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

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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.

in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
reshown by Aleš Trtnik
Challenge is active.
Yes I will do some.

15 Answers

+8 votes
Well, I've just done one so it looks fairly easy. I'm in!
by Gill Whitehouse G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
+8 votes
I’ll help.
by Jean Adams G2G6 (9.0k points)
+7 votes
I'll do some of these for my various projects
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
+8 votes
I'll help out.
by K Schreffler G2G Crew (910 points)
+8 votes
I'm coming up with quite a few that have a ref tag but no or unidentifiable source, so I'm marking them as removed tag, needs sources. Is that correct?
by Gill Whitehouse G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
+6 votes
I'll do a few this week.
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
+6 votes
These are what I was fixing last week among Orphans.  I'll just keep on trucking'.
by Charles Avis G2G6 Mach 2 (28.8k points)
+4 votes
I don't understand this properly, so I will leave this one to those that know what they are doing and wait for the easy fixes.
by Phil McMahon G2G4 (4.0k points)

These are the easy fixes! if you're used to doing inline refs, these are a piece of cake. If you're not used to inline refs, here's somewhere to get started. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources Look for "Embed them as references"

+5 votes
I'll join the challenge.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (39.6k points)
I've corrected some very involved ref tags and couldn't help but touch up the profile.
+4 votes
I'll try to do a few
by Anon Sharkey G2G6 Mach 3 (37.2k points)
+4 votes
U will be doing some.
by David Dodd G2G6 Mach 1 (18.4k points)
+5 votes
I’ve done some, but it doesn’t seem to be tracking?

Is there any way to get the status to update on the spread sheet? Probably the first 20 I looked at had already been fixed, but not updated on the report.
by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 1 (18.7k points)
+3 votes
I'm in.  I'm new but have learned about sourcing quickly!  I Love sources!! Now that I've seen what you are doing, I decided to look at my family members, and YES there are comments about my sources.  So, I'll be looking on what I've added to correct my family.  I guess that's a start!
by Michelle Detwiler G2G2 (2.5k points)
edited by Michelle Detwiler
So I chose to fix suggestions on my family that I entered, that way I can figure out how to make repairs/changes.  Although I thought I was doing an outstanding job on my references I found a number of errors, and this surprised me!  I'm glad I looked and wanted to volunteer.  This is helping me figure out how to source correctly.  My main problem is mostly duplicate lines in my sources. I've also learned about weather or not to put USA on my locations if the date was before or after the formation of USA.  Good things to know.
+3 votes
I will give it a shot...if over my head will pass.
by Elaine Goodner G2G6 (9.7k points)
+3 votes
I’ll do a few.
by Ginger Lawton G2G6 Mach 1 (20.0k points)

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