When is it OK to remove "missing sources" comment?

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On some profiles, I see a comment box indicating the profile lacks sources.  (I'd add a screenshot, but have no idea how to do that in this forum)

But on these profiles I do see source information.  Perhaps the source information was added later, and the comment was not removed. So my question is: When is it OK to remove the comment box?  When all dates have been sourced? Some other threshold?

in Policy and Style by Louis Van Helden G2G Crew (720 points)
So long as there is at least one decent source (not "ancestry", "ancestry tree", "family search", or the like - especially on older profiles) it is no longer unsourced and the template can be removed.

If it still needs other sources for vital events (birth, death, marriage (if there was one)) - and a maintenance category exists for that, it can be added.

Example would be if I have a profile that has only a source for the death, and the person was born in - say - Victoria, and married in Queensland, I can add the maintenance categories for those events :

[[Category:Queensland, Needs Marriage Record]]
[[Category:Victoria, Needs Birth Record]]
Melanie, there's nothing wrong with sources from Ancestry or FamilySearch ... they provide access to verifiable sources.

"sources" from family trees on either of those sites (and others) can be questionable.
@Dennis -- when the "source" simply says "ancestry.com" it isn't a source that can be verified.  Same with FamilySearch, if all that is there is "familysearch.org" it is not a verifiable source.

If using a source found on those sites, you should also be using the provided citation.

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Preferably the least amount of sources is either birth or death, they need to be appropriate sources. Family trees are not necessarily appropriate but can point to sources.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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There is the sticker at the top of profiles {{unsourced} that are placed when someone thinks they are lacking sources.  When sources are added people sometimes forget to remove it or they don't realize it can be done.

Depending on the time period of a profile will determine what is considered as valid sources.  Family tree is not considered a valid source in any time period.  If there is a Birth, marriage, death, census source on a profile, those would probably be considered a source on all profiles.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (518k points)
AND the access to www.familysearch.org and a search of the Records will quite often turn up these sources (in my experience) of census, death record issued by civil authority, military service abstract, burial, birth, and so forth.  

www.familysearch.org is a repository of suitable sources

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