Why in Biography is mother last name unknown which tells me only group supervisors can change?

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Profile name is James Ray Bricker #1078; his mother's name is clearly stated yet Biography states unknown
WikiTree profile: James Bricker
in Genealogy Help by Judy Caddies G2G Rookie (290 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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It looks like you accidentally removed some important Wiki-formatting code when you edited the profile. I went in and made some changes. For your future reference, I'll try to explain the situation:

When you created profile, apparently you attached him to a different mother. The second sentence was automatically generated by WikiTree based on the information you entered. On the editing screen, it read:

He was the son of [[Bricker-1027|James Bricker]] and [[Unknown-219845|Mary Unknown]].

Code like [[Bricker-1027|James Bricker]] generates a link to the profile for the father (Bricker-1027 -- that's the part in brackets before the | ) and it displays his name in the text (that's the part in brackets after the | ). When you edited that sentence, it looks like you removed the number for "Unknown-219845", which caused that code to return an error, but the word "Unknown" was still present after the |.

I edited that sentence to include the names and links that appear in the data section of the profile.

Another change I made was to restore the code that creates a numbered footnote. The codes <ref>  and </ref> tell WikiTree that everything between those codes (that is, after the <ref> and before the </ref>) should be a footnote. When there's a <ref> to start a footnote without a </ref> to close it, content disappears.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Tom Bredehoft
Well said, easily understood. Many thanks.
Excellent answer. I had a go at changing it but got an editing conflict. I'm glad you did it as I certainly didn't understand the full  sequence of events and your explanation helped me.
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Judy, I think this is fixed already.
by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (277k points)

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