Challenge of the week: Clean up names

+8 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our Data Doctors Challenge this week?           

Aleš's "WikiTree+" data analysis has uncovered thousands of profiles with special characters or words in name fields that probably don't belong there. There are parentheses that need to be removed, suffixes that need to be moved to the Suffix field, and much more.

Errors in name fields aren't just cosmetic. They make it less likely for profiles to be found in searches and matching.

Here is the table of likely problems and other suggestions to investigate.

Although the changes might be simple and fast, a thoughtful genealogist like you needs to investigate and carefully make the decision.

After you investigate something, set the status [more info]. That will let others know it has been addressed ... and ... it will earn you a point. The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get a badge and the bragging rights.

If you're participating, please post here to let us know. It's nice to cheer each other on, and it will help us avoid stepping on each others' toes. Also post here if you have any questions about how to participate.           

Thanks for helping!

P.S. If you want to chat or coordinate what you are working on with others, in addition to this G2G post there is a handy spreadsheet courtesy of Steven Tibbetts. 

Real-time tracking results:           
See your stats alongside other participants here.

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WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_Names_XIV
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
edited by Eowyn Walker
Challenge is active.

11 Answers

+5 votes
I'll work on a few of these
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+6 votes
I am in for the week.
by Laura DeSpain G2G6 Pilot (319k points)
I have a question, this is a first for me. If the suffix is a part of the lnab do we need to add it again in the suffix field?
Suffix should be in Suffix field only on 'normal' profiles
Thank you. That is what I thought. This one had II as a part of the lnab and then had II in the suffix field. I removed it from the suffix field since it was already a part of the lnab.
It should be in suffix, not LNAB. That's what the suggestion is about.
So the lnab has to be changed. Okay, I will contact the manager.
+6 votes
I've done some and will continue onward!
by Nancy Thomas G2G6 Mach 4 (41.3k points)
+6 votes
I will try to get a few done

by Catherine Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
+5 votes
I will try again to get some done. Thanks.
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (969k points)
+6 votes
Let's do it!
by Charles Avis G2G6 Mach 2 (22.7k points)
+5 votes
I can work on some of these.
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (542k points)
+5 votes
Gong for it
by David Dodd G2G6 Mach 1 (15.5k points)
+4 votes
I’ll do some!
by Jodi Emond G2G3 (3.3k points)
+3 votes
I'll look at some of these this week.
by Marjorie Gibbon G2G6 (8.0k points)
+4 votes
I'll see what I can do.
by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (59.9k points)

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