I was able to clean up a Pre-1500 Cleanup of 811 error using biography cleaner even though I am not Pre-1500 certified.

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I added the profile ID to the bio formatter link http://wikitree.sdms.si/function/WTBioEdit/BioFormater.htm?WikiTreeID=Hjalmthersson-2  and it cleaned up the biography.  I made a few other standard removal of items of Ancestry.com tree notations which are not actual sources, and hit the "Correct" button.  It saved the changes I made.  I then tried to go back and change something else in the profile and then when I hit the EDIT button, I got the PRE-1500 certification message since I'm not certified.

WikiTree profile: Eylimas Hjalmthersson
in WikiTree Tech by Karen Lorenz G2G6 Mach 5 (59.6k points)
retagged by Robin Lee
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Karen! :-)
Karen, even if you accidentally removed information that should have not been, it is fixable.  It will be in the changes log and can be restored.  No worries :-)

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HUMMMM....I will let the technical folks provide an answer.   But, I do want to say that I am concerned about the "cleaner" use for Pre-1500, or any unsourced profile, as it erases clues that may help at a later date.

Specifically, knowing that part of the source was records for another person, is important for tying the family and people together.  (Hjordis Eylimasdatter)  Also, knowing that the tree originally existed on Ancestry.com is always a clue.   I think this is the first time I have seen the "cleaner" in action, and I do have concerns.
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (644k points)
selected by Maggie N.
Those parts of the profile were deleted manually by the user, not by the BioCleaner.
This is what bio cleaner removed.
  • Removed lines:
  • Line 47:<!-- 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. -->
  • Line 132:<!-- 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. -->
  • Line 149:<!-- 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. -->
  • Line 166:<!-- 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. -->
  • Line 30:''This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.''
  • Line 115:''This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.''
  • Line 136:''This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.''
  • Line 153:''This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.''
  • Removed text:
  • Line 49:The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.
  • Line 1:The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.
  • Multiple sections (Merging): 5 sections.
  • Removed section Data Changed Line 0:
    === Data Changed===
    <!--WT Data Changed 2 WT-->
    : Data Changed:
    :: Date: 28 Jul 2011
    ::: Time: 16:41:11
    Prior to import, this record was last changed 16:41:11 28 Jul 2011.
     
  • Removed section User ID Line 0:
    === User ID===
    <!--WT User ID 2 WT-->
    : User ID: E0527A48DB5479448C71004D214BB4256F0A
     
  • Double empty lines: Line 27, Line 62, Line 17, Line 18, Line 19, Line 23, Line 24, Line 25, Line 101, Line 102, Line 109, Line 110, Line 111, Line 112, Line 131, Line 133, .
  • Removed empty Line at beggining 2.
And this was generated biography.

== Biography ==
<!--WT Biography 1 WT-->
: Name:  Eylimi /Hjalmthersson/
:: Source: [[#S5]]
::: Page:  Ancestry Family Trees
::: Data:
:::: Text:  http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=6835128&pid=-1151522275
::: Note: [[#N99]]

<!--WT Biography 4 WT-->
=== Event ===
: Event:
:: Type:  Record Change
:: Date:  22 AUG 2002

<!--WT Biography 5 WT-->
=== Event ===
: Event:
:: Type:  Record Change
:: Date:  22 AUG 2002

=== Name ===
<!--WT Name 2 WT-->
: Name:  Eylimi /Hjalmthersson/
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Hjordis Eylimasdatter
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Eylimi Hjalmthersson

=== Birth ===
<!--WT Birth 2 WT-->
: Birth:
:: Date:  688
:: Place:  Ringerike, Buskerud, Norway
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Hjordis Eylimasdatter
: Birth:
:: Place:  Buskerud, Buskerud, Norway
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Eylimi Hjalmthersson
Found multiple copies of BIRT DATE. Using 688
Could not parse date out of Birth Date (688).<br>

<!--WT Birth 3 WT-->
: Birth:
:: Date:  688 or 675
:: Place:  Ringerike, Buskerud, Norway
Could not interpret date in Birth Date (688 or 675).<br>

=== Death ===
<!--WT Death 2 WT-->
: Death:
:: Date:  709
:: Place:  Norway
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Hjordis Eylimasdatter
:: Source: [[#S48]]
::: Page:  Database online.
::: Data:
:::: Text:  Record for Eylimi Hjalmthersson
Could not parse date out of Death Date (709).<br>

== Sources ==
<references />
<!--WT Sources 1 WT-->
: Source <span id='S5'>S5</span>
: Title:  Ancestry Family Trees
: Publication:  Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.  Original data:  Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;
: NOTEThis information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files.  Note:  The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.

