WeRelate:Suggestions/Living place holders for FTE

i understand the policy on living individuals has shifted. Used to living information was not allowed. But "living placeholders" were, if they said only the surname. I would use this feature only to connect branches of my tree. I understand that even for this use, living placeholders are not allowed. please reconsider this. FTE is much easier to use when I can see how my branches connect and when I don't "lose" a grandchild who has passed but whose parents are still alive.

Thank you, Elizabeth Added by User:EeVas 15:43, 10 November 2012

Disclosing public information about living people is highly problematic and causes real legal issues in many jurisdictions around the world. The fundamental approach of this website is to publish everything that is uploaded for everyone to access and for that reason I'm afraid I think the best approach is what is currently done. I understand this has some negative consequences but one way round is by adding links on your homepage - see the discussion here for an example. AndrewRT 15:13, 16 December 2012 (EST)
This is old, but I wanted to comment. Since when were 'living place holders' allowed? No, they are not. I delete living anything on sight. People who are blank will be tagged and later deleted. There are thousands upon thousands on WR that absolutely add no value to a collaborative project. THE ONLY exception is when you have one dead spouse and one living spouse with dead children. In that case, in a family page only, you can create "Unknown (for the living person) and John Smith", but you cannot create a page for the 'unknown' if he or she is living. There was supposed to be a solution to people who wanted to off link living people to a private site, but I do not think it has happened yet. Daniel Maxwell 07:08, 1 August 2013 (EDT)

This is a policy decision arising from legal concerns. Templates such as this one exist to link pages for deceased individuals. Therefore, I am archiving this suggestion.--DataAnalyst 18:51, 16 April 2017 (UTC)