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April 22, 2005 12:10 AM

Broken: Benefits site question

Image0011_Julian Botto writes:

This is a screen-shot of a question from a questionnaire on . If you go to the BenefitsCheckupRx questionnaire and type in "wife" for who you're filling it out for, the next page plugs that string into the next questions, one of which is this gem, "What is your Wife's current marital statues?" It's somewhat surprising that they haven't thought of the possibility that someone might fill this out for his or her spouse.


Definitely broken -- and made funnier by the location of the button on that screen: "What is your wife's marital status? Help!"

Posted by: stoo at April 22, 2005 06:46 AM

That's definitely interesting. I guess you can only fill it out for blood relatives...?

Posted by: Bob at April 22, 2005 07:05 AM

I notice that you said you typed in "wife". Maybe what's broken is that they don't have a drop-down to let you select this. It would be complicated to have the site parse everyone's input to figure out whether or not they're married, just to avoid one extra question. Broken, yes. I'm not sure what the solution would be, though.

Posted by: anitsirK at April 22, 2005 09:29 AM

What is also broken on the seconed page it asks what is the birth month and year of your "wife" it has an option "before 1900"

Posted by: unknown at April 22, 2005 10:38 AM

My favorite part is that, for your wife's marital status, you can choose "widowed." Are you checking the benefits for your wife from beyond the grave?

Posted by: Steve at April 22, 2005 10:50 AM

I believe sites typically use the word spouse rather than both husband and wife. Maybe that is where the problem starts at.

Posted by: Robert A. Dugger at April 22, 2005 01:35 PM

I think the whole thing is a riot! Especially the "widowed" comment. HA!!

Posted by: Karen at April 22, 2005 03:46 PM

Before I actually got it, I thought the broken part was the typo in the post. "What is your wife's marital statues?" Just a typo.

Posted by: nickd at April 22, 2005 04:50 PM

Could they be asking if she is a bigamist?

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at April 24, 2005 04:10 PM

Obviously you have come back from the dead to haunt your wife and fill out forms for her!

Posted by: ANON. at April 24, 2005 06:45 PM

"Help" With what? Why the butt

Posted by: noah ark went kaplooeeyyyyy! at April 26, 2005 11:06 PM


Posted by: noah ark went kaplooeeyyyyy! at April 26, 2005 11:07 PM

I agree w/ Karen

Posted by: N/A at May 16, 2005 07:45 AM

Another broken thing about the web page is that the web site will let you go to the next survey page even if on the gender option you state your wife is a male, but the zip code must match the state, no matter any other misinformation.

Posted by: Chase Ballard at May 31, 2005 09:32 PM

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