Challenge of the Week: Clean-up merged profiles

+9 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our "Data Doctors" Challenge of the week?

This is one of the most popular and valuable challenges we do: cleaning up messy merged-together profiles.

Aleš has prepared a list of profiles from all around our shared tree that were merged but never had their biographies and sources consolidated. Click here for the list.

Click here for tips on how the biographies and sources section should look. Most importantly, all profiles should have one and only one == Biography == headline and one == Sources == section with one <references /> tag directly beneath it.

After you delete the junk and consolidate any useful biographical text and sources, set the status as corrected. That will earn you 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. It's nice to cheer each other on. Or post if you have any questions about how to participate.

Thanks for helping!

Real-time tracking results: See your stats
alongside other participants here.

WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_811_XIV
in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
reshown by Aleš Trtnik  spreadsheet link 

Aleš updated it and I fixed a few things so everything should be all set.. Below is a link on the G2G post explaining how to do Data Doctor Challenges with screenshots. 

Challenge Tracker

Spreadsheet Video part 1

Spreadsheet Video part 2

It looks like the tracker has been down all day


The Tracker is still working  - just the status reporter stopped at 17.05.2019 02:55:13 - Slovenian time

So tracker is tracking contributions only, but there is no way to get to Sourcer Challenge/Saturday Sourcing or get Status done on our DD work.

Any chance it is going to up soon?

Update: It did come back up for awhile. Seems to be down again....

Update: Sunday, still down....
Status links are still down lunch time GMT any chance of them coming back online today as it is last day of the challenge

16 Answers

+4 votes
Well it looks as if I've entered this week, since I was just cleaning up my own suggestions list and hit a few of this kind of error. In fact I like Data Doctor work, there are far too many sloppy profiles on the site for my liking.

See you at the end of the week!
by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 4 (46.4k points)
+4 votes
I'm in for cleaning up some of these
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 3 (37.4k points)
+4 votes
I would like to try some of these this week!
by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
+3 votes
I am in will link it to the work related to the bio builder May challange surnames begining with M
by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 6 (66.2k points)
+3 votes
I'm working on the list.
by Robin Rainford G2G6 (9.1k points)
+3 votes
I'm in for a few...
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (185k points)
+2 votes
I’ll do as many as I can.
by Ginger Lawton G2G6 (6.8k points)
+2 votes
I'm in!!! I've already been cleaning some of my own.
by A Pendleton G2G3 (3.9k points)
+2 votes
Sounds like fun, I’m in.
by Paul Shepard G2G4 (4.4k points)
+2 votes
I'm in gonna work on a few.
by Rosetta Link G2G5 (5.2k points)
+2 votes
I'll work on Virginia.
by Elizabeth Coltrane G2G6 Mach 1 (12.9k points)
+1 vote
I'll work on some of these this week.
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
+1 vote
I'm in I am cleaning up some of these and working on some of my own
by Sharon L Gabert G2G Crew (570 points)
+2 votes
Do you specify when the time period begins?  Not that it matters, but I don't find my name on the list.  I will try to complete some from your list, will check to see whether I am getting messages that these are out of line with my current geographical location or whatever.


by Tim Prince G2G3 (3.9k points)
The 2nd profile I picked off the list had already been cleaned, but not sourced (dead links kept but no sources).  I guess we are meant to mark these too.
most of them are not cleaned and have no sources other than dead links, so am taking time to source them.  Working temporarily from my distant relatives list
Good job Tim and thank you kindly.
+3 votes
I'm in and working on the pre-1500 ones.  Seems like there is a neverending supply of old gedcoms with virtually nothing in them that get merged and then need both cleanup and the unsourced template.
by Mary Jensen G2G6 Mach 7 (76.3k points)
Thanks for working on the pre-1500 profiles.
0 votes
I'll give it a try :)

*UPDATE: I've fixed several profiles and, for some reason, my tally is not incrementing at all in the weekly stats - and is non-existant in the Challenge stats. I am clicking the status button and updating what I've done on all the profiles.
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
edited by Alicia Taylor
Yes, it appears that the Tracker/Status Reporter isn't updating correctly.  And/or taking too long to load.  When this happens, I just keep going and write down name of where left off, when it starts loading again, go back and set the status' that you've done.  It's fine.  Good job!

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