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Any other option?[edit]

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)
There was a tool that auto-expanded URLs, available on any edit page, but it's disappeared. You'd put the URL in a field and press a button and a bunch of other fields would be filled in for you. I'd love to know how to get it back.--{{U|Elvey}} (tc) 16:35, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
It should be available via "Enable wizards for inserting links, tables as well as the search and replace function" under Preferences...Editing, but for me it doesn't work, and it's less powerful that it once was, IIRC. Relevant code: <input src="//" tabindex="1" alt="Fetch" title="Fetch the page title. Irrelevant parts often have to be removed manually afterwards." onclick="pullURL(); return false;" style="float:right" type="image"> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elvey (talkcontribs) 17:02, 9 September 2014

See WP:VPT#Rewrite of Reflinks (permalink). Johnuniq (talk) 23:19, 9 September 2014 (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)

Proposed merge[edit]

I propose that this article should be merged with WP:Lazy references because they are informing about the exact same subject. Mr. Guye (talk) 02:14, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

@Mr. Guye: I agree. It seems it would be best to merge WP:Lazy references into WP:Bare URLs instead of vise versa because (if for no other reason) WP:Bare URLs is longer. ~ Anastasia (talk) 03:33, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Minimal upgrades[edit]

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></ref> became <ref>[ '''']</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) encourage 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)

I've used this a fair amount in 'first round' cleanups. I am considering Wikipedia:Bare URLs Minimal upgrades and WP:minupg to simplify citation of this proto- (at least) policy in the Edit summary. Of course I'm still always open to comment and/or suggestion. Swliv (talk) 12:52, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Minupg or WP:minupg, either/or, are up and running, working nicely as for example here. There's probably use for more of a 'presentation' but it's not likely for now. The main functional links remain here and as outlined above. Swliv (talk) 16:12, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
The two linked pages I was "considering" 25 March above have now both been created. From now forward I expect I'll consider the posts on this page simply archival. From current view, the still-'proto-policy' will proceed and evolve strictly on those two pages and not on this one. Any comments should be posted there. Thanks. Swliv (talk) 16:56, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

"New" Reflinks[edit]

A new program to semi-automatically fill out references, possibly "beta", is available at "Fengtools reflinks". (It is different from the program created by User:Dispenser). --Zfish118 (talk) 01:02, 12 September 2014 (UTC)