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Issue #1

Irrelevant text in the author field. If it isn't possible to reliably identify author names in the article body, it is better not to extract them.
I agree. And recently issues regarding author names not being extracted from publication text indeed were declined more often.

However, at the time when I was creating this template, admins were accepting such issues. So I was convinced that I have to extract author names, or the template would be rejected.

This seemed to work reliably. In this case it's clearly didn't.
My only hope is it's not a widespread issue :)
Declined by admin
Indeed, the series of issues that ultimately led to the current problem started here:, when Nikita Balakirev incorrectly claimed that template #2 was displaying an invisible 'author' and our admin accepted that issue by mistake. Sorry! In fact, template #2 was utilizing the username of the author that was visible at the bottom of the page along with a link to their other posts – which should have been considered acceptable. Instead, the mistakenly accepted issue led everyone on a wild goose chase and left us with templates that sometimes extract wrong info instead of the author. We will update the checklist with info regarding extracting data without clear markup to prevent this from happening in future contests.

We would have restored template #2, but will instead leave #9 in its place. We kindly ask you to roll back the change after the results are announced and either use the username again or omit the author altogether.
Type of issue
Author added their own content
Jul 31, 2017