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Forums: Index WoWWiki general Never make a ref with only a URL!

Please, if you are conscientious enough to use citations (<ref>reference link and more</ref>), don't put just a URL, especially for a blue post or an old official WoW forum link. Because of this practice when sites like WoW Insider switched to wow.joystiq.com and the official sites switched to battle.net it is very hard to fix old bad links in refs.

Some examples of bad citations/references:
  • [http://somesite.com/somepath/to/somepage.html] ← BAD!
  • <ref>http://somesite.com/somepath/to/somepage.html</ref> ← BAD!
  • <ref>[http://somesite.com/somepath/to/somepage.html]</ref> ← BAD!
Good ones:
  • <ref>[http://somesite.com/somepath/to/somepage.html Threadname]</ref> ← GOOD
  • <ref>[http://somesite.com/somepath/to/somepage.html Threadname] by Someone DD-Month-YYYY HH:MM:SS UTC</ref> ← GOOD!

Thank you for your consideration. --Gengar orange 22x22Beware the sneaky smile! Fandyllic (talk · contr) 23 Feb 2011 8:47 PM Pacific

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