Last modified: 2011-04-14 15:12:38 UTC
IMO, MediaWiki should automatically do something to get rid of loop links
(self-links through redirects). I don't know what it should do though.
* Maybe MediaWiki should change loop links to plain unlinked bold text when the
user clicks Save Page after editing?
* Or maybe the parser should simply display loop links as plain unlinked bold text?
If this were done, see also bug 1711.
The first option is unsatisfactory; see the enwiki template [[Template:R from
possibilities]]; for instance an article about [[C (programming language)]] might
want to legitimately link to [[C99 standard]], but on enwiki at the moment this is a
looped link, and therefore useless. Displaying the self-link as bold is fine and an
improvement on the current situation, but transforming the selflink automatically is
a bad idea as it could seriously mess up the article in these cases (especially if
vandals exploited the behaviour, which is possible).
This may or may not add a (smallish) performance hit when rendering links.