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What is the Data Doctors Challenge?

In April 2017 we hosted a Spring Clean-a-Thon to investigate and fix database errors found by Aleš in his WikiTree+ data analyses. It was a great success. Hundreds of members participated and tens of thousands of errors were corrected. Our shared tree is cleaner because of it.

Now we host weekly mini-challenges that are easy for anyone to participate in.

Early in the week we post the details in a G2G message. Everyone who helps appears in the leaderboard. The participant who does the most that week gets a trophy badge.

Below are the details on this week's challenge and how to participate. To make sure you hear about next week's challenge, follow the tag data_doctors or challenges.

Do you have a suggestion for a challenge? Add it here.


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Challenge start date is approximate. It generally starts within few hours of posting new errors. It depends on when Aleš manages to prepare the errors.

Participation and Tracking

To participate, first click to the table on the report page for the current week.

The rows of this table show categories of errors, warnings, and suggested changes.

The columns show centuries, e.g. 1700-1799.

The cells have the number of profiles of people who were born or died in that century that have that error or suggestion.

Click on one of these numbers. That will show you the table of profiles. In the last column of this table are "STATUS" buttons.

When you correct an error, simply set the status and enter a comment for it.

There are five status options:

  • Comment (no change in status): This enables you to add a comment without changing the status.
  • Not corrected: This sets the error as not corrected. It will continue to be shown in all lists.
  • Corrected (hide until next recheck): This sets the error as corrected so it will be hidden from error reports until the next week. After that it will be shown again if it was not actually corrected.
  • False error (hide forever): This sets the error as a false error. It will be hidden from WikiTree+ error reports forever.
  • Proposed merge (hide for 30 days): This hides the error for 30 days thus giving a merge time to be completed. The error will be hidden from prepared error lists.

Each time you work on an error and set the status, you'll earn a contribution point.

Only the errors in the special report for the challenge (this week: Merge_Proposals_I) count for the challenge.

Tracking Results and Winners

Current challenge results

Previous challenge results

Challenge winners

Each weekly challenge ends Sunday at 11:59 pm EDT. The participant with the most points will be the winner for that week and earn the badge.


Here are the winners of previous challenges:

1World War II1,797NJ J. Penny689
2Father's Day1,340Emma McBeath275
3Merged Biographies3,959Darren Kellett652
4Vacation3,362Natalie J. Trott (Durbin)678
5Independence6,523NJ J. Penny2,042
6Marriage5,379Hans Hofmann1,125
7Merged Biographies2,490Darren J. Kellett235
8Notables1,735Paula J. Cullen472
9Names11,039Emma McBeath1,927
10Dates3,917Joe Cochoit1,061
11FindAGrave2,738Paula J. Cullen476
12Merged Biographies3,793Natalie J. Trott (Durbin)546
13Locations17,351Carolyn Martin 4,585
14Reference Tags16,151Dorothy Barry 2,466
15Orphans7,494NJ J Penny 1.001
16Merged Biographies 2.139G Redmond 376
17Locations22,366Morgan Mulligan 4,006
18Marriages2,870Amy Weimer 595
19Merged Biographies2,892Linda Barnett487
20Names6,140Dana J. Johnson847
21Dates1,693Joe Cochoit201
22Locations9,423Linda Green1,172
23Reference Tags9,430Morgan Mulligan1,603
24Merged Biographies2,154Esmé G. van der Westhuizen257
25Orphaned Profiles8,595 Deb Love 1,717
26Marriages2,564 Darren Kellett 501
27Find A Grave2,086 Jo M. Gill 198
28Names4,710 Linda Barnett 653
29Dates1,495 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 444
30Locations11,772 Martin White 2,801
31Reference Tags11,008 Carolyn Martin 2,156
32Merged Biographies4,023 Kevin Sweet 931
33Orphaned Profiles8,688 Carolyn Martin 1,420
34Marriages 2,056Kevin Sweet 583
35FindAGrave2,484 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 327
36Names2,531 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 548
37Merged Biographies1,023 Melissa Mutimer 159
38Dates1,048 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 230
39Locations10,636 NJ Penny 1,189
40Reference Tags8,658 Carolyn Martin 2,152
41Orphaned Profiles7,522 Rodney Long 1,810
42Marriages4,998 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 930
43Death Dates
44Merged Profiles

Please join the challenge! Everyone on WikiTree wins with a cleaner shared family tree.

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