How to waste contextual sources

+9 votes
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Someone just wrote a nice bio with five (5) contextual sources, (inline references) that do not display because too many people delete the "UNNECESSARY" references line from under the "sources" line.

== Sources ==
<references />

Other people leave it in but insert generic (asterisk) sources between the sources line and the references line so the * sources precede inline sources.
WikiTree profile: Pierre Drouillard
in WikiTree Tech by Richard Van Wasshnova G2G6 Mach 1 (18.5k points)
Same applies to H├ębert-347

This may be the missing information.  please read the final line where bold edits are encouraged.  It does not copy well.  I will re-add it to his profile.

:: Date: 16 APR 1803

 

:: Date: 16 APR 1803

 

:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

 

:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

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== Biography ==

 
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''This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.''

 
       
 

=== Death ===

 

=== Death ===

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: Death:

 
 

:: Date: APR-1803

 

:: Date: APR-1803

 

:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

 

:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

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Could not interpret date in Death Date (APR-1803).<br>

 
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=== Baptism ===

 
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: Baptism:

 
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:: Date: 24 APR 1751

 
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:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

 
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=== Burial ===

 
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: Burial:

 
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:: Date: 16 APR 1803

 
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:: Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI

 
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=== Event ===

 
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: Event:

 
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:: Type: Find-a-Grave

 
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:: Place: Unknown

 
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== Sources ==

 
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* WikiTree profile Drouillard-1659 created through the import of JBD.GED on Aug 22, 2012 by [[Wopshall-12 | Al Wopshall]]. See the [http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:NetworkFeed&who=Drouillard-1659 Changes page] for the details of edits by Al and others.

 
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* Source: <span id='S1'>S1</span> Abbreviation: see page field Page: 368

 
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<references />

 
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<!-- Please edit, add, or delete anything in this text, including this note. Be bold and experiment! If you make a mistake you can always see the previous version of the text on the Changes page. -->

Al, The only "problem" with the biography section is that under the == Sources == line there should be a line that reads <references /> that was removed. It was probably either an honest mistake and was removed because the person just did not understand what it does or it was cut while editing and just was not put back. Only one line was the problem with displaying the inline sources.

2 Answers

+2 votes
The really sad part id the <references /> line was removed in 2012 and no one caught it until now. I try and remember to do a preview anytime I edit a biography section because it can happen very easily, you want to move a line into the correct position so you cut it but get distracted and forget to paste it back in.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
I put the line back in. all is well now.
+4 votes

Unfortunately, that <references /> code resembles the useless clutter that has been known to be created during gedcom imports, so some contributors innocently delete it (or may mistakenly think that it is a hidden comment that says "add your references here"). 

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Maybe the underlying code could add a comment to the right of it. Like this:

 

<references /> <!-- do not delete this line; it's required on wikitree -->
I've thought of that, but then I think about those profiles I sometimes edit where six different profiles have been merged without any effort to consolidate the biographies and sources, so the profile now displays six footnote lists. Then I wonder if the "do not delete" tag would further intimidate profile cleanup. Of course, these are old profiles I'm thinking of, and the tag would only go on new ones...

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