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Miroslaw Zalewski's suggestion to use Zotero or an other software for
referencing might be accompanied by some undesirable “side effects”.
Sometimes I am using Zotero, but I always copy the formatted reference
(Zotero Strg+Shift+C) directly into the LibreOffice foot- or endnote. In
this way one can avoid a lot of problems, if one is collaborating with
people using another reference management software or none at all. If one
uses Zotero default insertion with field codes and remove them before
sending to other coauthors, then those have problems, if they would like to
insert additional references as Zotero (and all other similar software, I
know) replaces the field codes with formatted normal text and does not
convert the references to LibreOffice foot- or endnotes.
There are enough problems, if I am working with LibreOffice and the
coauthors are using a Microsoft product. 

Am I really using the wrong function, when inserting references in form of
foot- or endnotes like millions of MS-Office users are doing? LibreOffice is
definitely NOT missing bibliographic features except the fixation of this
bug. If somebody really wants more, there are programs like Biblioscape,
Endnote, Reference Manager, Mendeley, Bibus, Zotero etc.

On th other hand I can only imagine a very few occasions, where somebody
needs to hide a foot- or endnote together with its anchor. The only
reasonable situation I can imagine, is, that someone wants to reproduce an
original historic document with footnotes, where some numbers are missing.
In order to be able to use the automatic numbering for the rest, it might be
useful to hide both anchor and note. As already mentioned, this is possible
in MS-Word, although you need to hide anchor and note in a separate step.

Another situation would be, if someone wants to use foot- or endnotes like
commentaries. In my opinion this would really be a misuse. But nonetheless I
suggested, to implement an option, whether foot- or endnotes should be
hidden together with the corresponding anchor, which might be added to the
menu at: "Tools-Options-LibreOffice Writer-Compatibility". This would help
those, who used foot- or endnotes as commentaries in the past. 

You can find document showing every detail of the problem and further
arguments, why this bug should be fixed at: 

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