There should probably be a customizable message for when there are no inline references in a MediaWiki-powered article but there is a reference tag at the bottom.
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Empty reference list message
Yes, maybe a tracking category could do the trick. OTOH an unused
<references /> apparently has no effect at all, which problem are you trying to solve?
It should designate that the reference list is empty so as not to leave empty sections on the page. e.g:
There are currently no references within the article.
I have tried and failed to reproduce this effect using #ifeq, #tag and <references/>.
Just wondering if anyone has figured out how to tell if the reference list is empty. I have been trying to do this as well.