Because if you prefix a wikilink link with a single colon it always works as a link regardless of namespace. And until the recent MediaWiki change two colons worked too, so if a template wants to accept both prefixed and unprefixed links, it can append a single colon to the front.

I see that the linter has been deployed, but it doesn't seem to be picking up errors that result from template transcriptions, e.g. (Neither this page nor the template the caused the error has been changed since the MediaWiki breaking change.) shows no matches.

On 29 September 2017 at 22:52, Arlo Breault <> wrote:

> On Sep 29, 2017, at 5:17 PM, Bartosz DziewoƄski <> wrote:
> might be prefixed with a colon

Is there a reason why it only *might* be?

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