On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 1:18 PM, Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen <geilfeldt@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Mediawiki-api mailing listers!

I'm trying to extract the full list of references for different revisions of Wikipedia pages. This seemed like it would be easy enough with "prop=references", but I keep getting the following error:

"error": {
        "code": "citestoragedisabled",
        "info": "Cite extension reference storage is not enabled.",
        "*": "See https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php for API usage."

Even the example on the API's documentation page returns this error (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=help&modules=query%2Breferences). 

Why does this occur? And is there no way of getting references through the API?
As the message says, it occurs when reference storage is not enabled (i.e. when $wgCiteStoreReferencesData is false).

Even if reference storage is enabled, note that prop=references always returns the references for the current revision of the page. It does not provide references for old revisions.

Brad Jorsch (Anomie)
Senior Software Engineer
Wikimedia Foundation