Warning message about siblings born too close together -- when merging the two profiles born too close

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An "interesting" misfire in WikiTree validation checking:

I got the red warning banner "Warning: Check the data. A birth date (Webster-864 born 7 Oct 1668) should not be within eight months of a sibling's birth date (Webster-7338 born 7 Aug 1668) unless they are twins born within a day of each other." when I was in the act of merging the two profiles (for the same person, not siblings) that had birth dates too close together.

in WikiTree Tech by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Ellen, was this message was on the merge screen when you tried to complete the merge?

3 Answers

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I think the idea is to have the person check to make sure they've done due diligence to the people being merged, and as long as the opportunity to agree with the desired situation, it shouldn't be a problem.  The only problem is if there's no no chance to tell the system to accept the existing situation.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (445k points)
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And I guess Wikitree has never heard of PREMATURE babies?

Especially if the second baby was born prematurely or still born less than 8 months after the first...

OF course in the 1600s, it was highly unlikely that a preemy baby would survive...
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
In this particular case it is the same person, but one of the birth dates was entered incorrectly (7 October vs 7 August - classic case of not being sure of what is meant by "8th month").
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This is a bug, and it still bugs me, more than 4 years later.

I encountered this annoying data-validation error message today while merging two profiles for the same person that had been created with slightly different birth dates. Specifically, I was merging Brouwer-1219 into Brouwer-712. These two profiles had slightly different dates for her birth (plus a source citation with a third date). Before merging the profiles I did some research that found yet another date within the same couple of weeks. In a situation like this, I do not adjust the birth data before merging, but instead I attempt to record the conflicting data during the merge process.

After I finished the edits to combine the profiles, I hit the button to submit the merge, then I got this warning on the merge screen questioning the merge because the birth date of a "sibling" (referring to Brouwer-1219, the profile I was merging away) was too close to the birth date on the destination profile. This is annoying and confusing when the merge will eliminate the "sibling" conflict. I can imagine that it scares some members away from completing the merge.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
I agree when I merge and this happens that it does make you stop and think ‘again’.  It would be ‘nice’ if the system would check to see if the IDs it is complaining about are the 2 that are being merged.

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