything. It just adds another barrier.
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Yes, that is indeed the problem. For some reason FamilySearch has tried, but never properly made to sound convincing, this seems to relate to the safety of individuals who live in the middle east. (It applies to other countries in the region, too.)
I believe if you remove the "Syria" reference from his Vitals section the problem might be resolved, but this is an issue that needs to be better addressed, rather than alarm bells ringing every time an input is made including one of the countries in this area.
If there is a sound argument for making these (often long-deceased) individuals become "confidential", many of us would like to hear and be convinced of it.1
Unfortunately, the "confidentiality bot" doesn't seem to apply in reverse: removing the offending placename is unlikely to undo the status change.
I think you have two options: try to get the attention of a mod to get your question/request to the people who can make the profile public again, or delete/abandon the confidential profile in favor of a new profile in which you confine all references to the Middle East to reason statements and other such places where the bot doesn't look.0
Hopefully the bot will be programmed in such a way that it starts marking people from places like Cairo, Illinois or Damascus, Maryland or other similar ones confidential at some point. Then it might annoy enough people to actually result in getting rid of the worthless thing.2