Why does my spouse not show on my public profile and vice versa?

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We are both wiki members and managers of our respective profiles as well as of each other's profiles, privacy is private with public bio and family tree, but on the public view neither of us show as the spouse of the other - why not?
WikiTree profile: Theresa Myers
in The Tree House by Theresa Myers G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)

1 Answer

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It never has been and this is by design. If you're both agreeable then put a link in the biography. Living spouses are not shown in public profiles.

You're not the only person who finds this slightly silly but I feel this is the wrong time to be asking this given there is a much greater privacy-related crisis underway with DNA info being purged en masse and virtually all living profiles going dark due to GDPR compliance measures.
by Nathan Kennedy G2G6 Mach 2 (27.1k points)
Interesting, I never noticed this - yes, silly. I'm fairly certain my question is not diverting any resources from the larger privacy issues afoot.
If you look at the related questions, you can see that this question has been asked and answered multiple times and there has been no movement on this issue.

Changing it, even if there were consensus on doing so, would be a software feature request. There's already multiple things broken with the now hundreds-of-thousands of living unlisted profiles which should take priority. Software feature requests do require developer attention which is a limited resource.

There is already a trivial workaround for folks who find it important to have their spouse linked on their public profile: put a prominent link in the biography. Besides privacy issues, a much bigger missing feature I would consider is the limitation of linking a single profile to just a mother and a father; there's no semantic way to link a single profile to both biological and nonbiological parents. And one can link to two nonbiological same-sex parents, but only while creating the odd data-doctor issues of foisting a male "mother" or female "father."

That's why I'm saying this is not a battle I would personally be picking now. To be clear, I didn't mean you shouldn't have asked the question (although it has already been asked/answered before). I meant in my personal opinion it would not be the right time to try to push to change this.

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