This is the first response I have seen to my question (which states the interrogative “do you”?) Therefore, your first sentence regarding “obsession with protecting information and preventing others from acquiring it”does not really apply in this case.
As I said, I just asked a question and I don’t know until I get to the archives what other answers I received, but I never said that I wanted to know how to protect my data from others to actually do it. However there might be some parts that I would wish to keep secret to protect still living individuals and I do not see what is wrong with that. But if my choice were to completely protect my data, why would I publish it on a website of all places? I really doubt that the “material genealogists acquire is almost always thanks to someone else having previously recorded…”.
We should be so lucky! It explains why we write messages after messages, letters after letters, belong to several NGs and read until our eyes ache, wait for weeks to obtain documents about relatives we have never known. But, we are indeed lucky if we find a friend among the people of NGs such as this one, residing thousands of kms away, who offer their help and give us a few more names and dates so we can link a few more individuals, and start all over again. I sense too much pride in your message since you qualify the people who “visit your website, help themselves and leave w/o aknowledging your efforts as ill-mannered”.
Yet, you are <”delighted when they contact you to say thanks for your efforts”, not for having provided them with knowledge (not least, some ‘education’). In both sentences, you use the word efforts as if your research had been made not out of love for your parents and ancestors but because you can now show your genealogy tree! If I misunderstood the meaning of your message, I offer you my apologies.