Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Translation/Save citations when translating

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Save citations when translating

  • Problem: When I'm translating an article in the wikipedia translation page and I save my work and close the page before publishing, all my references get lost and the page only displays a message that says something like "the content is in another source", then when I look into the "references" section, it's all blank, so I have to errase all the citations and write them again.
  • Who would benefit: Translators and editors
  • Proposed solution: Save the references in the same format that the article is written so they don't get lost when saving before publishing. I don't know much about programming so excuse me if I don´t give a better proposal.
  • More comments: It's a problem that only arises if the translation is saved and the page closed before publishing. When publishing the article before saving and closing, references stay fine.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Braulio rs (talk) 00:48, 27 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • @Pginer:, I think this will interest you. Braulio, there are a lot of different issues with references in the ContentTranslation tool (see tracker in [1]). It will be helpful if you can give specific examples to identify when is still causing trouble.--FAR (talk) 11:16, 29 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Also could be added the citation in the original language and a translation to the destination language, if desired. --BoldLuis (talk) 18:20, 11 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]