The goal of Geni has always been to create a shared family tree, so our users around the world can meet new cousins and discover how they relate to historical figures as well as well-known contemporary public figures. Geni designated a group of experienced users as Curators to help achieve this goal. Similar to Wikipedia administrators, Curators are users who are active and well regarded by the community. Curators are volunteers and are not Geni staff. They are users like you, and most have been actively working on the collaborative project of creating a shared historical family tree.
Curators have the following privileges:
Designate Master Profiles and, optionally, lock them down so that only Curators can edit and merge them.
Add curator notes to profiles to help prevent bad merges and edits.
View and edit any profile including Private Profiles when requested by a user.
Merge any tree unless the tree has never been merged before.
Convert historical living profiles to deceased.
Convert deceased famous and historical profiles to public (if they don't have any close relatives on Geni)
Only users with a good track record over an extended period of time have been granted these privileges and, of course, they can be revoked at any time if necessary. Each of these privileges also contains safeguards to make sure that they are not used irresponsibly, even by accident. As expected, Curators have already had a significant impact on the quality of the data on Geni.