How may I replace a name like Sèoderlund with a correctly spelled Söderlund?

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Using the wrong character set when importing GEDCOMS gives us names with inappropriate spellings.  Sèoderlund and Söderlund is one such example.  This should be corrected.  I can correct everything but the LNAB.  How may this be corrected?
WikiTree profile: Johannes Söderlund
in Policy and Style by Norm Lindquist G2G6 Mach 5 (51.8k points)
Before asking this question, I emailed the PM.  He has responded and already corrected 7 names.  We have 14 to go and I am sure that we will get this cleaned up.  It does bring up the problem of obvious errors generated by GEDCOMS.

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Thanks for trying to clean this up!

The profile manager hasn't been active on WikiTree since he updated his email in September 2013. The page on Unresponsive Profile managers does not explicitly mention the possibility to bulk orphan all his open profiles - but perhaps this can be requested through the form.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (370k points)
Yes, the unresponsive pm policy needs to be revisited. The current policy is insufficient.
Ah. Manager woke up in this case.

I'm working on another cluster where some of the daughters are incorrectly given male patronymics and nothing is sourced. The cluster includes a bunch of my direct ancestors - and was connected to the profile manager through an incorrect Ancestry match. So I'm sourcing, asking for trusted access. Keeping calm, filing a polite public comment. Getting about time to write that private message and start waiting for seven days. Thought I'd source all the profiles first, though. Asking a public question couldn't hurt, either, I guess.
Yes, sometimes PMs wake up and respond. I'm giving PMs 30 days to respond to my db_errors-related communications. Yes, it's important to be polite and upbeat. But I'm talking about the PMs that never respond. Glad yours did.

Wasn't mine :-(

We'll see. In the case I'm working with there are old comments on the page of the PM that haven't had any reaction, so there will probably not be a response.

As for unresponsive managers in general; one could wish that people left a goodbye-note when they drifted off to other hobbies; but I suppose it's in the nature of the drifting that we don't mean to go and then just forget.

There are also a lot of people who sign up; upload their gedcom, or enter a few profiles, then leave, never to be heard from again...
Yup. They probably didn't count on all the work it takes to clean up a gedcom. Or familiarize themselves with the wikicode. Could be they're just unaware of how WikiTree is supposed to work, in spite of the signing of honor codes etc. How much attention DO we pay to gatekeeping stuff on free websites ;-)

So these disappearances are an unavoidable feature and it would be nice to have an easy way to get their contributions orphaned and up for adoption, once the situation has been properly diagnosed.

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