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yo, not sure who would be best to report this to so i'm makin' a thread. i just noticed a minor issue when using the pipe trick to shorten expansion titles--it inserts a space at the beginning of the title, and i don't think it did that before. in most cases this extra space would occur next to another space and not be rendered, but it is noticeable in phrases like "pre- Cataclysm"

of course, i can also just use the longer syntax of "[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|Cataclysm]]" instead, but i figure this is worth pointing out anyway --Eithris (talk) 22:46, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

This is a test Cataclysm. Things seems to be working fine, I don't understand the issue Xporc (talk) 14:16, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
as mentioned, if there's a space before the pipe trick, the extra space won't render--but in phrases like "pre-Cataclysm" it does
& to be clear, i'm talking about [[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|]]. it's a really nice shortcut for quickly abbreviating longer page names (e.g. most of the other expansions), but currently instead of auto-converting to the intended [[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|Cataclysm]] it converts to [[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm| Cataclysm]]. that space after the pipe shouldn't be there
not a huge issue overall because it is possible to just type the thing out manually, but it is mildly annoying --Eithris (talk) 18:38, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
test- Cataclysm
Oh, right, I've been editing like a madman for years and I never knew about this pipe trick :o how does it even work? Xporc (talk) 08:34, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
You mean the [[Name of page|Displayed name]] function? PeterWind (talk) 11:31, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Type this: [[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|]], save the page, and check it again. Mordecay (talk) 11:46, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Holy moly! PeterWind (talk) 11:52, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
yeah, a lotta these tricks are weirdly well-hidden. i must have learned about it from one of those advanced editing guides on mediawiki, probably? but yeah, it's supposed to abbreviate to the "core" of an article's name; also works to remove parentheses, e.g. a title like "Azeroth (titan)" will be auto-abbreviated to "Azeroth" --Eithris (talk) 23:30, 8 September 2018 (UTC)