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Create a system to require references for article creation
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Imported from the 2023 Community Wishlist Survey proposal

Feature summary (what you would like to be able to do and where):

A configurable system that doesn't allow users to create articles in a namespace unless they have at least one reference.

Use case(s) (list the steps that you performed to discover that problem, and describe the actual underlying problem which you want to solve. Do not describe only a solution):

Preventing articles from being created that have no references

Benefits (why should this be implemented?):

Less work for patrollers and better feedback for newcomers.

Event Timeline

I want to express the same concern others have in the wishlist survey and surface that this makes newcomers contribution more difficult. It would be nice to provide a user experience that prevents the creation but also assists as much as possible users that (a) don't know what a reference is or how to add one (b) they know about how references work but they can't find one at that particular time (c) the subject or facts in the article are very hard to reference (this is specially true in underrepresented communities)