Why are there so many mismatched reference tags

+3 votes
I carefully research and document sources for my profiles. When I click on the C within the square (cite your source with an inline reference) and enter my source, what goes wrong that my source is not properly cited?
asked in WikiTree Help by Susan Wilson G2G6 (6.2k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+10 votes
Best answer
There should be a <ref> at the beginning of the citation and at the end </ref>. I see you took them out, but I can also see that they didn't always match.

Also using them after the <references/> tag does not work. They have to be before <references />
answered by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1m points)
selected by E Martin
0 votes
maybe they got jumbled somehow - if you put one inadvertently within another that would mess it up

simply each one has the <ref> before it and the </ref> after it, so click edit and scroll down, some folks like to use a new line for each on the edit page so they stand out and that way you can see and find each one and make sure it is matched up with its partner - have to have the front and back for each source citation - and the C thing should do that but sometimes we accidentally click in the wrong place before we hit that C so it goes in in between another set of front and back for another source - pretty sure that is it - I have done it and it left me confused until I found it - spread them out by hitting return so each is on its own line to help find them if you like

hope that makes sense to you
answered by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Mach 7 (78.3k points)

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