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Disambiguation in Wikipedia is the process of resolving conflicts that arise when a potential article title is "ambiguous, most often because it refers to more than one subject covered by Wikipedia, either as the main topic of an article, or as a subtopic covered by an article in addition to the article's main topic. For example, the word "Mercury" "can refer to a chemical element, a planet, a Roman god, and many other things.

There are three important aspects to disambiguation:

This page discusses the standard ways of handling the above issues. For detailed advice about the format of disambiguation pages, see the "style manual.

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Deciding to disambiguate[edit]

Disambiguation is required whenever, for a given word or phrase on which a reader might search, there is more than one existing Wikipedia article to which that word or phrase might be expected to lead. In this situation there must be a way for the reader to navigate quickly from the page that first appears to any of the other possible desired articles.

There are three principal disambiguation scenarios, of which the following are examples:

For how to decide which of these scenarios is appropriate in a given case, see the following two sections:

Broad-concept articles[edit]

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If the primary meaning of a term proposed for disambiguation is a broad concept or type of thing that is capable of being described in an article, and a substantial portion of the links asserted to be ambiguous are instances or examples of that concept or type, then the page located at that title should be an article describing it, and not a disambiguation page. Where the primary topic of a term is a general topic that can be divided into subtopics, such as chronologically (e.g., "History of France) or geographically (e.g., "Rugby union in the British Isles), the unqualified title should contain an article about the general topic rather than a disambiguation page. A disambiguation page should not be created just because it is difficult to write an article on a topic that is broad, vague, abstract, or highly conceptual. Where there are additional meanings that are not instances or examples of a "Foo" primary concept or type, those should be included on a "Foo (disambiguation)" page.

For example:

In writing articles on these subjects, it is useful to directly address the scope of the term, and the history of how the concept has developed. Each of the examples of the concept or type of thing should be included at some point in the article, possibly in a list, so that no information is lost from what would have been presented in the disambiguation page format. Consider using "summary style to incorporate information about the subtopics into the main article.

Pages needing to be expanded to describe the concept may be tagged with {{"dabprimary}}.

Is there a primary topic?[edit]

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Although a word, name, or phrase may refer to more than one topic, sometimes one of these topics can be identified as the the term's primary topic. This is the topic to which the term should lead, serving as the title of (or a redirect to) the relevant article. If no primary topic exists, then the term should be the title of a disambiguation page (or should redirect to a disambiguation page on which more than one term is disambiguated). The primary topic might be a broad-concept article, as mentioned above.

While Wikipedia has no single criterion for defining a primary topic, two major aspects that editors commonly consider are these:

In most cases, the topic that is primary with respect to usage is also primary with respect to long-term significance; in many other cases, only one sense of primacy is relevant. In a few cases, there is some conflict between a topic of primary usage ("Apple Inc.) and one of primary long-term significance ("Apple). In such a case, "consensus may be useful in determining which topic, if any, is the primary topic.

Determining a primary topic[edit]

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There are no absolute rules for determining whether a primary topic exists and what it is; decisions are made by discussion among editors, often as a result of a "requested move. Tools that may help to support the determination of a primary topic in a discussion (but are not considered absolute determining factors, due to unreliability, potential bias, and other reasons) include:

Some general principles for determining a primary topic include:

Not "what first comes to (your) mind"[edit]

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Perhaps the most commonly rejected criterion is that the primary topic should only belong to what "first comes to mind". This argument is inevitably tainted by the personal background, location, biases, ethnicity, and other pieces of one's own life, but we are trying to build an encyclopedia that is untainted by systemic bias. The primary topic is therefore determined without regard to (for example) the national origin, if any, of the article or articles in question.

Because many topics on Wikipedia are more interesting or pertinent to particular groups, one potential criterion to commonly avoid is what "first comes to mind". An American might first think of "the city in Alabama when Birmingham is mentioned, but primary topic belongs to the "city in England, which is far more notable and whose article is read much more often. A Scot might think of "the Scottish city when the city of Perth is referred to, but the primary topic belongs to "the Australian city for essentially the same reasons as for Birmingham. "Raleigh" takes you directly to "the American city, even though a Brit may not even know of the city and only think of "the explorer or "bicycle manufacturer when Raleigh is mentioned. What first comes to your mind when you hear the word "Java"? It may be "coffee or "a programming language, but the primary topic belongs to "the island with over 150 million people living on it.

