Challenge of the week: Clean up as many location names as possible [closed]

+9 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our "Data Doctors" Challenge? This week's challenge focuses on location fields.

Aleš has prepared a report of profiles from around the tree that have potential errors in their locations. These are usually simple typos that are easy to fix. But a thinking genealogist needs to give them a quick "reality check" and consider the intent of the original member and the sources before making any changes. Will you try some?

Click here for the list.

After making a change, click the "challenge tracker" button and then the edit the status. This will record a point. The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get the badge and the bragging rights. But we'll all benefit from a neater, cleaner shared tree.

If you're participating, please post here to let us know. This helps us coordinate and cheer each other on. Or post if you have any questions about how to participate.

Thanks for helping!

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WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_Location_IX
closed with the note: Challenge is finished
asked in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
closed by Eowyn Langholf
I'm curious about how to participate.  Also regards exactly how to make it so the error is fixed so it doesn't show up again?  Is it required to do something with the status button (as with the one I see on my suggestions list (which is NOT currently loading)), or is just fixing it enough to make the error go away?



edit: I guess this is not for me.   I thought fixing misspelt place names was something I could actually do, but I don't do googledocs at all (or google groups).
Challenge is active. Chris published it too soon.  spreadsheet link 

All updated and ready to go. Below is a link on the G2G post explaining how to do Data Doctor Challenges with screenshots. 

Challenge Tracker

I'm in, I look forward to the weekly challenges, to help edit profiles with errors
I tried to participate in this challenge but struggled to see exactly what I was trying to do. More step by step guidance notes from somebody please - or a pointer to where they already are please.

But - I suspect that I am contributing to the problem as I create new profiles.

My big issue is the limited options given by the certain and uncertain buttons.  Typically the information I have about a person is their baptism date/place and their burial date/place.  It is a reasonable assumption in the vast majority of cases that the individual was born in the parish where they were baptised  and died in the parish where they were buried.  Not in 100% but 90?95? 99?   Dismissing the location as 'uncertain' is not detailed enough.

So I enter the death location as "Sherston (based on burial)" or the birth as "Tetbury, based on baptism".  Often I only know of a marriage by the joint naming of parents in their children's baptisms but I know ( or think I know) where they were themselves baptised.  If the parishes are all close together I might want to put "Wiltshire (estimated from other locations)"  This is more than just dismissing the entered location - tight or broad- as 'uncertain'.  It might be extra radio button category of 'reasoned assumption' with a box next to it for the rationale.  Just leaving it to go in the main free text biography box does not seem satisfactory.

This needs structural change, not just individual workarounds.
Most of the errors I attempt to fix don't have a edit button. If we all pm the same person and he doesn't respond how do the errors get fixed?
I finally found the Suggestions link on my own menu and made a bunch of corrections to what I had done.

Ready to give it a shot in a Challenge now.
Hi when I click the tracker button it gives me options for which projects I work on. It won't post if I don't click an option. Which option am I suppose to click? None seem related to this challenge.

Thank you
Not sure where this will appear in the comments but this is in response to David Brush's observations on the location. I personally like the certain/uncertain buttons as the binary choice offers simplicity. You either know the fact, or you do not. If it's reasonably certain, you can always comment in the text - I do not see why this is unsatisfactory.

I think there's a tendency in all of us who deal with genealogy that we want to know the answers and/or want to close off uncertainties - but being happy with these uncertainties is surely the key. I have no idea what the % of people is that die in the parish they are buried in but I am reasonably certain it is well below 90%. You might argue you have a reasoned assumption (he/she was buried in X so he/she died in X) but it is surely more persuasive to say just because he/she is buried in X does not mean he/she died there...for example, one of my wife's relatives is marked in a grave in County Donegal, Ireland when his ashes are in fact in a vase held by another relative in the US.

Embrace the uncertainty!

Can someone please tell me where I'd find WikiTree chat?  Do we have a 24/7 live chat place, for example:  Discord, Hangouts, etc.?  

On spreadsheets and updating my information, my message/chat area wasn't found.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Happy  Holiday's!

19 Answers

+5 votes
Status should be updated, so they know it was fixed, but on the next data load, it should also go away.

They are probably doing the next data load of suggestions, which is why it isn't loading currently.
answered by Linda Peterson G2G6 (7.9k points)
+6 votes
I’ll take part. I enjoy doing these challenges in my spare time.
answered by Ginger Lawton G2G2 (2.5k points)
+6 votes

Count me in! 


answered by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 3 (31.5k points)
+6 votes
I'll help with MN locations.

12/6/18-Finished MN. Going to work on Ohio locations
answered by Cory Fulmer G2G4 (4.5k points)
edited by Cory Fulmer
+6 votes
I'm doing some, Australian profiles.
answered by Margaret Haining G2G6 (9.1k points)
+5 votes
I'm in, I look forward to the weekly challenges to help edit profiles with errors
answered by Sandie Schwarz G2G6 (10k points)
+5 votes
This is something even I can do!  Count me in.
answered by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Mach 2 (21.2k points)
+3 votes
I would like to help.  Count me in!
answered by Michelle Enke G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)
+4 votes
Late getting in, but I’ll participate as time allows.
answered by Pip Sheppard G2G6 Pilot (831k points)
+3 votes
Im in! Id like to fix Texas info.
answered by Aurora Chancy G2G3 (3.4k points)
+3 votes
I'm happy to contribute!
answered by William Vaughan G2G2 (2.5k points)
+2 votes
I looked at a few of the linked profiles, but didn't see anything that needed editing.
answered by William Vaughan G2G2 (2.5k points)
+2 votes
I'll attack the Scottish ones again :-)
answered by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 3 (34.8k points)
in. I've been working on the Massachusetts 603's for several weeks, since the total 603's were over 100K. I hope we put a major dent in the number this week.
I have been working on the connected errors for a few weeks.  Last week, we got the 663 - USA too early in marriage location completely cleared for 'open' profiles.  Those are huge numbers, but it feels good to see them get  cleared.  Working on the 633 Death errors this week.
+2 votes
I'm in for this challenge.
answered by Jim Angelo G2G6 Mach 1 (17k points)
+2 votes
I'm in, enjoy the easier fixes. My internet is too slow to do much investigating.
answered by Kathy Schleicher G2G3 (3k points)
+2 votes
Count me in, my spelling nazi tendencies are already coming out to play!
answered by Sandra Hannah G2G Crew (740 points)
+2 votes
Happy to assist.
answered by Robyn Lang G2G Crew (640 points)
+2 votes
I'm late to the party, but I'll do a few today.
answered by Kathleen Cobcroft G2G6 Mach 3 (35.4k points)
+1 vote
13,420 for the week! Good work team.
answered by Dana Burns G2G2 (2.9k points)

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