Help:FAQ/Questions about contributions/Why do you make such a fuss over the links in the "Sources" section?

From ProofWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Why do you make such a fuss over the links in the "Sources" section?

"I moved one of the pages somewhere else and gave it a different name, then cleared out the original page and filled it with something else, then (etc. etc.) - and then you complained about me not having sorted out the citations? What's the point of that?"

In the "Sources" section, there is an attempt made for some of the sources to provide a path through the site which parallels the reading experience of that source. This flow is accomplished by means of "previous" and "next" links, which impose a strictly linear ordering of a subset of the site which corresponds to the path through those works.
If you change the name of these links, or copy a page complete with that link, this flow will be compromised, and it may no longer be possible to perform that reading experience.
If you change the pages such so that flow may have become compromised, then at the very least put an invocation of the SourceReview template into the "Sources" section of the page to indicate such. --prime mover (talk) 09:04, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
Also note that if you copypaste a page with such a citation into a new page, then unless you can confirm that the new page corresponds to material in the source work cited, then it is important to remove that citation. If the new page does correspond to material in the source work, then you are encouraged either to amend the links that define the source flow (remember to do that on the pages before and after the page in question), or to invoke the SourceReview template to alert the maintenance team that there is work to do. --prime mover (talk) 09:15, 26 November 2015 (UTC)