The Special:MergeSpace function does not appear to be working [closed]

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I'm trying to merge to free space profiles. I used the link provided elsewhere on g2g (http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:MergeSpace) to accomplish this. However, I'm getting an error (image attached).  Any ideas?

EDIT: Apparently the image attachment function also does not work. Image of error can be found here.

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asked 5 days ago in WikiTree Help by Jenn Jackson G2G Crew (560 points)
closed 3 days ago by Jenn Jackson

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Hello Jenn.

You are getting that error because the IDs of the Free-Space profiles you are trying to merge have special characters (periods, commas, etc.). Please carefully follow the instructions provided in the form:

Note that if the IDs have special characters, e.g. periods and commas, you will need to enter them like "Space:St. Stephen Church, Toledo, Ohio" instead of "Space:St._Stephen_Church%2C_Toledo%2C_Ohio"

You'll complete the merge with no issues.

answered 5 days ago by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (311,320 points)

I see now. I did see that note elsewhere, but misunderstood it to mean that I would have to use the coded version (i.e. Space:St._Stephen_Church%2C_Toledo%2C_Ohio). While this mistake can easily be contributed to me not fully comprehending the statement,  I would recommend to WikiTree admins that highlighting, or at least stating more clearly, that the spaces and special characters are not only permissible in these fields but required. It is pretty counter from what is typical on a lot of platforms (where the use of spaces and special characters are discouraged).

That being said, I can't quite think of a better way to state it. If I think of one I might come back and add it, as just a suggestion. 

Anyhow, now I'm just rambling. Thanks for your help Rubén! It's much appreciated.

Glad to have been of help. You're welcome Jenn.

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