Wikipedia talk:Red link

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Wikipedia red link no longer showingEdit

I expect this to be a red link as that page doesn't exists, but it's not showing,neither on the article does. It only shows "This page has not been created", what happened? User3749 (talk) 11:02, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

If you are on mobile, there is a known issue currently where red links display as blue. Otherwise, I'm not sure what you're referring to. --Izno (talk) 18:05, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
You can follow the task that is currently going on to repair it here. Alexcalamaro (talk) 19:24, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

Red links in articles for extended periods of timeEdit

I have come across several articles that have contained red links for an extended period of time, the least being months and some for even a few years. Is there a time threshold for when it's appropriate to get rid of red links? Is it okay to have articles with high readership with red links? I'm just trying to understand when it's appropriate to keep red links in articles. There have been several times where I see editors add red links to different articles noting that they'll come back soon to create the article and the red links are there for a long period of time. Is fine to delete them or no? Factfanatic1 (talk) 16:16, 19 August 2020 (UTC)

I always inspect incoming links to red links and try to find them in other Wikipedias. If both turn up nothing, I remove the link. If there's an article in another Wikipedia, I use {{ill}} to link to that. If it's not in another Wikipedia but there are several incoming links, I keep the red link. The length of time doesn't come into it – WP:There is no deadline. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 02:45, 20 August 2020 (UTC)

Cursor message off track?Edit

If a red link is supposed to indicate that an article on that subject is needed, and is not supposed to be used for anything else, why is the only thing you see when you place the cursor over that word "the article does not exist". Why doesn't it say "article needed"? Imagine being a living person whose name is red-linked and all you see is "the article does not exist"! Wikipedia can be so confusing when it comes to living people. Sometimes we really care about how they are treated. How could we get that cursor message changed? --SergeWoodzing (talk) 08:35, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Return to the project page "Red link".