I think I can see how this works from a parent viewpoint.
If I have a natural child as well as an adopted child, I list the relevant partner for each - listing my wife twice if she has the same relationship to each child. That puts the children in separate groups.
But we can't give a child more than two parents - can we?
We probably can if we devise new properties for second or subsequent parents.
- And you can't list your wife twice: properties don't allow it. Thurstan (talk) 11:13, November 20, 2015 (UTC)
Oh. Well, maybe you can work out how Phlox meant us to put adopted children in different groups. (By the way, one of the pages I checked had Phlox saying 'I have made a property "Genetic father" and Genetic Mother. If the field does not exist, then father/mother is assumed to be genetic. If people start to care about this sort of thing, then the software will have to be modified somewhat to make the distinction. I am willing to wait to see if it is a big deal before doing anything.' - but those seem not to be actual properties or even "Wanted properties".) -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 14:35, November 20, 2015 (UTC). Could they be workable and useful? -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 00:40, December 14, 2017 (UTC)
A wild thought: Some of our templates (e.g. minibio) follow redirects and display the targets. Some, however, such as the main infobox, don't: they display just what they are given. (This, by the way, is how one can check whether a parent or partner name is a redirect and should be renamed.) Is there a chance that we could make use of this difference so as to list a parent once as biological and once (with a slightly different name that redirects) as adoptive? -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 00:40, December 14, 2017 (UTC)
Last line of property page says
- "*subproperty of (allows search on) [[subproperty of::Property:family member]]"
Do we make any use of that? Could it be of value in some kind of search?