Birth date same as death date

+5 votes
Why do we ask for children and spouse , when a profile is created for a Person born in 1890 and died in 1892 ?

Should the default be no and no.

Save time cleaning up profiles and space on profiles\ on computer.
in WikiTree Tech by Colin Madge G2G6 (6.8k points)
Colin, are you suggesting that we should not document a child born to a couple that died two years after s/he was born?

2 Answers

+2 votes
Best answer
One has the option to mark "no children" and "no spouse" in the edit fields. It seems to me this should be sufficient.
by Robin Kabrich G2G6 Mach 3 (39.6k points)
selected by Jillaine Smith
Thanks, Robin.

Despite the years I've been here, I'd never noticed that on the edit screen.

Go to the profile in question. Click the edit tab. On the right hand side, you'll see "No spouse" and "no children". Select that which is appropriate and click on Save!

(I just did the "no children" on my own profile.)

Thanks, Robin, for the reminder.
+10 votes
It would be very nice to have artificial intelligence built into the WikiTree algoritms.  The logic tree required for the software to examine dates and apply age criteria to only offer options of providing spouse and children data to those meeting the criteria would require significant software development, plus the processing load would result in noticeable delay.

While I have to agree that the display would be more elegant, I think it is a luxury that comes at too high a price for WikiTree to provide.  It would not save any space because the database records still need the fields for that data, since many profiles do have data that belongs in those fields.  I also don't understand what cleaning up time would be saved by not displaying these empty fields. I don't think it is too difficult for people to not enter data about spouses and children when there isn't any to enter.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (788k points)

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