Challenge of the week: Clean up names [closed]

+7 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.

Top 10

WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_Names_XV
closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
closed by Eowyn Walker
Challenge is active.
I'll help out.
I will jump in on this. Haven't done this in a while.

8 Answers

+6 votes
I will help. Ales, the problem is that for example in the "separator in first name" category, there are only 449/7684 profiles that are open. That's barely over 5%, is a definitive "bad data" situation like that something that EditBot can fix on profiles that are not open? Or is EditBot restricted to open profiles also?
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Pilot (277k points)
+6 votes

Scottish ones again for me smiley

by Sheena Tait G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
+5 votes
I'll try to do a few.
by Janet Clifton G2G6 Mach 6 (62.5k points)

Working in 741 Separators in Middle Name.

Best, Janet

+4 votes
Please count me in. I'll try to do a few.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
+4 votes
A lot of name errors in the Netherlands. I'll try to lower that number.
by Koen van Hoof G2G6 Mach 7 (73.0k points)
+4 votes
I'm up for a bunch of clean-ups.
by Charles Avis G2G6 Mach 3 (39.3k points)
+4 votes
I'll jump in! :)
by Loralee Hutton G2G6 Mach 2 (23.1k points)
+4 votes
I'll do a few.
by Tracy Frayne G2G6 Mach 3 (31.3k points)

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