I've been asked by another researcher to remove an individual from my tree. This is a relative of the person requesting, and they state their reason is that they want to keep their family data private.
I immediately and unquestionably act if I am asked to do this because the person in question is still living, but in this case the individual is no longer living.
I want to respect the requester's privacy, but if I removed non-living people whenever I was asked, I'd have to go in and manually set the individual to living in my own database, save and re-upload the file, then go back and set them to not living. THEN, I'd have to remember to do that for THAT individual again the next time somebody else asked me to remove someone.
I'd either have to maintain (and update) two separate databases (one with the non-living set to living and one accurate) or I'd have to keep a list of everyone that had to be changed to living and back again each time such a request was made.
I'm planning to respond to the person making the request with very much what I've said here, but I wanted to check what other people feel first. I have no desire to upset anyone, but I've gone to great lengths to make sure no living persons get listed, and as I've said, I change the files immediately when that does come up. Should I be expected to cater my tree to the preferences of others?