=== Notes ===
: Note <span id='N99'>N99</span>

<!--WT Sources 2 WT-->
: Source <span id='S48'>S48</span>
: Author:  Ancestry.com
: Title:  Public Member Trees
: Publication:  Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date:2006;
: Repository: [[#R1]]

: Repository <span id='R1'>R1</span>
: Name:  www.ancestry.com
: Address:
: E-Mail Address:
: Phone Number:

<!--WT Sources 3 WT-->
* Source: <span id='S-2087525741'>S-2087525741</span> Repository: [[#R-2142232775]] Title:  Ancestry Family Trees Publication:  Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.  Original data:  Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note:  This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files.  Note:  The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.   Page:  Ancestry Family Trees Note:   Data:   Text:  http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=27418815&pid=2645
* Repository: <span id='R-2142232775'>R-2142232775</span> Name:  Ancestry.com Address:  http://www.Ancestry.com Note:

== Acknowledgments ==
<!--WT Birth 0 WT-->
* This person was created through the import of LJ Pellman Consolidated Family_2011-03-21.ged on 21 March 2011.  
<!--WT  2 WT-->
* WikiTree profile Hjalmthersson-5 created through the import of wikitree.ged on Aug  1, 2011 by [[Brown-8212 | Abby Brown]]. See the [http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:NetworkFeed&who=Hjalmthersson-5 Changes page] for the details of edits by Abby and others.
<!--WT Birth 2 WT-->
* This person was created through the import of David Rentschler Family Tree_2010-09-30.ged on 01 October 2010.  
<!--WT  3 WT-->
* WikiTree profile Hjalmthersson-6 created through the import of jefflorrie(1).ged on Sep 10, 2011 by [[Johnson-9001 | Jeff Johnson]]. See the [http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:NetworkFeed&who=Hjalmthersson-6 Changes page] for the details of edits by Jeff and others.
<!--WT  4 WT-->
* WikiTree profile Hjalmthersson-4 created through the import of Sara Betty Northrup_2011-07-29.ged on Jul 29, 2011 by [[Connolly-194 | Alexis Connolly]]. See the [http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:NetworkFeed&who=Hjalmthersson-4 Changes page] for the details of edits by Alexis and others.
<!--WT  5 WT-->
* WikiTree profile Hjalmthersson-3 created through the import of Elbert Clayton Smith_s tree_2011-07-29.ged on Jul 29, 2011 by [[Connolly-194 | Alexis Connolly]]. See the [http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:NetworkFeed&who=Hjalmthersson-3 Changes page] for the details of edits by Alexis and others.
Thanks as always, now, I am really concerned that a Pre-1500 profile can be cleaned with the cleaner....and a non-Pre-1500 badged person can remove things from the profile using the cleaner....
I agree Aleš.  Is there anyway to set the Bioformatter so it can only be used on Pre-1700 profiles or Pre-1500 profiles if a person is certified?  Just anyone being able to use it on those profiles scares me quite a bit.
I also agree, particularly as it seems once using the biocleaner, anyone can then delete or change other sections of the biography.
I strongly agree!
Me too. And I'm the one who started this thread.  I hope what Emma proposes can be done.
A major feature of WikiTree is collaboration -- now in our byline, Where genealogists collaborate.  Now, it is clear that the profile in question needed attention, and with the bio-cleaner it got attention -- but where was the collaboration?  A profile that used to have very weak and inadequate sources now has no sources at all.  You have to back into changes to determine where the current information came from.

Sometimes on a human to human basis, I don't collaborate because (1) I'm in a hurry, (2) I don't think it will matter to the profile managers, and (3) if I put it off it will never get done.  Machines actually can be stronger here.

The machine can send a note to the profile managers, "Hi, I'm your friendly bio-cleaner.  I will come and clean this bio of gedcom debris on (date two weeks away) unless you tell me not to.  If you don't want me to, just respond to this email with "don't".  If you accept my help, you don't need to do anything."  And the bio cleaner will come back in two weeks and do it.  I'm confident that kind of programming can be easily set up.
I agree, and could the bio cleaner please be quickly set up so that it can't be used on pre-1500 and even pre-1700 profiles, before it can be fine-tuned as Emma suggests?

And Jack, great suggestions.
As another note on this particular profile, all the ancestry.com links that I removed were dead links. I have a paid Ancestry.com account. I was planning on searching for real source information on this profile at a later date, then found out that I was blocked from further edits.  If I did any damage to this profile, I apologize.
The problem is not in bioCleaner. It is in MergeEdit. I notified Chris about it. If the fix wount be quick, I will disable the feature.

@Karen,

No damage done.   Just making sure that everyone knows that even if the links are broken, it is just a "clue" to know that the original data came from Ancestry.com when there are no "other" sources on a profile.   I usually just a source that says, Ancestry.com family trees.  

Thanks, Ales. IMO, this should be disabled until the feature is fixed.

Doesn't work now. Tried it with Bla Blue-1 and then Smør-38 in case it was the underscore.

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