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Data Error 823: Heading doesn't start with =

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Date: 2 Nov 2016
Location: Worldwidemap
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Description of Error - 823: Heading doesn't start with =

Wiki syntax defines that a new line starting with a = is a Caption/Heading. The line must also end with equal number of =. This heading does not begin with an equal number of =.


  • "== Header ==": (Correct)
  • " == Header ==": (Wrong Line start with blank)
  • "== Header == Some text": (Wrong Line doesn't end with =)
  • "Some text == Header == ": (Wrong--Line doesn't start with =)
  • "== Header === ": (Wrong different number of = signs)
  • "=== Header == ": (Wrong different number of = signs)
  • "======== ": (Wrong, to separate paragraphs use separator line "----")

Heading without starting = will not work. This error is created so that profiles with non working Wikitext can be found.

Content of info column: Lines (Captions) with the error.

Possible Causes


Action Steps

Correct the Heading in the biography section so it's correctly formatted.

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On 23 Jul 2018 at 14:51 GMT Maurice Allison Jr wrote:


On 11 Nov 2016 at 01:47 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: all better - thanks Aleš! (Problem was in hidden text.)

i have a profile with this error reported but it is not in error and the error report has no options to clear it (see )