Show a message explaining how to edit references when user selects a references list
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Description

Reports such as https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback&oldid=568123469#I_can.27t_edit_the_references suggest that the references list being present but not editable is causing confusion for editors.

It would therefore be helpful for VE to display a message (popup? tooltip?) whne the reference list is selected that explains how to edit references. The text of this message should be set on a MediaWiki namespace page.

I don't have a suggested default wording at present.


Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement
See Also:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=52750

bzimport set Reference to bz52736.
Thryduulf created this task.Via LegacyAug 11 2013, 9:44 PM
Thryduulf added a comment.Via ConduitAug 12 2013, 1:52 PM

If implemented, bug 52750 would make this request either unnecessary or applicable only as an interim measure. In the latter case there wouldn't be any need for the message requested here to be editable on-wiki.

Thryduulf added a comment.Via ConduitAug 12 2013, 4:08 PM

This would be most helpful if the backlinks took you to the position of reference while remaining in edit mode.

Suggestion for the message from en.wp user Looie496:
"This list of references is automatically generated and cannot be edited directly. If you would like to change the content of a reference, click on its number where it appears in the body of the article."

Jdforrester-WMF moved this task to Backlog on the VisualEditor workboard.Via WebNov 24 2014, 4:29 PM
Jdforrester-WMF changed the title from "VisualEditor: Show a message explaining how to edit references when reflist is selected" to "Show a message explaining how to edit references when user selects a references list".Via WebThu, Jul 9, 4:58 PM
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