Code of Conduct
Project PurposeThe Q-M242 haplogroup project exists:
- For the benefit of all project members.
- To help members understand their results.
- To advance research.
- Membership in the project is FREE --though the DNA tests are not.
- We do not charge for our interpretation.
3rd Party ToolsAs 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 MembershipThe 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.
Project Leadership TeamThe Y-DNA Q-M242 Project is run by a team of administrators, co-administrators, and advisers.
Project Guests & Results AccessThe 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.
- 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.
- 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 CommunicationsThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Project Results DisplayProject 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 (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 (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).
Information includes the kit number, the surname (Last Name), the ancestor information, and the haplogroup.