I would support this, I think it's better to have non-MOS compliant articles
with footnote marks that actually lead to the footnotes then "faulty"
articles. Experienced users, and indeed bots, could than see to
Later, a possibly an enhanced version of this feature could work like the
pywikpedia bot for the same task:having a list of sections where the
references tag could be added, and if there is one found, than the tag is
placed inside it, if not, the references are placed in a new section
entitled "References" [or whatever is the first on the list
of prioritized names]. (It could be further enhanced by defining what
sections should always be after the references [e.g. "External links",
also"] and then the auto-added section could be placed before them.)
On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM, Aryeh Gregor
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 10:29 PM, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org
> > This has probably been raised
before (is there a bug for it?), but it
> > appears to me that it would be significantly more user-friendly to
> > append a <references/> section at the bottom of the text that is being
> > parsed when it is missing.
> > This would
> > * make it easier for new users to discover referencing functionality
> > (oldbies could still properly reformat the tag);
> > * solve the "references missing in section preview" problem.
> > Is there any obvious reason not to do this?
> The only reason that occurs to me is that it will make <references />
> less discoverable. On the other hand, people would likely figure it
> out if they'll figure out <ref>, and if not, the worst that happens is
> that references are way at the bottom.
> I don't see any reason not to do this.
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