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WideMinus in Category Name

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Description of Error - 8003: WideMinus in Category Name

Category Name contains either an En Dash () or Em Dash () instead of a hyphen (-).


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Possible Causes

Special characters, including the En Dash () and Em Dash () are not allowed in category names. In many cases, the En Dash () or Em Dash () is introduced by a user who has copy/pasted information from another website or program, such as Microsoft Word (which provides automatic formatting).

The incorrect format is:

[[Category:WinstonSalem, North Carolina]]
[[Category:BadenWürttemberg, Germany]]

The correct format is:

[[Category:Winston-Salem, North Carolina]]
[[Category:Baden-Württemberg, Germany]]

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 En Dash () or and Dash () in the category name.

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