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Col. Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen was a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer, lay theologian, and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, and politician. He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont, and for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War along with Benedict Arnold.[Source:Wikipedia]
- His profile needs someone to go on a scavenger hunt. There are several photos on the profile. The photos need sources, and it needs to be determined if they are public domain. If not, they need to be removed. Try Wikimedia Commons and try just Googling Ethan Allen images, then look under Search Tools > Usage Rights > Labeled for reuse.
- Someone should check his parents' and siblings' profiles to make sure that there is at least one source and hopefully a brief bio.
- There is a comprehensive bio on Ethan’s profile. Unfortunately, it has been copied from other websites. The material needs to be summarized and rewritten. Make sure that the summary maintains the source material. This is good practice for bio writers and people who want to be bio writers.
- I’ve also added several other sources at the bottom of the profile, if someone would like to write from something different or wants to add other information.
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Profile Improvement Project
Ethan Allen's profile came to my attention, because someone added the category "Profiles Lacking Inline Citations." That's just one of the many categories that are worked on by the Profile Improvement Project. Some of the other categories are "Unsourced," "Gedcom cleanup required," Long "Profiles in Need of Cleanup," and a multitude of ways in which profiles can be improved. This is a lot fun, quite rewarding, and a nice break from working on one's own line. There are also a couple of sub-projects: Unknowns and db_errors. Take a look at the Project Page. Interested? Click here or you can send me a private message.