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I hate when I read something like '... tension among the BASE jumpers nearly led to wingsuit combat ...', and I get excited because 'wingsuit combat' is underlined, only to find that it's just separate links to the 'wingsuit' and 'combat' articles.
Title text: I hate when I read something like '... tension among the BASE jumpers nearly led to wingsuit combat ...', and I get excited because 'wingsuit combat' is underlined, only to find that it's just separate links to the 'wingsuit' and 'combat' articles.

Explanation

This comic is a reference to how an internet browser will make the links of the pages that you have visited a different color than the links that you have not visited. In the case of Wikipedia (and other wikis powered by MediaWiki), they are blue for non visited and purple for visited. In this comic, Randall is ashamed of the pages he has visited, because with the color changes there is evidence of what he has visited in the past, i.e. autoerotic asphyxiation.

Also the pages that he did visit before are in great contrast with the pages that he hasn't. Pages he didn't click are often difficult, highly intelligent topics, while he only clicks the easy, funny articles with little scientific background on the wikipedia site.

The title text refers to a common mistake many people make when reading articles on Wikipedia. Words referring to subjects that have an article on Wikipedia are linked and underlined. This, however, can cause confusion when two words leading to two separate articles appear together, as the link underline will span across both words, making it appear as if they both link to one article, usually on a somewhat different topic.

It is not possible to determine who this fake article is supposed to be about, but the Macarena band is certainly from Dos Hermanas, Spain. So, it is quite possibly a made up article from Randall.

Transcript

[the following is in the standard format of a wikipedia article, modified to reflect the content of the comic]
...and was a pioneer of literary social realism.
He was born in Dos Hermanas in the Andalusia region of Spain (not to be confused with Andalasia[link clicked], the kingdom in Disney's Enchanted[link clicked]), which is also the hometown of Macarena[link clicked] band Los Del Río[link clicked],
His third novel, set during the Burmese-Siamese war, marked the start of a lifelong interest in the history of Southeast Asia. He spent his later years in Thailand, writing his final novels just a few blocks from the hotel where actor David Carradine[link clicked] died of Autoerotic Asphyxiation[link clicked].
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Discussion

How is Andalasia even relevant to the article? It shouldn't be mentioned in the first place. And what's wrong with autoerotic asphyxiation? Davidy22[talk] 13:56, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

The blue / purple links are a common standard in IE and Firefox, at least. Not specific to Wikipedia. --68.200.188.141 01:55, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

You can set the colours in a browser but you can also set them in a website. The websites colours take prevalence. Wikipedia actually has set them to blue and purple, possibly to make sure everyone has the same experience reading the article. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia's style sheet
a{
  text-decoration:none;
  color:#0645ad;
  background:none}
a:visited{
  color:#0b0080}
a:active{
  color:#faa700}
a:hover,a:focus{
  text-decoration:underline}
a.stub{
  color:#772233}
Tharkon (talk) 20:56, 24 July 2014 (UTC) I'm with Randall on this one, Wikipedia should TOTALLY have an article on Wingsuit Combat. It could be a new sport! 69.10.219.243 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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