Red Link

When a wikilink is made to a page that doesn't exist yet, the link text appears in red, as opposed to the blue used for normal wikilinks. It Looks Like This.

Links to works that don't yet have pages will thus show up as red. However, they'll automatically shift to blue when the page is created, so don't be afraid to link to works this way — it makes it easier for when someone eventually writes it up.

A misspelled or otherwise botched link will be red too, even if the page it was intended to go to does exist. These might be Frequent Redlinks, and should be fixed on sight.

Pages destined to forever be redlinks are listed on Permanent Red Link Club.

Sometimes a link is red when the page does exist. This is usually because a page in a different namespace with the same title has been cut, making the redlinking thingamajig think that no pages with that title exist. To fix this, just edit the page.

Sometimes a link is blue when the specific page referenced does not exist. This is because the same page title exists in a different namespace. Clicking on such a link will take you to an automatically generated disambiguation page. Since the link is therefore technically valid, it won't be red.

Sometimes, Tropers will make redlinks without even intending to link! This is because the markup assumes every use of CamelCase is supposed to be a link. This can be a pain when trying to talk about, say, the Speed Chat function in an online game. In order to fix links like that, put [=this=] markup around the word, so Speed Chat becomes SpeedChat.

Not to be confused with the red Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, and Super Smash Bros., nor when he's wearing a Red Ring, the Red Mail, or the Goron Tunic, or when he's using the Shield Spell.