In Wikipedia talk pages discussions, I see people often mention each other.
Mentioned people receive a notification.

How to mention people?

For instance let's say I want to mention the user called Joe.
Solutions that work on all Mediawiki sites preferred.

2 Answers 2


You can use the Wikimedia "pipe trick" to keep from having to repeat the username:


turns into


Wikipedia1 has some templates that are set up for this. You could just use the User link template


To be more "Twitter-like", there's the ping template (aka "Reply to")

This template is particularly helpful in discussions that are not threaded, to indicate which user's comment is referenced.


results in


More information at Wikipedia:Notifications

1 English Wikipedia. Other language versions likely have different templates (if they have any).

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    The last link says: "Note that the post containing a link to a user page must be signed; if the edit does not add a new signature to the page, no notification will be sent." And to sign you add four tildes like this: ~~~~
    – Ainali
    Jul 14, 2015 at 14:00
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    On English Wikipedia, you mean :)
    – Tgr
    Jul 15, 2015 at 19:58
  • @tgr: You're right. I've updated my answer to specify.
    – ale
    Jul 15, 2015 at 22:15

Write this in wikicode:



I agree with [[User:Joe|Joe]] above except the part about spiders.


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If anyone knows an easier solution (especially one where I would not have to type the user name twice), I would love to hear about it.

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