We just released some improvements to our "data validation" systems, i.e. the checks for conflicting or questionable data that we do when creating or editing a profile.
(We actually tried to release the changes earlier today but K Bloom and some other members spotted problems so we pulled back and made some quick changes. Thank you to those who reported the bugs.)
For those who are interested, here's the current list of checks: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Data_Validation
The most significant change today is that the error messages are much more informative.
For example, prior to this you might see error messages such as, "A birth date should not be more than 60 years before or after a sibling's birth date" or "A child's birth date should not be before a parent is six years old."
With these messages, you would have no idea which date for which sibling was causing the problem, or with parent-child problems, even whether the profile you were editing was the parent or the child in the relationship. This could be very frustrating.
Now the error messages will say something like, "A birth date (Whitten-964 born 1900) should not be more than 60 years before or after a sibling's birth date (Whitten-1 born 15 Sep 1971)" or "A child's birth date (Whitten-964 born 1900) should not be before a parent is six years old (Jones-1 born 17 Nov 1947)."
In addition to the error message improvements, we added a lot of checks regarding conflicting indicators on whether or not the person is living. These are very important because they affect our privacy controls. These checks should help prevent profiles from being locked-up unnecessarily.
Please post here if you spot any problems. It's certainly possible that there are more bugs. Thanks!
Onward and upward,