Data Doctor Challenge of the Week: Correct simple errors in reference tags [closed]

+8 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!

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

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closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
closed by Eowyn Walker
Challenge is active.
Yes I will take part in this challenge Olson-6823

I've been working on "872 Named Inline citation error" and have noticed a couple of cases where the WikiTree system seems to be more forgiving than the error checker:

  1. Names longer than 65 characters are flagged by the error checker (and, yes, that is excessively long and prone to typos), yet the system seems happy with even longer names (actual limit unknown).
  2. Named refs with a missing equals sign before the name (e.g., 'ref name "xyz"') are flagged as errors, but are accepted by the system, and seem to function properly.

Just a point of interest.

9 Answers

+4 votes
I'm not sure how much time I can devote, but sure, I'd like to help.
by Chip White G2G6 Mach 1 (13.7k points)
+4 votes

Hi! I take part in the challenge. wink

by Isabelle Huth G2G6 Mach 1 (11.8k points)
+4 votes
Sounds easy enough. I will take a look. Will be a break from the mind bending tasks of tracking down sources.
by Nancy Wilson G2G6 Mach 5 (52.3k points)
+4 votes
I'm in. Working on Wisconsin 864 empty ref tags. There are thousands of them!!
by Dana Johnson G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
+4 votes
I will work on as many as possible this week.
by Karen Stewart G2G6 Mach 3 (32.4k points)
+4 votes
I'll give it a go.
by Catherine Milton G2G3 (3.1k points)
+4 votes
I will help
by Sandie Schwarz G2G6 Mach 2 (22.7k points)
+4 votes
I'd like to take part.
by Michelle Millar G2G1 (1.1k points)
+4 votes
I'll do a few,
by Ginger Lawton G2G6 Mach 1 (20.0k points)

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