I've seen a number of edits recently in which another contributor has added category IDs to profiles in formats like [[Category:Lynn%2C_Massachusetts]], which substitutes code for the punctuation and space in [[Category:Lynn, Massachusetts]]. In some instances, an existing category link entered with standard punctuation is being overwritten with a category link that includes the coding instead. The coding is ugly and likely to confuse some contributors.
The explanation proffered for this practice is that the coding is needed to place the profile in the category. This explanation is inconsistent with my understanding of, and experience with, categories in WikiTree. If I add [[Category:Lynn, Massachusetts]] to a profile, I fully expect that profile to land in the category. I suspect that some sort of intermittent glitch must have led to the perception that the coding is required. On a few occasions I've seen profiles fail to appear in a category, and I've been able to make the missing profiles appear by making an edit to the category page. Are WikiTree's tech wizards aware of a glitch that causes intermittent categorization problems? Is my practice of making a null edit to the category page a valid cure for a known problem? Are there instances where ugly coding is truly needed? Is there any general advice to offer to users regarding placement of categories on profiles?