Why are so many persons marked as Read-Only in Family Tree?
I certainly understand that there are good reasons to mark certain persons in Family Tree as read-only because of their prominence. It appears that many prominent leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in this category, and I don't have a problem with that.
However, in many cases, every child of these prominent people is also marked as read-only. That seems completely unnecessary. It creates all sorts of problems.
Here's an example: George Franklin Richards KWCQ-JVF was an Apostle of the Church, so his record is read-only. Fine. But every one of his children is also marked as read-only. Except for LeGrand Richards KWC7-BLW (who was also an Apostle), these children have no particular prominence that justifies them being marked read-only. This makes any updates to these children very awkward, since it has to go through a specialty team. This also means that no grandchild of George Franklin Richards can have duplicates merged in the normal way.
If FamilySearch would take a more reasonable approach to who gets marked as read-only, the families of these descendants of prominent people would be able to update the profiles of their ancestors. Much simple maintenance for these people goes undone because it's just too hard to make changes. And if fewer people were marked read-only, the limited time of the specialty teams could be focused on the people in the Tree that truly need their attention. That would improve the quality of Family Tree. Can these children have the read-only designation removed?