"Partial title matches should also be considered. For instance, "New York City is far more notable than "the British city from which it got its name, and the vast majority of the time that "York" is used in books, it is used in the names "New York City" and its containing state of "New York".[1] However, since sources rarely use an unqualified "York" to refer to "New York", "York still hosts an article on the British city, and no suggestion to change that would be seriously entertained. Likewise, "Sofia" has been the first name of countless girls and women throughout history; however, as a single term it most commonly refers to "the Bulgarian capital.[2]

Of course, the topic that comes first to mind may sometimes be suitable as the primary topic; "Anne Hathaway takes the reader to the modern-day American movie star's page, not to the article on "the wife of William Shakespeare. But in no case does "what comes first to mind" to any particular reader have much bearing, either positive or negative, on which topic, if any, actually is the primary topic.

Redirecting to a primary topic[edit]

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The title of the primary topic article may be different from the ambiguous term. This may happen when the topic is primary for more than one term, when the article covers a wider topical scope, or when it is titled differently according to the "naming conventions. When this is the case, the term should "redirect to the article (or a section of it). The fact that an article has a different title is not a factor in determining whether a topic is primary. For example:

Sometimes, a disambiguated article title, such as "Apostrophe (punctuation), may be moved to an unqualified title based on a consensus that this is the primary topic for the unqualified term. When such a page move is made, the redirect template {{"R from unnecessary disambiguation}} can be used to categorize the redirect that results from the move under "Category:Redirects from unnecessary disambiguation. Using the above example, "Apostrophe (punctuation) would redirect as follows (where "Apostrophe's topic is primary):

#REDIRECT [[Apostrophe]] 

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Primary topic when a disambiguation page lists only one existing article by that name[edit]

When a disambiguation pages lists only one existing article by that name (all other suggested articles are red-linked), the normal rules for determining the primary topic still apply. The existing article does not automatically become the primary topic. So:

Example of such a page:

Urney may refer to:

In this case, the Urney disambiguation page is the primary landing page, as neither of the mentioned parishes can claim to be the primary topic.

Please note, "MOS:DABMENTION and "MOS:DABENTRY rules still apply: any red-linked article must still be complemented by a blue-linked article, and each entry should contain no more than one blue link.

Disambiguation page or hatnotes?[edit]

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As discussed above, if an ambiguous term has no primary topic, then that term needs to lead to a disambiguation page. In other words, where no topic is primary, the disambiguation page is placed at the base name.

Primary topic with other topics[edit]

If there is a primary topic located at the base name, then the question arises whether to create a disambiguation page, or merely to link to all the other meanings from a hatnote on the primary topic article.

If there are only two topics to which a given title might refer, and one is the primary topic, then a disambiguation page is not needed—it is sufficient to use a hatnote on the primary topic article, pointing to the other article. (This means that readers looking for the second topic are spared the extra navigational step of going through the disambiguation page.) If there are two or three other topics, it is still possible to use a hatnote which lists the other topics explicitly, but if this would require too much text (roughly, if the hatnote would extend well over one line on a standard page), then it is better to create a disambiguation page and refer only to that.

If a disambiguation page is needed, but one of the other topics is of particular interest, then it may be appropriate to link to it explicitly as well as linking to the disambiguation page. For example, "Inflation is about the primary topic—a rise in prices—and a hatnote links to both "Inflation (cosmology) and "Inflation (disambiguation).

No primary topic[edit]

If there are only two topics to which a given title might refer, but per the criteria at Is there a primary topic? there is no primary topic, then the base name should lead the reader to the disambiguation page for the term. For example, "John Quested is a disambiguation page for the two people by that name who can be found in the encyclopedia:

John Quested may refer to:

Primary topic with only one other topic[edit]

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If a disambiguation page does not appear to be needed because there are only two topics for the ambiguous title and one of them is the primary topic, but there could reasonably be other topics ambiguous with the title on Wikipedia now or in the future, an {{"about}} hatnote can be used to link to a disambiguation page (either in addition to or instead of a link directly to the other article). At the same time, the {{"One other topic}} template should be added to the top of the disambiguation page, which will inform users that the page has only two ambiguous terms, one of them primary; thus it may be deleted if, after a period of time no additional ambiguous topics are found to expand the disambiguation page. The {{"One other topic}} template will also list the article in "Category:Disambiguation pages containing one non-primary topic, allowing other editors to locate these pages and help in expanding them. If the two-dab page has been expanded to include additional ambiguous topics, {{"One other topic}} template should be removed and a direct link in the primary article to the other article may not be needed anymore as a link to the disambiguation page alone may be sufficient.

