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Template:User link

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[[User:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]]

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Usage

This template provides a way to link to a userpage and display just the username, like [[User:Example|Example]]. This may not save much typing for a short username like "Example", but it may be more useful with long usernames such as [[User:Guywh0sitsbehindphilip12|Guywhositsbehindphilip12]]. This template is commonly used to ping a user to a discussion (when not using something like {{reply to}}). However, please read the notifications section below if you need to notify the user.

Example

{{user link|Example}}

or the shortcut form

{{u|Example}}

gives

Example

The template's second parameter, which is optional, takes the link's label; for example, a link to the long username used above can be shortened while viewing the text like this:

{{u|Guywhositsbehindphilip12|Guy}}

which gives

Guy

Alternative

The desired result can also be achieved using the pipe trick feature of the MediaWiki software. For example, the wikitext

[[User:Example|]]

gives

Example

Notifications

As with other templates that create a link to a user page, the linked-to user may be notified under certain circumstances: it happens whenever the conditions described at Notifications are met. These conditions include the addition of one or more new lines of text, one (or more) of which contains the link, and one of which is signed in the same edit.

See also

Userspace link templates

User information templates provide informational links for a user; they are similar to signatures, but often provide additional information, and may be used by other users. List:

Demo user used is User:Example