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A self link is a link to the page itself. Since it is likely to be confusing to click on a link that leads back to the same page, a self link appears as non-clickable bold text (the "self-link format") when the article is viewed, instead of the normal wikilink format. Examples:

  • [[Help:Self link]] gives Help:Self link
  • [[Help:Self link]]abc gives Help:Self linkabc
  • [[Help:Self link|piped self link]] gives piped self link



By itself it is not useful to create bold text this way. However, the feature can be useful if, after expansion of any templates etc., the same wikitext is used on multiple pages, and depending on the page it should produce a working link or just bold text. This applies in particular in the case of links in a template which is called on the various target pages.

Clickable self links

Notwithstanding the description above, there are some self links to which the self-link format does not apply.

Self link with full URL

Providing an external link with the full URL of the same page on which the link appears will give a standard, clickable link. For example, if you are viewing the master copy on Meta of this help page ([1]), then this is demonstrated here:

  • [] gives [2]

Indirect self link

An indirect self link is a link to a page that redirects back. In this case the self-link format does not apply, even though it would be equally useful here. If you are viewing the master copy on Meta of this help page, then this is demonstrated here:

Self link with interwiki project prefix

Also, when the prefix for the project itself is added (interwiki link style, but again linking to the page itself) the self-link format does not apply; if you are viewing the master copy on Meta of this help page then this is demonstrated here:

Self link to a section

See Help:Link#Anchors for more information on this.

For a link to a section of the same article, even from the same section, the self-link format does not apply:

The [[#top]] link is a convenient way to link back to the top of a long page, without leaving the reader confused about the link's purpose.

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