For example, Retrograde motion (disambiguation) contained links to only two articles, of which "Retrograde motion was the primary topic. The disambiguation page is not needed, as the article links to the other meaning "Apparent retrograde motion with a hatnote. However, if some more disambiguation links can be added, it would be useful to expand the hatnote with a link to the disambiguation page.

Different spelling variants[edit]

If the titles of two articles differ only in capitalization or the separation or non-separation of components (as per "WP:DIFFCAPS or "WP:PLURALPT), the articles each should contain a hatnote to link to each other.

Naming the specific topic articles[edit]

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For disambiguating specific topic pages by using an unambiguous article title, several options are available:

  1. Natural disambiguation. When there is another term (such as "Apartment instead of "Flat) or more complete name (such as "English language instead of "English) that is unambiguous, commonly used in English (even without being the most common term), and equally clear, that term is typically the best to use.
  2. Comma-separated disambiguation. Ambiguous geographic names are often disambiguated by adding the name of a higher-level administrative division, separated by a comma, as in "Windsor, Berkshire. See "Naming conventions (geographic names).
  3. Parenthetical disambiguation. A disambiguating word or phrase can be added in parentheses. The word or phrase in parentheses should be:

Natural disambiguation is generally preferable to parenthetical disambiguation; for instance "mechanical fan and "hand fan are used instead of "fan (mechanical) and "fan (implement). If natural disambiguation is not available, a parenthetical is used. If there are several possible choices for parenthetical disambiguation, use the same disambiguating phrase already commonly used for other topics within the same class and context, if any. Otherwise, choose whichever is simpler. For example, use "(mythology)" rather than "(mythological figure)".

Naming conventions applicable to certain subject areas are listed in the box to the right; these often contain detailed guidance about how to disambiguate. In particular, for articles about people, see the "Disambiguating section in the "people naming convention.

Format[edit]

To conform to the "naming conventions, the phrase in parentheses should be treated just as any other word in a title: normally lowercase, unless it is a proper noun (like a book title) that would appear capitalized even in running text.

For common disambiguation words, see "User:Jarry1250/Findings.

Hatnotes[edit]

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Users searching for what turns out to be an ambiguous term may not reach the article they expected. Therefore, any article with an ambiguous title should contain helpful links to alternative Wikipedia articles or disambiguation pages, placed at the top of the article using one or more of the templates shown below.

Disambiguation hatnotes are not article content—they are associated with the title, rather than any article topic content.

Most hatnote templates generate links automatically, so double square brackets are not normally used within the templates. In some cases there are multiple templates available, one including and another omitting information about the topic of the article. The shorter hatnote may be chosen if omitting the information is not likely to confuse the reader.

On a primary topic page for a term that has one secondary topic only (no disambiguation page):

On a secondary topic page for a term that has one other topic only (no disambiguation page):

On a primary topic page that has an associated disambiguation page:

When the primary topic redirects to another page:

Other variations on these templates are available, including templates for specific subjects such as places, numbers, etc. Templates are listed and illustrated at "Template talk:About and "Wikipedia:Otheruses templates (example usage). A longer list of disambiguation templates is found at "Wikipedia:Template messages/General#Disambiguation and redirection; further style information is given at "Wikipedia:Hatnotes#Templates. Many more templates are listed in "Category:Disambiguation and redirection templates.

Usage guidelines[edit]

Disambiguation pages[edit]

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A disambiguation page is a non-article page that lists and links to encyclopedia articles covering topics that could have had the same title. The purpose of disambiguation pages is allowing "navigation to the article on the topic being sought. The information on a disambiguation page should be focused on getting the reader to their desired article.

Combining terms on disambiguation pages[edit]

A single disambiguation page may be used to disambiguate a number of similar terms. Sets of terms which are commonly so combined include:

Editorial judgement should be used in deciding whether to combine terms in the ways described above. If a combined disambiguation page would be inconveniently long, it may be better to split the disambiguation page into separate pages.

When a combined disambiguation page is used, redirects to it (or hatnotes, as appropriate) should be set up from all the terms involved.

Naming the disambiguation page[edit]

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The title of a disambiguation page is the ambiguous term itself, provided there is no primary topic for that term. If there is a primary topic, then the tag "(disambiguation)" is added to the name of the disambiguation page, as in "Jupiter (disambiguation).

