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Do not change existing ref names, not even to add a gratuitous "2" to the end of each ref name.
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Really, truly, absolutely, do not ever again cause the problem that I cleaned up here: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Human_microbiota&diff=702040733&oldid=702040134

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No reproduction steps. Not seen elsewhere. Browser bug?

Do web browsers normally decide what the name of the ref is?

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Copy this:

<ref name="Example">Burci, Gian Luca; Vignes, Claude-Henri (2004-01-01). [https://books.google.com/books?id=Xou_nD9jJF0C ''World Health Organization'']. Kluwer Law International. ISBN 9789041122735. Pages 15–20.</ref>

  1. Open a page in the visual editor and paste it in. (Might need to use Safari 9/Mac OS 10.10.5, because of T134228: Can't paste wikitext references.)
  1. Wait for the wikitext to convert. See claim that the ref is defined elsewhere when you select the ref number:

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 6.55.38 PM.png (202×639 px, 43 KB)

  1. Look at the ref name when it's saved, to see a "2" appended to it (screenshot is https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=718359262).

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 6.57.11 PM.png (471×1 px, 118 KB)

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This is just a symptom of the parent bug