Wikipedia talk:External links

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There seems to be a bug I think. For example [1] <-- the label does not show up when I see it it shows as "[1]". It should have said "Google". I have to add a space after the vertical line for the label to show -> Google but doing so invalidates the url by adding "%7C" to the end of the URL. David Condrey log talk 07:03, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Nevermind. I just realized I'm stupid. David Condrey log talk 07:05, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Http vs Https[edit]

I've recently been seeing SPAs changing http to https . I'm not clear on when/if this is appropriate. In the past I've seen it as an attempt to hide spam, but I realize there may be legitimate uses of it. Can anyone explain? --Ronz (talk) 16:41, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

See WP:Village pump (technical)#HTTPS for selected external links, but how?. That's just one of many discussions on the topic over last few months. The OP there used AWB on a massive number of articles to change http to https. I think the AWB right was removed because it was annoying people (it annoyed me). The issue has been brewing strongly since Wikipedia switched to https only. Johnuniq (talk) 01:59, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! If I'm not overlooking something: https is used for Wikipedia, Google services, and Internet Archive. I see some discussion on other uses, but no concensus. --Ronz (talk) 14:53, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
HTTPS uses more computing power and offers little to no advantage for viewing ELs. If the reader wants to switch to a secure connection, they have the opportunity to do so. In fact, some secure connections won't work if the link is going through a proxy—the link is actually broken as a result. Walter Görlitz (talk) 02:25, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Social media site official or not[edit]

Apparently that Facebook link is an official page, hence it clearly belongs in the article. I think the editor does not understand that is the official site while the facebook page is not even a site, just a page on Facebook. Should it be included or not? Perhaps the wording at EL:NO could be tightened-up to clarify what is meant in situations like this. Walter Görlitz (talk) 02:29, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

And of course, if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me that as well and confirm the other editor's opinion. Walter Görlitz (talk) 03:02, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Two quick answers:
  1. This kind of question should be asked at WP:ELN.
  2. WP:ELPEREN will probably tell you the answer. WhatamIdoing (talk) 03:10, 24 September 2015 (UTC)