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Ampersand in Category Name

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Description of Error - 8002: Ampersand in Category Name

Category Name contains an ampersand (&) instead of the word 'and'.


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Possible Causes

Special characters, including the ampersand (&) are not allowed in category names. In many cases, the ampersand (&) is introduced by a user who has copy/pasted information from another website or program.

The incorrect format is:

[[Samuel & Phebe Parsons Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky]]

The correct format is:

[[Samuel and Phebe Parsons Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky]]

Action Steps

To fix this error, the page must be renamed.

  1. If the correct page name already exists, add {{Rename Category|Correct Category Name}} to the category page;
  2. If the correct page name does not already exist:
    • Copy all content from the page;
    • Replace the content with {{Rename Category|Correct Category Name}};
    • After you save, click on the red [[Category Link]] on the page and paste all information that was copied from the previous page.

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Technical Stuff

All categories are checked for ampersand (&) in the category name.

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