WeRelate:Suggestions/Attaching the same source citation to multiple pages

>>> Brought forward from different discussion <<<

So... I suppose that what I would really like to see is the ability to attach the same source citation to multiple pages, similar to the way in which you can attach a source record to multiple individuals in ancestry. It would cut down on a tremendous amount of redundant entry work and there could be a check box for quality designation for each individual (if you wanted to do that). Has this been previously discussed? [other topic removed] --Cos1776 12:15, 25 September 2011 (EDT)

I like the idea of attaching the same source citation to multiple pages. To me, this seems like something I would do outside of editing any one individual page - like adding "Source citation" as an option on the "Add" menu, where you could enter the information about the citation and the titles of the pages you wanted to attach it to.

What about having it be a bookmarklet or a browser extension, like Evernote's Web Clipper? Would be helpful to have a bookmarklet that would let you copy text from a page on the web and let you create a source citation with that text and add it to one or more pages at WeRelate.--Dallan 14:33, 26 September 2011 (EDT)

>>> End of brought forward <<<

I assume the above represents the essence of this request as no explanation has been posted here. I would like to see a fairly specific example of how this is expected to be used, how it is envisioned to be easier, etc., as I have some concerns about how beneficial this request will actually be. Some of the pages uploaded by GEDCOM show some tendency to use one source citation resulting in page numbers being inappropriate. Or to cut and paste lengthy excepts indiscriminately onto several pages so that only a small fraction of a person's narrative is actually about them. It is easy to copy a source name when you first use it, and simply paste it into subsequent source citations. --Jrich 17:34, 30 September 2011 (EDT)

This is not my request, so Cos1776 please feel free to modify my example. Suppose we had an "Add citation" option on the "Add" menu. When you clicked on it, you'd be presented with a page where you would fill in citation fields and a list of pages that you wanted to add the citation to.--Dallan 01:44, 1 October 2011 (EDT)

I'm not sure what the point is of having multiple pages citing the same citation automatically -- unless I'm just not understanding the request. We already have the ability to cite the same source. If what is meant is the citation detail, . . . well, that's just a matter of repeating a page number or whatever in multiple fields. I do that all the time and it's no burden. I first got involved in this sort of discussion 20 years ago, when The Master Genealogist was under development. TMG ended up with a Master Source List (not unlike the Source namespace at WR) and you can attach any specific source from it to as many records as you like. Then you add the "detail" to each record by hand -- the family/residence number on a census, the page in a book, the line number in a ledger, whatever. But that's trivial. And you've already taken care of the time-consuming part, which is the recording of information about the source as a whole. I think the way WR handles sources (at least in this regard) already works just fine. --MikeTalk 08:26, 1 October 2011 (EDT)

My own example is when I am attaching English census citations. I want the information for the whole household attached to every member (to help with research and searching), but it is by itself not enough for it's own Transcription page.--Wongers 23:46, 9 May 2015 (UTC)--Paula

I just noticed this topic was included as a programming improvement suggestion a few years ago, but not included in the "Survey" that Dallan posted a couple days ago. It is very much like my own suggestion that I posted yesterday entitled, "Ability to Copy/Paste Source Citation During Edits." Should we consider the topic now closed/resolved? --BobC 20:34, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

BobC It's the same problem, different approaches to a solution. Having this functionality would save me so much time, I don't want it closed! In fact, I recently went so far to building my own development version of werelate to try and tackle a solution myself, but my day job keeps interrupting.--Wongers 23:49, 9 May 2015 (UTC)