Challenge of the week: Correct simple errors in reference tags [closed]

+9 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our "Data Doctors" Challenge of the week?

This is an easy one to participate in, once you know how reference tags work, i.e.:

  1. A footnote needs to start with <ref> and end with </ref>.
  2. There needs to be a <references /> tag directly below the == Sources == headline for the footnotes to display.

Using these tags is naturally confusing for Newts. It's very frustrating for new members when a tag is missing or misplaced and they can't figure out why footnotes aren't appearing.

Once again, Aleš has come up with something incredibly helpful. He's prepared a report of profiles from around the tree where a reference tag appears to be misplaced. Click here for the list.

Can you help fix them?

The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get the Winner badge this week and the bragging rights. But we'll all benefit from a neater, cleaner shared tree.

If you're participating, please post here to let us know. It's nice to cheer each other on. Or post if you have any questions about how to participate.

Thanks for helping!

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closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
closed by Eowyn Walker
Absolutely! I can do some. I tried to do a few but I am not on the trusted list so editing isn't possible?

Cathleen - 

Above the Sources section:

Inline citations should look like <ref>some source listed here</ref>

they can be named, so <ref name="foo">bar</ref>

and then reused like so: <ref name="foo" />

In the Sources section:

there should be a <references /> tag, which triggers the code to display all those inline citations that were above it. 

there should not be any <ref>foobar</ref> inline citations after the <references /> tag. If you find those you can:

1. move them to the right location in the bio if you see where they belong, and make them inline citations

2. take the <ref> </ref> tags out but leave the text, and add an asterisk (if it's not already there) so that it appears as a bulleted Source

Make sure you leave "Data Doctor Suggestion <whatever number>" and an explanation in the comment for your change, and then also change the Status of the suggestion with a comment, so others know it's fixed. 


You are correct about the trusted list issue, you can send the PM a private message and note that in the Status of the suggestion, or you can put a comment on the page and also note in the status of the suggestion.

Alternatively, look for the numbers in the Open column, so you know you can edit them and get something done. You'll still have to skip over the pre-1700 / pre-1500 ones if you don't have those abilities, but creates a little more momentum
Why aren't people changing the status box after they make a correction?  I've looked up several errors, and the changes  (from the change heading) appear to be done, but status doesn't say so.  Waste of time.
@Margaret, See my note above. The update of the spreadsheet seems down/not working/not uptodate for this suggestion.

When correcting DBEs please check the change log BEFORE you make a correction, in case the DBE was already attended to by someone else.  It helps no-one if you uncorrect, or incorrectly re-correct, something that was already fixed.

Thanks! smiley

I have a question that I can't seem to find the answer - I need to restore a profile back to where I first edited it. How can I do that? It was a complicated reference tags profile and is not working out - please advise.
You should see a link on the top of the change page to restore the profile. If there are multiple, you have to restore the most recent first and work your way through it.

The changes page is one of the tabs of a profile.
Thank you Michel. I finally found the offending reference tags there were causing the problem!

27 Answers

+8 votes
I will help this week with the reference tags!
by Virginia Fields G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+8 votes
I can do this... Thanks.

(Sorry Virginia, I goofed and accidentally added a comment to your answer.)
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+7 votes
Sure.  I'll knock off some.
by Charles Avis G2G6 Mach 3 (32.6k points)
+7 votes
I should be able to do some.
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (261k points)
+6 votes

I will play! (Been gone from DD a while; Hi, all!)

by Rebecca Peterson G2G6 Mach 1 (17.6k points)
+5 votes
Count me in!
by Nan Starjak G2G6 Pilot (325k points)
+4 votes
I'm up for this! Let's knock out these ref errors.
by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (402k points)
+5 votes
I would like to help
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
+4 votes
I’ll knock off a few of these
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
+3 votes
I’ll do a few.
by Ginger Lawton G2G6 Mach 2 (20.2k points)
+3 votes
I'll see what I can get done.
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (772k points)
+3 votes

I'm down to work on some of these.

by Staci Golladay G2G6 Mach 3 (35.5k points)
+3 votes
I can do some.
by Jodi Emond G2G3 (3.4k points)
+3 votes
Happy to add a few
by David Anderson G2G6 (7.0k points)
+3 votes
I will work on these. I have lots of experience fixing my own goofs!!
by Kim Williams G2G6 Mach 5 (50.2k points)
+3 votes
i'll do a few to help out
by Anon Sharkey G2G6 Mach 5 (56.9k points)
+3 votes
by Laurie Hughes G2G6 (9.7k points)
+3 votes
I’m sure I can do a few of these as I sometimes create them.
by Alison Breton G2G5 (6.0k points)
+3 votes
I've done some pre-1500. I don't have many on my personal lists.
by Marty Acks G2G6 Pilot (131k points)
+3 votes
I'll try a few.
by Gary Aiken G2G Crew (780 points)

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