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Is there any other option other than reflink to solve bare URL problem (preferably script or anything online) --Tito Dutta✉ 01:00, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
That would be great. Could some work on a bot that would do this? Putting refs in full proper format is the most tedious and one of the least enjoyable parts of contributing to Wikipedia. I want to write and provide a link to a reference, not fill out some form. I imagine I'm not alone in this sentiment. Ufwuct (talk) 16:32, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
Very useful advice on this page, I think it should be more visible in the documentation. Χρυσάνθη Λυκούση (talk) 19:45, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
I have taken to upgrading naked urls minimally by linking to the web site that's embedded in the url, for instance here where <ref>http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/caa/index.jsp</ref> became <ref>[http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/caa/index.jsp ''bop.gov'']</ref>. It's not as much as I'd like but it looks better on the finished page and maybe will (a) prompt naked-url editors to rethink or (b) other editors to go the next steps to full citations. For what it's worth, I learned a bit on the overall subject and got endorsement for my current "minimal upgrade" program here. (May switch to "bare" terminology and link to this article in future to further the education goal of my effort.) I'm of course still open to opinion on whether my effort is counter-productive in any way. Swliv (talk) 15:06, 22 July 2014 (UTC)