View Full Version : New Members, Ethnicity & Ancestry

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Some of us having been sending PMs over the last few days, because some new members didn't complete their ethnicity and ancestry fields properly, so we are going to highlight some guidelines for filling in this part of your profile.

New members are asked to fill in their ethnicity field, as required. A valid ethnicity must be entered, or picked from the predefined list.

What do we understand by ethnicity? An ethnic group, a category of people who identify with each other based on similarities such as common ancestry, language, history, society, culture or nation. Some examples of the most common Germanic ethnicities are provided in our drop-down menu ("German", "Danish", "English", "Afrikaner", "Flemish", "Scottish", etc.)

Why do we require it? For two main reasons: the first is that Skadi being a forum community for Germanics, we need to determine whether new registrations fulfil our membership criteria. The second reason is pure statistical purposes. Every now and then we evaluate our statistics to determine which Germanic ethnicities are the most and least represented, what helps us determine our future outreach goals.

For this reason, entries like "-", "none", "other", "will tell later", "guess", not saying yet", etc., are not acceptable, as they say pratically nothing. If your ethnicity reads along the lines of "white", "Aryan", "European", "Hyperborean", etc., it is also not acceptable, as it is too vague and does tell us whether you are Germanic (and how Germanic you are). If you are looking for a "guess ethnicity" or "pass me" type of classification, and do not want to reveal your specific background just yet, or if you prefer to be non-specific for reasons of privacy and anonymity, the most ambiguous entry you may enter in your profile is your meta-ethnicity (e.g. "Germanic", "Slavic", Celtic"). This lets us know whether you fulfil our membership criteria, without being too precise.

To fill in your ethnicity, simply select an option from our predefined list, or, alternatively, fill it in manually where it says "Or enter your choice here".

If you have mixed ancestry, please write it in the order of percentage/dominance. (e.g. if you are more Germanic than you are Celtic, mention the Germanic ethnicity/ies first. Be as unambiguous as possible. If you know percentages, mention them (for example, 1/2 German, 1/4 Dutch and 1/4 Russian, or 75% Germanic, 25% Slavic, if you prefer to be less precise).

A guide for those from the New World

If you are from the New World (i.e. the USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, etc.), resist the temptation to write "Euromutt" or "mixed Euro heritage" under your ethnicity or ancestry. This is, again, too ambiguous, and does not really help us determine whether you are Germanic. If you are, for example, of WASP background, pick "Anglo-American"as your ethnicity; optionally, you can add "English, Scottish, Dutch", etc. in the ancestry field.

We have added the ancestry field for those who wish to expand on their family lineage/descent. This field has been particularlypopular with New Worlders, but Europeans are welcome to use it too.

If you are Germanic American but not WASP, you can either pick "Anglo-American" and use the ancestry field to expand (e.g. "Norway", "Germany", "Sweden"), or you can manually enter your preferred option, highlighting your primary/predominant background - e.g. "German American", "Scandinavian American", "Dutch American", etc. The same goes for the rest of the New World, e.g. ethnicity: "Anglo-Australian", ancestry "75% English, 25% Irish", etc.

Some New Worlders like to be very extensive when it comes to their family tree, and mention most or all of their known backgrounds. This is generally acceptable, as long as it does not create confusion. To illustrate an example, if your ethnicity (or ancestry) field reads something along the lines "German, Russian, French, Polish, Welsh", this may be extensive, but too imprecise for our purposes. It does not, in particular, tell us which of those ancestries dominate. Hence, if you are going to list multiple ancestries, we recommend to either accompany them by percentages or approximations (50% X, 25% Y, 25% Z) or to mention which ancestry is the most predominant (e.g. pred. German, minor Polish & Welsh).

Finally, your ethnicity and ancestry fields must be consistent with each other, not contradictory. Entries like "Ethnicity: English" and "Ancestry: Italy" or "Poland" are confusing.

If your ethnicity is not filled in as required, you might receive a PM prompting you to adjust it. Be warned that ignoring the request might result in the termination of your account.