How do we get corrections on the drop down menu on locations?

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I was working on Hill-33851 correcting a 603-too early in birth location error by taking the US off the location name and noticed that all the suggested names, even before it became the US say US on them, one of them says from 1710 and two others from 1755.  How do we get these things corrected so others will not use them and have it show US when it was not supposed to be?
WikiTree profile: Christina Hill
in WikiTree Help by Paula Franklin G2G6 Mach 3 (36.2k points)

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This list is lent to us by FamilySearch, so we can't make any changes.  You can try to get them to correct it, but...

by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Paula Franklin
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In connection with correcting suggestions, the drop-down location list should NOT be used.  The use of the drop-down location list is optional and not a requirement on WikiTree.

The goal is to have the correct location so manually remove US if the location shows that in the field.  If you are working as a Data Doctor in the suggestions, make sure you identify yourself, enter the Suggestion number and definition and what you did to change information on the profile.  This is required.

If you have any questions when working on suggestions, please enter tags "data doctors" and suggestion number [i.e. suggestion 603] so your question reaches the management team.
by Sheryl Moore G2G6 Mach 8 (80.1k points)
First thing I do is put Data Doctor and the suggestion and then what I did to correct it.

I did not mean that I was going by what was in the drop down box but someone entering data will probably keep clicking on it because all of it was correct except the US, so it will just keep making errors and that is why I was asking if there was a way to fix it.

I just hate that more people not paying attention to anything but city and state or even thinking about it, will click on it and make another suggestion for someone to fix.  Oh well, it will just give me something to do in my older age. LOL

I did tag data doctors but I did not think about tagging the suggestion number even though I did put it in the message. Thanks for the suggestion.  I will try to remember it the next time.
You are doing it correctly, Paula and did not mean that you were not.  

Because the drop-down menu cannot be "corrected" in WikiTree and the nature of suggestions, it is great to restate to NOT use it when working on suggestions involving locations.  This has come up a lot and good to remember.

Thank you for your Data Doctors contributions and work in WikiTree!
I think this stuff needs to be stated to more people myself and especially those that work on challenges.  It is good that you are taking the time to do it.  I have seen so many that just have corrected on them and you think, corrected what?  And the changes don't show you what was done.  I am guilty of that also with the first ones I did but I learned better fast.

I think the videos are a great leaning tool also and if I go to a suggestion where I don't normally work and they have a video I make sure to watch it first before making any changes to make sure I am handling the correction the right way.

The video about putting the dd, the problem, and the correction on all suggestions you change should be required watching for all data doctors and anyone else wanting to do challenges.  My opinion entirely but it seems it would save some problems down the line.
Thank you, Paula!

That is the plan for this year in the Data Doctor Project.

Karen Hoy does a great job with videos, and Linda is creating the framework for the corresponding Suggestion Pages.  All will have a page per Suggestion with a companion video for each, or similar, suggestions.

We will be releasing the new format with a "key" page in the near future which will be announced as soon as it is available.

It is required that Data Doctors are familiar with the instructions and suggestions they work on and hope that all WikiTree members take advantage of the videos and pages when working on their own suggestions or participating in challenges.

Happy they are helping you and thank you for watching!

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