I hope that this is the right place to bring this up; if not, please let me know where would it be.
There's an extension called "Interlanguage" that is designed to make the maintenance of interwiki links much easier.
I tried it in its test wiki and it worked very well.
Can it be enabled in Wikipedia?
This will require:
- Setting up a new wiki for the links themselves.
- Testing the extension, probably in test.wikipedia.org.
- Copying links with no conflicts to the new wiki. This can be done by a bot and is not really a part of this bug report. At this point the old and the new ways of interlanguage linking can coexist - i tested it and it appears to work.
- Resolving the remaining interwiki conflicts. I am already working on it manually, but the new extension will make it easier and more efficient.
Thanks in advance.