Gillian, the problem you mention is what I have seen often and is the cause of most of the G2G questions on this topic I have seen. The system does not include any attempt to consider the impact of about, before, or after qualifiers. That warning is displayed if there is any possibility that a precise date within the period allowed for by the qualifier might be in logical conflict with a date, precise or not, in another profile. I think the system should be building ranges into the logic to include the qualifiers, but that's a different problem. If the warning were worded to suggest that it is possible that there is a date error, instead of blaring that there actually is one, I would not find that unacceptable to happen ONLY when the date is changed, not every time any edit is made to any other part of the profile.
This instance, however, is of just plain wrong logic. The system has decided that ALL of 1908 is earlier than December 26,1907 and adds insult to injury by screaming to us about it every single time any change in the profile is made.