We're thinking about an addition that would improve how we handle adopted children.
As experienced WikiTreers know, you can only have one set of parents on WikiTree. One mother and one father. If a person was adopted, a choice needs to be made between using the adoptive parents or the biological parents. For living or private people, it's up to the family to make the choice. For public and non-living people, the biological parents should be used. This is explained here: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adoptions_and_multiple_parents
This has never been a completely satisfactory system.
One of the growing problems with it is that we can't distinguish between adoptive and biological connections when making DNA test connections. An adopted child may end up with DNA tests attached to their profile that don't apply.
What we could do is enable you to set "Non-Biological" as a Relationship Status for the mother and father, as an alternative to Uncertain, Confident, or Confirmed with DNA. (Calling it "Non-Biological" instead of "Adopted" would leave it broad enough to be used for step-parents, etc.)
We could then have our DNA systems account for this, and it could be shown in Relationship Finder results.
This wouldn't satisfy everyone. Ideally we'd have a way to toggle between adoptive and biological parents so you can view either tree, but I don't see a practical way to do that.
Our general recommendations would not be changing. Biological relationships would still be recommended. In fact, one possible downside of this addition would be that it would encourage inexperienced WikiTreers to add adopted children deep in history because they saw the option without reading the policy details. But that doesn't seem like a reason not to do it.
Any thoughts or input?