Fabricating Sources [closed]

+5 votes
Just wanted to make the point that inline sources on profiles should not be corrected with fabricated sources, because one does not understand the profile manager's source origins.  A credible census source was changed to "Wickenden Family Research"  Not cool...
WikiTree profile: Frederick Wickenden
closed with the note: Resolved
in Policy and Style by Andrew Field G2G6 Mach 3 (31.2k points)
closed by Jillaine Smith

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+18 votes

Looking at the change history, it appears that the "fabricated source" of "Wikenden Family Research" was actually added by the Profile Manager when the profile was created in 2019 (see https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Wickenden-414&diff=94051606&oldid=0) and has been there ever since. The recent change to correct the suggestion for duplicated inline citation names (there seem to have been 2 instances of <ref name=wickenden1>, whereas one was presumably supposed to be <ref name=wickenden1/> with the closing "/") just seems to have mis-interpreted what the Profile Manager was trying to do and has moved that source inline rather than being listed at the bottom. Looks like an honest mistake to me rather than anything more sinister.

by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (284k points)

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