Sourcing information

+6 votes
Why are my detailed sources being removed  from my Devonshire profiles and only reference links put on?  I deliberately put all the information contained in a source on the profiles as I like to be able to read it immediately.  Is this unacceptable now?
I find links on their own inadequate as often it is necessary to sign in to another site to access them and sometimes they just don't work.
asked in Policy and Style by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 2 (24.1k points)
Do you have a link to a profile that shows an example of this?
That's weird, can you post a couple of links to them?

This is why writing a biography with inline sources works well. You tell the facts that were included in the sources that you reference, then enclose the link inside <ref></ref> tags. 

Mind you, it's not unacceptable to copy the entire source then show a link for that source,  but it's not that easy to read, especially when people don't use a new line for each part of the source. It's just easier to read William Smith was born on this date and was baptised at this church on this date,<ref>"Whatever Database." blah blah blah</ref> than to read "First name: William Last name: Smith, Birth year, 1842, Baptism year: 1842, Baptism date: 02 Dec 1842." <ref>"Whatever Database." blah blah blah</ref> Sometimes people don't even give details on the record, they simply say "Whatever Database." 

But we have have different opinions on such things. I usually refer to these help pages:

Regards, Nat


Thank you, that is very helpful, and I understand that adding the sources in full makes for a long profile as I do put each part of the source on a separate line in order to make it easy to read as well as adding the links at the end.

2 Answers

+4 votes
If you select changes on the profiles in question, you can see what has transpired.
answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
+3 votes
Did you run a "suggestion" search on the particular profile? Perhaps a data doctor paid a visit due to the suggestion report. That's the biggest reason unrelated members pay a visit to profiles I manage.
answered by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
They shouldn't be removing information from the profile, whoever they are.

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