Suggestion 886 Died Before Category Timeframe

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Suggestion: 886 - Died Before Category Timeframe
Cause:Invalid category used
Date error
Solution:Find correct category
Correct the date


The death date on the profile is before the defined timeframe of the category attached to it.

Note: Categories and categorization are a complex topic. Before attempting to correct category related suggestions, you should be familiar with categorization and how to use categories. If you are not comfortable with categorization concepts please refrain from making corrections.

Information on categorization is available on the Categorization Project page and the Categorization Help page. You may also ask questions on using the categorization tag.

Possible Causes

There are a few possible causes for this error:
  1. The death date on the profile is incorrect.
  2. The profile has been incorrectly categorized.
  3. The start date on the category is incorrect
  4. There is also a possiblity of reinterment or late interment or cenotaph. (Mark the error as False suggestions with a comment cenotaph or similar.)

How to Fix This


  • Correct Suggestion on profile
    Goal: To assign this profile to the correct category either by correcting an incorrect death date on the profile, or reassigning the profile to the correct category.
    1. Determine the correct death date:
      1. If the death date on the profile is incorrect, for example because of a typo, and you can determine the correct death date from sourced information in the biography section, change the death date on the profile. Optionally, you may also search for sources that confirm or disprove the current death date.
      2. If you are reasonably sure that the death date is correct either write down the date, be sure to remember it, or make sure that you do not close the profile window. You will need to refer back to this date in a later step. Return to the suggestion report that you are working from.
    2. Determine the correct category:
      1. The info column on the suggestion report will show the category currently attached to the profile that is causing the 886 suggestion. The info column is one of:
        1. The second column on the Suggestions for 886 Died Before Category Timeframe (if there are any open errors).
        2. The third column on your Personal Suggestions List (From any page you have edit rights to, click My Wiki Tree and then Suggestions).
        3. The third column on the suggestions list.
      2. Click the category link in the info column to bring up the category page in a new browser tab. Note the category timeframe in the timeframe row of the table at the top of the page. If the death date does not fall within the category's timeframe, then either the category's timeframe start date is incorrect, or the wrong category has been attached to the profile.
      3. If you believe that the category's timeframe start date is incorrect, contact the project responsible for the category requesting a review of the timeframe. The link to the project is in the Project/Team row in the box at the top of the category page. If there is no project associated with the category, post a message to the Categorization project requesting a review of the timeframe. Unless this is a simple typo correction, you will need to provide evidence for any change requested. Proceed to step 6.
      4. Return to the category page. If there is a Previous link in the timeline row of the table at the top of the page, click it to bring up the previous category in the timeline. If the death date falls within the category's timeframe, update the categoryname part of the [[Category:categoryname]] tag with the name of this this category. The category name is everything after Category: in the title of the category page. If the birth date does not fall within the timeline, repeat this step until you find a category with the correct timeline.
    3. What to do if you cannot correct it:
      1. If there is no preceding category (no Previous timeline link), or the birth date does not fall within the timeframe of any category on the timeline, then either:
        1. Message the Profile Manager that the death date on the profile does not match the profile timeline,
        2. Consult the Categorization project about which category to use.
        Proceed to step 6.
      2. If you cannot edit the profile, message the Profile Manager and either request to be put on the trusted list, or inform the Profile Manager of the changes needed. Proceed to step 6.
    4. Review the profile to see if Sources exist.
      • When there are no Sources in the biography, copy and paste {{Unsourced}} above the == Biography == that should be near the top of the profile.
    5. Select Preview to make sure that biography and sources sections show that changes were made correctly and no errors are seen before continuing
    6. In the Explain your changes box above the biography section. copy and paste one of the suggested comments below, revise one. or write your own comment.
      • NOTE: Data Doctor's requirement: Be sure to add "Data Doctor" at the beginning of the comment you leave.

      Suggested comments for 886 Died Before Category Timeframe:
      • Suggestion 886: Fixed death date typo.
      • Suggestion 886: Replaced category. Death date now falls within category timeframe.

    7. Click the Save Changes button after making the changes to the WikiTree profile.
    8. Check the Profile, as well as the Changes tab to verify your work was saved and updated

Suggestion Status

  • Correct Suggestion on Suggestion Status page (Review the Status Option Notes below)
    1. Make sure your WikiTreeID is filled in.
    2. In the Select a Status section, the following status options are valid for this Suggestion. Please ONLY select one of these:
      • Comment (no change in Status) - You did not make any corrections and want to leave a comment without changing the status, such as the profile is not open, left a message for the PM, etc.
      • Corrected (hide until next recheck) - You corrected this suggestion. If the suggestion was not corrected properly, it will appear on the suggestion report the following week.
    3. Leave a comment in the Comment box. (Pick one of the Comment Hints from the right or create your own)
    4. Click the Update Status button.
    5. Check the Status History below the Comment to verify your work was saved and updated

    Status Option Notes

      1. A full description of the Suggestion Status page is available here and
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      2. It is important to set the suggestion status for two reasons:
        • The status determines how the suggestion is handled in the future by the tracking system
        • The status must be set to get credit for your work during a challenge
      3. At the top of the Suggestion Status page, the Selected Suggestion section shows all instances of the same suggestion for the Wiki Tree ID. The Info column shows the issue with each instance.

        If you do not correct all of these suggestions,
        • Select Not Corrected as the Status
        • Leave an appropriate comment. Doing this will let others, looking at the suggestion, know that work still needs to be done.
      4. At the bottom of the Suggestion Status page, the Related Suggestions section shows other suggestions for the profile.
        • If you can correct some of these related suggestions
          • Update the current suggestion 886 in the profile and on the Suggestion Status page
          • Then, select the Status box to the far right of one of the Related Suggestions
          • AND work on that suggestion, as needed.

    Questions & Best Practices

    Note: These notes apply to any WikiTree member working on this suggestion.
    • Data Doctors are required to make any profile changes that are consistent with the Data Doctor's Code of Conduct
    • All WikiTree Members should comply with WikiTree Styles and Standards and other Projects policies and procedures.
    • When in doubt either check the appropriate Suggestion Help Page or ask questions on before before you make any changes. Use the data_doctors and Suggestion_886 tags on
    • Read the questions and discussions other people have asked about this suggestion here Suggestion_886.
    • Please share your best practices, experiences, and issues with this suggestion by posting questions on . If you create a new G2G discussion for this suggestion please add the data_doctors and Suggestion_886 tags.

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