Currently, in accordance with the general red link treatment (Wiki documentation) some new members of the community see three red links in their personal tools area (if you have the newcomer homepage turned on your username will not be red):
Additionally, in your signature your username and talk page links will be red:
The purpose of this task is to discuss: does the red link pattern make sense in the User and User talk namespaces? Or in other words, as a new user is it helpful to see your username, user talk page, and sandbox links in red? We could also consider this from the perspective of other people seeing those links, but it probably makes sense to consider this primarily from the standpoint of the person themself. An additional consideration to keep in mind: we are upgrading (so to speak) these links in the user tools/menu area from generic wikilinks to OOUI buttons/components. In OOUI red buttons/links are used for destructive actions (e.g. Delete), so there is a clash between the wikilink pattern and OOUI (OOUI documentation).
Can you please provide your thoughts and preferences here? Thanks so much.
(1) For new vector we remove redlinks in the user & user talk namespaces — so in the user menu, as well as in user signatures, the Userpage, Talk page, and Sandbox links would be blue. For all other skins there would be no change from current link styling (though we could optionally submit a proposal to have this change adopted in all skins).
(2) For new vector we make the Userpage, Talk page, and Sandbox links black ONLY in the user tools / user menu area. In user signatures they would still be red. The justification here is that in the user tools / user menu area these things are not simply "wiki links" anymore, rather they've been upgraded to actual buttons and therefore the wikilink styling doesn't apply.
(3) For new vector we keep the red link pattern everywhere — so both in the user tools / user menu area, and also in user signatures. We then file a task to have a discussion with the community more broadly about red links in the user namespace.
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