"A birth date is required when adding a child." Is this new?

+18 votes
I created a profile for a man about whom I had no information other than his name, his parents' identities, that he was not the oldest son, and that he was an adult who died between the date his father's will was created and the date the will was proved. (I had a good fix on his death date but I could only make a very rough guess on his birth date.) I thought that a death date was still sufficient for creating a profile, but when I tried to save the profile I was prevented from doing so, due to the message "A birth date is required when adding a child."

I guess I missed the announcement of a policy change. When did the policy change, and what is the rationale for the change? Are birth dates now required for all profiles, or just profiles that are created as somebody's child?
in Policy and Style by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Since it seems to only be an issue when adding a child, it is probably a bug that was introduced with the "no adding a child under 13 unless you are the parent" GDPR change.

2 Answers

+7 votes
Best answer
Hi Ellen,

Thank you for reporting this. I apologize for the delayed response.

As Jamie noted in her comment, this is a bug that was introduced by GDPR-related changes.

It has now been fixed.

Thanks again,

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Ellen Smith
'Thanks, Chris!
+7 votes
I guess I missed it as well but I just tried it and it required the birth date even if a death date and sources are provided. There are times when you know a lot about a person except the birthdate and I don't like having to give a SWAG at a birthdate. This appears to be the case even when not creating as a child.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (462k points)

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