Thanks for the commentary. This one reminds me of a major error I made on my Thesis. I was exhausted after months of writing and rewriting and re-rewriting my thesis, so when I had to do the biographical sketch, I put it out without much thought. I had lived in the same town my whole life up to that point, so I listed that town as where I was born. In reality, my town didn't have a hospital, so I was actually born in an adjacent town (my baby sister was happy to point out the error in my thesis).
Many of the 'good' questions you listed have problems, though:
- Middle name of your oldest child.....what if you don't have kids?
- Where did your parents meet.....what if you don't know and they're not around to ask?
- Father's middle name...what if he doesn't have a middle name?
- Name of first person you kissed (or city)...I don't know for sure, but I'd wager that a large percentage of the over 40 population can't remember. It was probably playing spin the bottle at a birthday party when you were 12 or so.
- What elementary school did you attend....does that include Kindergarten? More importantly, you get into the 'must spell it exactly right' situation. For example, take the common name of Little Town Elementary #1 School. Or is it Little Town #1 Elementary School? Or Little Town Elementary School? Or Little Town Elementary?
Of course, the nonsense that they go through to insist on secure passwords is getting out of control, too. "Must have upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols, must be at least 8 characters and less than 20, can not repeat any of the characters....... on and on and on". That doesn't really do anyone any good. Most security breaches are human engineering, so it doesn't matter how secure the password is. And the more complicated you make it, the more likely the person is to write it down somewhere.
Did you really need to quote his 100+ line message to add that comment?