Dear Ancestry Insider,
This is something FamilySearch needs to CHANGE: REQUIRE an active email address for the privilege of having a FamilySearch account!
How can I ,"collaborate on ancestors" with someone I can't contact through an active email address who makes inaccurate changes to our shared family tree? I have 30 + years of research with documents, records and sources to conclusions. Yet, in a matter of minutes the family tree can be mutilated by an unknown unaccountable person with bad data or no data. How can any well sourced tree be preserved for generations?
Why doesn't FamilySearch require all who use Family Tree have an active email address?
An email address is required for a FamilySearch account. But the user doesn’t have to make it public. I seem to recall Ron Tanner publicly saying that he would like to get an anonymous messaging system added to FamilySearch.org. One could send a message to another user, regardless of whether or not they’ve made an email address public.
I like the basis of your comment. FamilySearch should make it so that only users with a publicly visible email address would be able to make changes to Family Tree.
Until one of these solutions is incorporated, when I need to communicate with an anonymous user, I’ve created both Notes and Discussions. Don’t tell Ron Tanner, but I’ve been known to add a name suffix such as “STOP CHANGING THIS, YOU KNUCKLE HEAD!” (Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating a teeny, tiny amount.)
---The Ancestry Insider