"Red" hyperlinks ?? What are they?

+3 votes
I adopted a profile and discovered several family members names in red hyperlinks at the bottom of the page. The people listed (in red) are actual family members but when you click on the hyperlink it opens a page that says Add an Unrelated Person.  

I would like to add each family members into the correct category but I'm stuck. I went ahead and added a new profile her his wife.... her name is Bessie Jane Savage... you can find her in the normal placement and again in the red hyperlink.

If I add everyone individually will I be accidentally creating duplicates?

Should I delete the bio with the misleading hyperlinks?
WikiTree profile: Harce Tindell
in WikiTree Help by Lyn Robinson G2G1 (1.2k points)

Maybe I'm not understanding? I tried to view your suggestion and it says "This page does not exist."


My understanding is that those red links denote a profile that does not yet exist.  It's always best to run a search first, though, before creating the new profile.

3 Answers

+5 votes
Best answer
When the WikiTree ID (e.g., Tindell-118) is second, rather than first in a link, then it shows as red.  Look at the following...

[[A Tindell|Tindell-118]]

[[Tindell-118|A Tindell]]
by Roger Shipman G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
selected by Kathy Rabenstein
Roger's example is only one type of error that might be found in a link.  Any time you see a red link on WikiTree, it means that the link is broken.  As RJ said below, if a profile is deleted then any links to it will be red.  The reason for that is the link does not exist.
+3 votes
I had this happen to me earlier today and found . . . I had misspelled the name so that there was no match.  If there is no reference for the name or for a category, it shows in red to tell you there is a problem and to check it (reversed order, misspelling, not yet created, etc.).
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (259k points)
+3 votes
In this case the links are red because the profiles have been deleted (rather than merged away).

This happens to private profiles when users close their accounts.

You can create a new profile, but it will have a new ID, so it won't fix the red link.

To get rid of the red link, you just have to go into the bio and edit it out.

Perhaps there'll be a Suggestion for these.  There could be one already for all I know.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (567k points)
Thank you. That makes sense to me. Ill start working on this!

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