Why are people referred to as a stepparent or step-sibling in my family tree?

We used to use strict rules for whom we labeled a "step-" family member, according to our understanding of how these terms are used in the U.S.  We had quite a few users express dismay over our strict rules, telling us that "step" is used differently in different cultures, and that they wanted the flexibility to apply the label more broadly.  As a result, we broadened our rules to label all partners of parents as step parents, and all of their children from other marriages as step siblings.  

You can remove the "step" label from these profiles by clicking the "Edit" link to the right of the Immediate Family module header on the Overview tab, and hiding the unwanted steps from the immediate family group. 

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