Sun, Jul 21
Another faulty edit is shown here:
Sat, Jul 6
That seems like a fine solution to me. If the bot can't handle badly formatted input, it should do what it can to detect that condition before it performs an edit. I think your proposal would do that.
Jun 18 2019
Jun 7 2019
> does not mean it's valid wikitext
Here's another edit where IABot created a duplicate reference:
Jun 4 2019
> The MediaWiki parser is quite generous,
May 27 2019
I can't understand why you're saying that the article has invalid wikitext. The page rendered correctly and without error before InternetArchiveBot made its edits. To be clear, it was only after InternetArchiveBot made its edit that the page rendered with an error.
References in wikipedia can be reused. We can say <ref name="AnchorName">The Pittsburgh Press</ref> to define a reference named "AnchorName", then use only <ref name="AnchorName"/> when we want to repeat that same reference elsewhere in the article.
May 25 2019
This edit is another recent example: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Beast_(Canadian_band)&diff=prev&oldid=895490927&diffmode=source
Oct 15 2018
I'm sure there's a lot that I don't know about the developmnet process used by this project. For example, I don't understand what "a patch was uploaded" means. I guess it doesn't mean that a fix was actually deployed, because if the fix was live, the kludges wouldn't be necessary.
Over the last 12 hours (or so) there has been a significant drop in the number of topics in Category:Pages with duplicate reference names. I don't see here any notes that indicate an intentional fix was made. But I also note that all I know about the mechanisms involved came from researching this issue.
Oct 1 2018
The number of articles listed in Category:Pages with duplicate reference names continues to grow, I guess as the safe copies of the cache expired.