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The magic of this wiki's software transforms text for you in several useful ways.


Pipe trick[edit]

Main page: Pipe trick

When you create a link which ends in a pipe character |, here's an example of what happens.

[[Wikipedia:Community Portal|]]
  • turns into [[Wikipedia:Community Portal|Community Portal]]
  • appears as Community Portal
  • provides a link to the community portal, which is what you would expect
[[User:Example user|]]
  • turns into [[User:Example user|Example user]]
  • appears as Example user
  • provides a link to the user page, which is what you would want most of the time
  • This does not work in edit summaries.
[[User talk:Example user|]]
  • turns into [[User talk:Example user|Example user]]
  • appears as Example user
  • provides a link to the user's talk page, which may not be what you want
  • turns into [[:Category:Continents|Continents]]
  • appears as Continents
  • provides a link to the Category page for continents
  • Note that the first COLON CHARACTER prevents the link from causing the page containing it being listed in this category. This is how to link to a category without the link causing the page it is on being listed in the category. Only use the first colon if you DON'T want the page listed in that category. If you do want it listed in the category, use the regular category link without the first colon.
[[John Smith (explorer)|]]
  • turns into [[John Smith (explorer)|John Smith]]
  • appears as John Smith
  • links to the John Smith (explorer) article
  • This is appropriate when linking to disambiguated pages.

Suffix trick[edit]

  • appears as Professorial but links to Professor, not to Professorial
  • appears as Professors but links to Professor, not to Professors

However this intentionally does not work with apostrophes, [1] so the 's in [[Professor]]'s does not become part of the link, and instead appears as Professor's in this example.

Initial character case insensitive[edit]

  • appears as noodle but links to Noodle, not to noodle. So just use whichever initial case is appropriate for the text the link appears in.


Use the TILDE CHARACTER to insert your username and/or a timestamp. This makes discussions easier to follow.

Three tildes (your name)[edit]


Four tildes (name and date)[edit]


Five tildes (just the date)[edit]

  • turns into 07:27, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

ISBN, RFC and PMID automatic links[edit]


Main page: Wikipedia:ISBN

ISBN codes automatically generate links, for example: the wikitext ISBN 978-0-45-152774-5 becomes ISBN 978-0-45-152774-5 which corresponds to Special:Booksources/9780451527745.


RFC 1149 becomes RFC 1149, which is the external link to the standard at:


Main page: Wikipedia:PMID

PMID 20610307 becomes PMID 20610307, which links to a reference in the medical literature at PubMed.


Main page: Help:Templates

You can use templates to incorporate boilerplate text. You may have seen at the top of some articles notices like "merge with X" or "this page is marked for deletion" or "the neutrality of this article is disputed" or "an edit war was going on here, so we have locked the page".

They look pretty consistent, don't they? Well, it's all done with templates.


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See also[edit]