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:Two of you will be relieved to hear that I have no plans to add [[SSN]]s. Adding the facts derivable from looking at one is another matter; and we can quote the source as [[SSDI]] without quoting the number. [[User:Robin Patterson|Robin Patterson]]
 
:Two of you will be relieved to hear that I have no plans to add [[SSN]]s. Adding the facts derivable from looking at one is another matter; and we can quote the source as [[SSDI]] without quoting the number. [[User:Robin Patterson|Robin Patterson]]
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:: Hi there! Newbie here... Urm, my sister and I are seperated by a very large ocean (I'm in Japan, she's in the States), but we do research together on the family. Sometimes in different locations of the web (Or physical locations), rarely in contact with each other directly. We are astonished and excited to see a Geneology Wiki, and we are going to (Slowly) convert our research to this site (It's so much easier)... To my point: we both could benefit from having SS#'s available... we often are looking up military records, or need to cross-check a persons' identity. We have used the SS#'s extensively. Would it be okay if I put the SS#'s on my entries? We don't put them on living persons (Which I just found out is sorta a no-no... after spending all night making a living persons' record... I'll see what to do about that...) [[User:Aabh|Aabh]] 14:15, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

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I'm really uncomfortable seeing Social Security Numbers on the site. I'm sure a lot of other people will be uncomfortable with it as well. Anyone have thoughts on this? Chadlupkes 19:57, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

I am rather neutral on this one for deceased people. The Social Security Death Index is freely available on other websites. --Will 01:16, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
The problem with SS numbers is their potential abuse in identity theft. I'd certainly not put down the SS number of someone living. But then, the admonition on this site is not to include information about living persons. I personally don't put down SS numbers for anyone, dead or alive. Practically speaking, I don't think it serves any useful purpose, other than accessing the SSDI. But then, you probably get the number in the first place because you've accessed the SSDI, so what's the point of putting it down? You've already gotten the data you need. Bill 13:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
The question I see is not "are SSNs available on other websites" or even "is the person living or dead". My concern is with Chad's third word, his comfort level. If he, if he, if a user as experienced and knowledgeable as Chad is (I'm sure he knows SSNs are available on other websites and I'm sure he knows only the SSNs are listed for dead people), if with all his knowledge Chad is still uncomfortable seeing SSNs, then how much more uncomfortable must a newbie feel seeing SSNs on this website. I think we must strive in all our endeavours to lower the bar of accessibility and encourage participation as much as possible. If seeing a Social Security Number dissuades even one user's input, we do ourselves a disservice.
In brief, it's a terrible idea.
Last line inserted to break passionate plea posited in post. Zephyrinus 11:56, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
Two of you will be relieved to hear that I have no plans to add SSNs. Adding the facts derivable from looking at one is another matter; and we can quote the source as SSDI without quoting the number. Robin Patterson
Hi there! Newbie here... Urm, my sister and I are seperated by a very large ocean (I'm in Japan, she's in the States), but we do research together on the family. Sometimes in different locations of the web (Or physical locations), rarely in contact with each other directly. We are astonished and excited to see a Geneology Wiki, and we are going to (Slowly) convert our research to this site (It's so much easier)... To my point: we both could benefit from having SS#'s available... we often are looking up military records, or need to cross-check a persons' identity. We have used the SS#'s extensively. Would it be okay if I put the SS#'s on my entries? We don't put them on living persons (Which I just found out is sorta a no-no... after spending all night making a living persons' record... I'll see what to do about that...) Aabh 14:15, 30 May 2007 (UTC)