Suggestion 870 Missing named Inline citations

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Date: 7 Jan 2019
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Description of Error - 870: Missing named Inline citations

The profile has a named inline reference <ref name="SomeName" />, that is not defined by <ref name="SomeName">...</ref>. Be sure you fully understand naming citations to correct this error.

Content of info column: Name of the undefined reference. For example, if the Info column of the error reads SAR, then there is an occurrence of <ref name="SAR" /> that is not defined elsewhere in the biography by a <ref name="SAR">…</ref>.


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Possible Causes

  • Named inline references is not actually defined.
  • Sometimes the definition was inadvertently removed in a change where a contributor wished to remove a block of text and ended up removing the definition of a reference used elsewhere but that was defined within the block. You can view the profile's change history to see if the reference definition may be found in there.

Action Steps

  • Correct the reference by providing a definition. You should be familiar with named inline references, to tackle these errors.

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Technical Stuff

Checks all references to named inline references <ref name="SomeName" /> in the biography to determine whether the named inline reference definition is present <ref name="SomeName">…</ref>.

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I do not see that the proper way to correct this is to just remove the ref name citation? Yet at least one DD member is doing just that, even on Project Managed profiles...
posted by Maggie Andersson
But is there the actual citation in the bio? If there isn't anything slightly related to it, the only reasonable thing it so remove it. It can often be a leftover of copy/paste from another profile.
posted by Aleš Trtnik
If you are used to sources from a specific location/country you could, at least in this specific case, have replaced the ref name citation with a "proper source" even if the actual citation was not in the bio. Because he/she was not used to researching profiles from this country, it was simply removed instead.
posted by Maggie Andersson
How about a text version of the explanation(s) for correcting errors for those of us with hearing problems.
posted by Walt Joslin
Thank you for your comment Walt

The text for the error is the help page. Linda has placed a very helpful explaination in another earlier comment, which you may find useful.

I appreciate that you may find hearing the voice on the video difficult, I listen to them via headphones both with and without my hearing aids

Your point will be taken into consideration during the help page review

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
edited by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Do you know, that you can turn on the subtitles on the video and then you can read the narration.
posted by Aleš Trtnik
This error is incomprehensible. What is a "named inline citation"? If i don't know what it is how can I have used one? Is there a written explanation of what the named error means with examples that actually defines the terms? Does the actual named error show up in the Selected Suggestion? How can the actual error be found so it can be corrected?
posted by John Kessler Jr.
When 'ref name' is not defined in the profile and the 'ref name' is pretty detailed, ie Barbour, family name, etc, look in the Changes Log for the profile being worked on to see if the definition had been removed. if not found, using another browser window, if possible, review the profiles for the 'spouse' and 'parents' for the ref name, if not found in the Changes Log.
The script is being too literal. It needs to be more flexible, allowing for multiple whitespace in the tag -- which is allowed -- not only between "ref" and "name", but also between "name" and "="

As it is, its generating too many false reports

posted by Dennis Wheeler

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