https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=60135

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            Bug ID: 60135
           Summary: Create deprecateInterwiki.php to edit pages,
                    converting interwiki links to external links
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: 1.23-git
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: Maintenance scripts
          Assignee: wikibugs-l@lists.wikimedia.org
          Reporter: nathanlarson3...@gmail.com
    Classification: Unclassified
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Currently, people are reluctant to get rid of obsolete interwiki prefixes,
because of historical reasons (i.e. they are still used in a lot of pages). See
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2014-January/074015.html

A maintenance script should be created to go through the iwlinks table, find
all the instances in which the interwiki is used, and edit the pages to replace
those interwiki links with external links. Sometimes a template, e.g.
[[metawikipedia:Template:w]], is used, so it would be necessary to fix those
templates manually, I suppose. Those template pages don't show up in the
iwlinks table.

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