Advice on Section Headings within the narrative part of a profile

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Is there a heading for a special text section appearing before the biography text?  I have occasionally used an initial section to explain problems with commonly found data in places like Ancestry.com that I do not wish to have to deal with again here.  I include things like what the problem is, how the problem came to be, whether there is correct or better informed data available to view before proceeding to the biography.  in the past I have used the Research Notes heading for this initial section a couple of times, but I am aware that the Research Notes heading is commonly used below the biography narrative.  However, I definitely feel the need for some text after the basic BMD section but before the Biography to grab the attention of zealous newbies who may begin making "corrections" before reading the complete profile.

Perhaps ===Read First== or maybe ==Caveat==.  Or maybe I'm getting myself worked up over minor details and should just forget about it.  Tried to find something specific about this in the help but couldn't recognize anything.
in Policy and Style by Art Black G2G6 Mach 3 (37.0k points)

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Art, I have a few profiles that I wanted to include something front and center and instead of using a heading, I use a centered bold text paragraph with lines of stars above and below it.  You can see an example in THIS PROFILE and you can look at the edit page to see how I did it.

by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (788k points)
selected by Art Black
Hi Gaile, many thanks for the reply!  I really like your idea.  I checked out your example profile and was immediately struck with the thought that "This is exactly what I need!".  I'm going to give it a try this weekend for sure.
It would be hard to miss that!  saving this G2G so I cn use this myself on messed up profiles after I fix them

Navarro, I think you will find this quite useful.  I just finished using this technique on the profile of a distant ancestor Ebenezer Gary and it came out perfectly.  Took a few tries on the line breaks and eventually figured out that I needed to bold each line of asterisks and text separately instead of trying to bold the whole thing at once, but the result is exactly what I wanted.

Thanks again Gaile!

You're more than welcome Art.  I looked at what you did and tweaked it a little bit.  To make lines more close in length, I had to change wording a little - if you don't like it, feel free to go back to what you had.  You will also see that I added:      in a few places to help line things up.  That is an entity code for a space, and will override however wiki code wants to space things.  You can use it multiple times together to insert extra space between words.

You probably want to put the same notice on the Colonel's profile.

EDITED TO ADD:  I almost forgot to mention - the worst change I made was to your date, where I made Jun into June, which is technically incorrect, but I needed that extra letter to make the line a little longer - don't know if you want to leave it that way.

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