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Wikitext's wikilink syntax is overloaded. [[File:Test.png]] will produce an image. In order to link to the page File:Test.png, [[:File:Test.png]] should be used. However, if a link is prefixed with multiple colons, (i.e. [[::File:test.png]]), every colon after the first is considered part of title. These are invalid links and will be rendered as plaintext.

Till recently (before https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/361597/ was deployed), there was some leniency around the number of prefix colons permissible in wikilinks, but this is no longer the case. See the discussion on wikitech-ambassadors.

This linter category will uncover wikilinks using multiple colons as a prefix so editors can inspect and fix them, as required.


The following tools can help fix multi colon escape:

Multi colon escape may be reported by WPCleaner as part of CheckWiki error #533.