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Y-DNA Haplogroup Q-M242 Project

A genetic genealogy community and collaboration
  • 2001 members

Code of Conduct

Note: The Activity Feed has been turned off until all bugs are fixed. Please use the FB Group.

Project Purpose

The Q-M242 haplogroup project exists:
  • For the benefit of all project members.
  • To help members understand their results.
  • To advance research.
It is not for commercial or personal gain by the Project Leadership Team or others.
  • Membership in the project is FREE --though the DNA tests are not.
  • We do not charge for our interpretation.
The project is an open project. Research findings are published through open journals and public blog spaces.

3rd Party Tools

As part of our policy, we do not as a project promote use of 3rd party tools that require payment. These include but are not limited to DNAGedcom, GedMatch, Full Genomes Corporation, DNA Affairs, and YFull. Please do not post links to such sites in the project activity feed. If you are unsure if a site is a paid 3rd party site, the quick check is to see if there is a place to order something on the site (excluding ad banners). A shopping cart generally means a paid 3rd party site.

Project Membership

The project is open to all Family Tree DNA clients who meet one of these qualifications:
  • Have tested positive for M242 or one of its subclades at Family Tree DNA or be predicted positive through their system.
  • Have tested positive for M242 or one of its subclades at another lab and send a copy of their results certificate to project administration.
  • Have a positive Y-DNA match who shares a paper trail ancestor in under eleven generations.

If this describes your kit or a kit that you have proxy rights for, you may join by following this link and filling in your kit number and password. You do not need to order a new kit. By joining the Q-M242 Haplogroup Project, you agree to this Code of Conduct and the Privacy Policy within it. If you do not agree, your recourse is to leave the project. If you violate any of this policy, you may be removed at the administrators' discretion.

Project Leadership Team

The Y-DNA Q-M242 Project is run by a team of administrators, co-administrators, and advisers.

Project Guests & Results Access

The project leadership team spends considerable private funds for research. It would be wrong for others to have access to these results without the willingness to give to research either through funding of sample collection, through funding of sample testing, or by being a proband (a Y-DNA Q male).
  • Anyone with Y-DNA Q results from FTDNA may join and see applicable results on FTDNA's auto generated pages.
  • Those who tested outside FTDNA results may join with 'Transfer' accounts.
The team welcomes collaboration with reputable researchers in academia and citizen science. We consider feedback and openness to criticism integral parts of citizen science. We have the right to deny cooperation to people whose work and public activity seem to us questionable. This is purely our choice. Those interested in guest access to anonymous project Y-DNA SNP and STR results should write to the project administrators. Should we grant access, we require:
  • Project members' privacy must be maintained.
  • Racism and xenophobia will not be tolerated.
  • The project access does not permit for profit use.
  • Do not use it for paid interpretation services either your own or other's.
  • Do not use it to recruit clients.
  • Clear use and attribution in publication.
  • In publications and blog posts the project must be cited as a source.
  • The researcher will make it clear that they are a guest to the project.
  • Project results must never be used for medical or forensic research.

Project Privacy Policy

In addition to the Family Tree DNA Administrator's Guidelines, the project shall:
  • Get Informed Consent from project members before allowing their results to be used outside of the project.
  • Inform all project members of policy changes.

Project Communications

The project has three main communication methods. The project periodically publishes newsletters through the http://haplogroup.org website. The sending e-mail for the newsletters is news@haplogroup.org. We also have a forum. It is our private forum on the Family Tree DNA website. The following information is most often used to share information about project members in newsletters and within the project: kit number, surname, country of origin, ethnic notes.

The project leadership team believes that positive communication is part of building a strong project. Positive communication is expected from all members of the team and all project members.

Group Activity Feed Rules: 
1) Be gentle with each other. Be kind to yourself. Be compassionate to all. 
2) There are no stupid or bad questions. If you want to know, surely others do too. Ask! 
3) Don't post content that will have to be removed. This includes, company bashing, people bashing, SPAM, profanity, the names of living people without their permission, and anything that violates Family Tree DNA standards. 
4) Stay on topic. Our focus here is Y-DNA Q-M242. Autosomal DNA, X-DNA, and mtDNA are off topic. Off topic posts will be closed and better groups for research will be recommended. 
5) Company representatives are welcome to read the posts here. However, we ask that all company business take place outside of this group. 
6) Everything said (written) in this group must stay within this group. By joining and remaining a member of this group, you agree that everything said here goes no further without permission. We desperately need safe and friendly spaces to discuss ideas, and it feels like those spaces are getting harder to find.
7) Obey the law --it should go without saying-- do not stalk, harass, bully, cyber-bully, or otherwise violate the personal rights of other project members or members of the admin team. Tattle-tails are loathsome, but laws are laws.

Project Results Display

Project results are displayed on the project's webpage to project members, the project leadership team, and our approved guests (see above). This is an example of Y-DNA STR Results.

Y-STR Results Example

Y-STR Results Example (not real names). 

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Name), the ancestor information, the haplogroup, and Y-STR results. This is an example of Y-DNA SNP Results.

Y-SNP Results Example
Y-SNP Results Example (not real names). 

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Last Name), the ancestor information, the haplogroup, and Y-SNP results. This is an example of the Results Map.

Map Results Example (not real names)
Map Results Example (not real names). 

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Last Name), the ancestor information, and the haplogroup.