Talk:Opus (audio format)
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RFC: References-at-End or References-throughout structure in this article
This article uses a single list of named reference/citation/footnote definitions that are located in the References section of the Wiki markup.
Using named references in itself allows the same source to be used to support different facts throughout the article.
Putting them all in the References section rather than adjacent to the text where they are cited has one advantage:
- • they are easy to find, to look up the name when citing the same source again.
And some disadvantages:
- • it's not widely used in Wikipedia, so causes mixed referencing style when people add citations, which can be confusing
- • you cannot use un-named references without mixing the style
- • you cannot use the per-Section Edit feature and cite new sources without mixing your style or saving a broken reference to an undefined name on live Wikipedia then editing the References section to fix it afterwards. This forces responsible editors to Cancel, go back and Edit the entire article instead.
It may be helpful to refer to Help:Footnotes#Footnotes:_using_a_source_more_than_once
I propose rearranging the existing citations so that the definition of the citation appears next to its first appearance in the article.
For the reader it makes no difference. They still appear in a list of numbered citations at the end of the article.
For me, I think the advantages I've thought of outweigh the disadvantage I've thought of.
I propose to rearrange the citations to named but adjacent to the text that cites them at sometime in the near future.