no message particularly; this just doesn't work on my standalone install. i've tried inline text in rich editor, inline text in html editor, i've even gone into the loop instance from the back end and tried it that way. it just doesn't work. not a big deal - i can handcode each instance of a footnote if i really need to - but that kind of completely contravenes the entire purpose of plugins. *shrug* i'll just try a more recent footnoter.