As many of you know I am a strict user of the GEDCOM standard. No flames please!! ;-)
My question is for general discussion about how you generally enter the death fact. First I'll point out what is required in the GEDCOM standard so you know where I am coming from.
The standard says: "All GEDCOM lines have either a value or a pointer unless the line contains subordinate GEDCOM lines. In other words the presence of a level number and a tag alone should not be used to assert data (i.e. 1 DEAT Y should be used to imply a death known to have happened but
date and place are unknown, not 1 DEAT )."
What this is saying is: If the individual is dead you must either enter a place or date, OR a "Y" in the description field when you know the person is dead but you have neither a date or place.
I ran a few reports in FTM and in some reports if you enter a death fact without additional field (no date, place of note) the death fact is printed, while in other reports the death is not reported. When I enter a "Y" in the description FTM does not use this in any way to indicate a positive death.
When you do not have a place and date, Do most of you:
1) create a death fact without a date or place to indicate the individual is dead
2) enter a "Y" in the description
3) expect the death fact alone to indicate the individual is deceased
4) make up an aproximate death date or place so you have something entered
5) have a different strategy
I'm doing this more for my own personal understanding of what people do. I always use the "Y" indicator, but this is because of my knowledge and use of the standard.