Can software check for silly errors (which I have seen), such as people who were married/died before they were born.

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in WikiTree Tech by Graham Pratten G2G Crew (770 points)

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Wikitree has a project, that deals with errors in database. Marriages are covered by error 400 errors.

by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (661k points)
selected by Living Terink
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Use the Error Report to check for this. It's available in the pull-down menu for the profile you're working.

by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
I was hoping for software to reject these sillies.  I do check thoroughly to make sure I don't add to them.  Clearly some people don't check.  Some of these errors are in the pre-1500 records, which we would hope are more thoroughly checked.
I lot of people have loaded GEDCOM's into WikiTree without much thought as to what they were doing. This mostly happened in the early days of WikiTree and there are people actively fixing this wherever it is found.
importing the GEDCOM's aren't really the problem, per se -- the problem is the original export/creation of the GEDCOM.

I've seen other people's trees on places like Ancestry...full of duplicates and other various errors of all types, so the bad data gets exported into their GEDCOM in the first place, unnoticed, then continues to be unnoticed when imported here. Ancestry has improved their error detection, but I suspect some of the errors have been around for years. And other sites probably also have loopholes in their error detection as well.

garbage in, garbage out.
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yes, software can be written to check for such errors, but its actually complicated and can be difficult to write correctly. I suspect it will eventually be written here.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (539k points)

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