Could someone please look at this formatting for me?

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Since my head hurts from beating against one of my brick walls I'm working on cleaning up my existing profiles on WT. Silly me, I thought I was really cooking with gas adding additional sources recently but apparently I'm formatting it all wrong. I have errors on every one. Could someone more knowledgeable please look at my latest attempt at fixing this and tell me if this is how it's supposed to be?
WikiTree profile: Della Pittman
asked in Policy and Style by Tina Schreckengost G2G2 (2.6k points)

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The suggestion on Della's profile says you have <ref></ref>s after the <references/> tag.  I can see from the Changes tab that you used to have them, but have removed them, so my best guess is that you did not click 'Status' (the button on the right hand side) to tell the computer that you have fixed the error.
answered by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (551k points)
Thanks! That's basically what I wanted to know. Is the problem solved and have I re-formatted correctly?
You might like to check the Suggestions report for Della.  Did you click the button on the right hand side?
I pulled up the suggestions, that's how I found all the database errors. I have updated the status since my original post. I thought I had it fixed them in the wee hours of the morning but after more reading I had a better understanding of what I needed to do. I just wanted someone who knew more than me to look at it before I updated the status AGAIN lol Thank you!

Hi Tina, I did make one minor change in syntax for formatting your source:

*Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/5164/42342_2321306652_0670-01427/3128732?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/120282347/person/130196533850/facts/citation/560424473361/edit/record Image]

You really don't need the brackets when you place a url in a reference.  If you do only a (1) will show up and it hides the url in the view and folks can't easily see where they going when they click it.

Example Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (1)  

If you notice above, I added a space after the end of the url and added the word Image.  Now it will appear on the view as

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 Image 

Gives folks a better sense of what they are clicking on.

With any url in brackets, just add a space and then type in a description of the link and that will show up in view mode.  . 

Thanks LJ! I get it & I completely understand the idea of giving folks a better idea of what a link leads to. That looks great! Neat and crystal clear. I know we are supposed to avoid links that lead to paid sites anyway but her death certificate isn't to be found anywhere else.

But... I don't comprehend "You really don't need the brackets when you place a url in a reference." I went by the formatting tips on the right side of the edit page that says

Link to anywhere on the web like this:

Was I too literal? Are the brackets shown here not to be included when you put a link on the profile?
Using the citation machine is what got me into trouble in the first place. I thought that would be a surefire way to add a source without having to worry about proper formatting.
This is going over my head at the speed of light. I am not understanding what it is I need to do :(   I want to do this right. I want everything to look good and be uniform and of course, be accurate. I don't like all those extra words in the sources on Della's page but if that is what must be to have it right...So be it. Sorry! I am thick as a brick with unfamiliar things but once I get it through my skull I'm usually good LOL

But... I don't comprehend "You really don't need the brackets when you place a url in a reference." I went by the formatting tips on the right side of the edit page that says

Link to anywhere on the web like this:

Was I too literal? Are the brackets shown here not to be included when you put a link on the profile?

If you look closely at that example, there is a space between the link and the "Family Search", so what you see there and what LJ explained are the same thing .. but you NEED the space. 

Well, yes and no and it is a matter of taste and where the url resides on the Profile.

Say you had someone who was a farrier by trade and you wanted to note this in his Bio. Darn few people know what that means and you wanted to link to the Mariam-Webster site for the definition:

John Smith was a farrier by trade. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farrier

Well, that looks a little tacky so you want to use the brackets here.

John Smith was a [https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farrier farrier] by trade.   Will look like this:  John Smith was a farrier by trade.

But when embedded in a reference notation <ref> </ref>, some folks like myself, prefer to see the url so I know where I am going when I click it.  So you can have a naked url, as it is some times called, in there.  Some folks think that is still tacky as well and use the example I showed in the earlier post.

So in the written Biography section the brackets should be used with the written description.  If in a reference as a source url, it is really a personal option. But if you use it there, add the description to make it easier on your viewer.

And about links to paid sites, if that is all you have, then use it.  I chuckle as many times the folks who complain the most usually have a Profile that references a book that is not available online and I have no way to get a copy of it because it has been out of print for over a hundred years.  Yet that reference I can't readily verify is perfectly OK to them.  It's 6 of one and a half dozen of another.  LOL

Happy formatting Tina.

Oh and here is someone in my tree Roy Schrengost/Schreckengost

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