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::I have always thought that references were critical in proving information to people who have not played some of the previous games. However, I do see your point that it clutters up the article when editing. Is there a way to say, for example, leave something like <nowiki>{{note|1}}</nowiki> in the text and then have the actual reference in a separate section? [[User:A-Dust|A-Dust]] 21:41, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
 
::I have always thought that references were critical in proving information to people who have not played some of the previous games. However, I do see your point that it clutters up the article when editing. Is there a way to say, for example, leave something like <nowiki>{{note|1}}</nowiki> in the text and then have the actual reference in a separate section? [[User:A-Dust|A-Dust]] 21:41, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
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:::I agree that references are a good think. But I think that it has been overdone a bit for a page so small. --[[User:Chimpso|Chimpso]] 10:07, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

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I've just added references to this article and I was wondering whether there is a way to get <ref name=2007Q4 /> code to work, as this would limit the length of the references. Particularly since the first reference, the GTA Vice City website, is used a number of times. A-Dust 22:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

I really don't think you need that many references in an article. Yes you could (if you tried) prove everything with quotes, screenshots and website links, but I don't think it is necessary unless a point is (or is likely to be) disputed. For example, Avery's name, job, mission appearances and storyline are all taken as a given - nobody can say its not true, so we don't need a reference. Even stuff like his age, his father and his hobbies/habits are not really going to be contested, so we don't need explicit proof. However (as an example) saying "Carrington is believed to be ... responsible for violent slum-clearances" is a bit less common-knowledge, so you might have a link at the bottom of the page explaining where that information is from (and only quote the link once).
I really think that references clutter a page unnecessarily, make it harder to read and a lot longer. Unless we really need to prove that something is true, then there's no point. Canon states that anything that happened in a GTA game is true, and where a quote is sometimes necessary, we can take that as proof very easily. I just can't see anyone needing 99% of these references, so I see no point of having them there. And just because Wikipedia does it is not a valid reason :) - What are your thoughts on this? Gboyers talk 08:09, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
I have always thought that references were critical in proving information to people who have not played some of the previous games. However, I do see your point that it clutters up the article when editing. Is there a way to say, for example, leave something like {{note|1}} in the text and then have the actual reference in a separate section? A-Dust 21:41, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
I agree that references are a good think. But I think that it has been overdone a bit for a page so small. --Chimpso 10:07, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
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