Having place holders for the living
Can there be place holders be made for the living such and Male or Female child or living child? I found a record of a family member that had several names on it. I got excited and proceeded to add them to the tree. When I was finished, I then realized that some of them were probably still living which made duplicate records. When they pass away they'll need to be merged. I was thinking if there was place holders that are private that might of stopped me from adding them. Just wondering if that can be done.
Profiles in your private space effectively are (or should be) placeholders: only you can see them, so only you need to know who they're for. It's perfectly fine to enter "Thing1" and "Thing2" for the names, if that's a reference you'll recognize as your twin cousins (for example). I only create profiles for living people if I need them to connect to a deceased relative -- I have profiles for my widowed aunts, but not for my spinster aunt. I suppose if I found records for a living relative, that'd be another reason to create a private-space profile.0
I assume that you went back and deleted or marked as living those that may have been living?
I hate to say it, but I don't think having place holders would solve anything. It doesn't take much time on FamilyTree to realize that most of us genealogists are pretty conceited and self-assured. If I was one to fully document living people in Family Tree, which we are certainly at liberty to do although I don't, in the hopes that in one or two hundred years FamilySearch will automatically marked them as deceased and public, I, of course, am confident that only I have done the proper research to have the correct information. And only I have ever found or seen all these public records I have. Plus there are all those photos that one else has anything like. So even if there were a Living placeholder that might be the person I have information on, I am going to create my own Living person in order to have a place to put all my correct information since that other placeholder is sure to be empty.
Pretty soon, parents of two children will have twenty placeholders. Better to have them invisible.
Plus, not having placeholders cuts down on FamilySearch's legal department's work in dealing with the various privacy laws of a few hundred countries.0