Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Wikidata/A tool to delete all references from an item

A tool to delete all references from an item

  • Problem: When, for example, one has duplicated an item but does not need the sources; or when one has found a better source for an item with only poor quality sourcing, removing all the source is time-consuming.
  • Proposed solution: A tool (gadget?) that puts a button or link on the page that, when clicked and confirmed, removes all citations
  • Who would benefit: Wikidata editors
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:23, 15 January 2022 (UTC)


  • I would use this function a lot. - PKM (talk) 02:10, 18 January 2022 (UTC)
  • This sounds useful, but it seems like it would also make vandalism much easier. Silver hr (talk) 20:07, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
  • It is unhelpful to add an "oppose" without explaining the grounds. As for "easier vandalism", that would just as easily be revertable; but the ability could be restricted to auto conformed users. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:19, 8 February 2022 (UTC)
  • you can use this regular expression (?<=\<ref\>)[^\<\/ref\>]+ and use it here ( To replace all contents of the <ref></ref>, while leaving the delimiters, so that you know, where a Reference needs to be added. Is that a tool enough? (Copy the expression here, if you want it to be explained: [1]) --Saippuakauppias (talk) 15:52, 20 April 2022 (UTC)


  •   Support Lectrician1 (talk) 02:30, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support Douglasfugazi (talk) 21:18, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose KingAntenor (talk) 07:05, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose easier vandalism. Maybe autoconfirmed users can quick blank an item? Thingofme (talk) 14:20, 4 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support --Ciao • Bestoernesto 16:47, 6 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   OpposeDaxServer (t · c) 12:42, 10 February 2022 (UTC)