Why does error in death date (700 years before birth date) require pre-1500 status to edit?

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Mistake in entry of death date to [[Musick-394]] that is 1700 years before birth date requiring pre-1500 certification? System should not flag this and prevent error correction. I hit "return" by accident before entry was complete.
WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Musick
in Policy and Style by Bill Vincent G2G3 (3.2k points)
Thank you.

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I cannot think of a way for the system to distinguish between and "error" entry and a real entry.   The system just knows a date is prior to 1500.
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (653k points)
selected by Bill Vincent
If the birth date is 1700 or later, any death date earlier than 1500 could be ignored. Better still, the system could refuse to finalize a new profile if the death date is earlier than the birth date. There's no reason for that to ever happen (unless the name is Benjamin Button of course. :-)
Bill, your suggestion makes sense to me. I have been searching wiki-tree for an explanation of pre-1500 procedures but have yet to find it. I'm trying to determine the fewest number of messages to post to get this type of typo fixed. Apparently the profile manager cannot correct a pre-1500 date of death regardless of the date of birth.
Bill,   Great suggestion....I have often thought that there should be more "error checking" with data entry.
but how would the system know it's the death date that's in error, not the birth date?

I haven't tried to enter a new profile with death before birth, but the system checks so much, I would think that it would already refuse to finalize such a profile.
I don't think it matters, Liz.  If the death date is prior to the birth date, the system just needs to respond with something like, "Birth/death dates are not possible.  Please review and correct the erroneous date."  Generally, these things are just typos anyway (like 1180 instead of 1810), and the person entering the profile would see the problem immediately.
sounds perfect!
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It's fixed.  :)
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (241k points)

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