When a disambiguation page combines several similar terms, one of them must be selected as the title for the page (with the "(disambiguation)" tag added if a primary topic exists for that term); the choice should be made in line with the following principles:

In addition, when a disambiguation page exists at the ambiguous term, there should also be a redirect to it from the "(disambiguation)" title; in other words, if "Term ABC" is a disambiguation page, a redirect from "Term ABC (disambiguation)" should be created if it does not already exist. This type of redirect is used to indicate any intentional links to the disambiguation page, to distinguish them from accidental or erroneous incoming links that should be disambiguated to the appropriate article.

Page style[edit]

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Each disambiguation page comprises a list (or multiple lists, for multiple senses of the term in question) of similarly titled links.

Include the template {{"disambiguation}} (or another disambiguation template, such as {{"Geodis}} or {{"Hndis}}) at the bottom as an indicator of the page's status. For more information, see the "relevant style guide section.

For prime examples of disambiguation pages, see "Lift and "Aurora (disambiguation).

What not to include[edit]

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The purpose of a disambiguation page is to direct a reader seeking information on a specific topic to the right page. Strictly speaking, entries should be just sufficient for this purpose. It is common to add a little additional information (which may make reference to the full article unnecessary). For example, consider the text ""Franklin Delano Roosevelt, U.S. president 1933–1945, Democratic Party, a central figure in world events, creator of the "New Deal, in a wheelchair from polio since 1921, died in office". The name only is sufficient in "FDR (disambiguation) (for example, to distinguish the president from a "flight data recorder). The next phrase, office held and incumbency, is unlikely to be objected to. The rest is unnecessary and inappropriate; it very briefly summarises the article, rather than merely disambiguating.

Dictionary definitions[edit]

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A disambiguation page is not a list of dictionary definitions. A short description of the common general meaning of a word can be appropriate for helping the reader determine context. Otherwise, there are templates for linking the reader to "Wiktionary, the wiki dictionary; see "Template:Wiktionary. It is also not an interlanguage dictionary; while "Geneva is Ginebra in Spanish and other languages, this is not listed in the article, so the "Ginebra disambiguation page should not include Geneva.

Partial title matches[edit]

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A disambiguation page is not a search index. Do not add a link that merely contains part of the page title, or a link that includes the page title in a longer proper name, where there is no significant risk of confusion or reference. For example, "Louisville Zoo is not included at "Zoo (disambiguation) because people outside "Louisville would not readily identify it as the "Zoo", and including all zoos in the world in the disambiguation page is impractical (though "List of zoos is listed in the "See also" section). Add a link only if the article's subject (or the relevant subtopic thereof) could plausibly be referred to by essentially the same name as the disambiguated term in a sufficiently generic context—regardless of the article's title. For instance, the "Mississippi River article could not feasibly be titled "Mississippi, since that name is used by the U.S. state article, but it is included at "Mississippi (disambiguation) because its subject is often called "the Mississippi".

Place names are often divided between a specific and generic part: "North Carolina" (where "Carolina" is the specific, and "North" the generic part). Other common generics are compass points, upper/lower, old/new, big/small, etc. It is entirely proper to include such place names in disambiguation pages with the specific title ("North Carolina is properly listed at "Carolina (disambiguation)); but only exceptionally in the generic title (we do not expect to see North Carolina in "North (disambiguation), just as we do not expect to see Mississippi River in "River (disambiguation)).

To prevent disambiguation pages from getting too long, "articles on people should be listed at the disambiguation page for their first or last name only if they are reasonably well known by it. We reasonably expect to see "Abraham Lincoln at "Lincoln (disambiguation), but very few sources would refer to the waltz composer "Harry J. Lincoln by an unqualified "Lincoln", so he is only listed at the "Lincoln (surname) anthroponymy article. This is even more widespread for first names—many highly notable people are called "Herb, but typing in "Herb gets you an article on plants. "Herb (disambiguation) does not even list any people named "Herb", but instead links to "Herb (surname) and "Herb (given name), where articles on people named "Herb" are listed. Consensus among editors determines if an article should be listed on the disambiguation page.

Instead of listing partial title matches, consider adding the {{"look from}} or {{"intitle}} templates in the "See also" section, which link to all articles starting with or containing a particular term, respectively.

Related subjects[edit]

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Include articles only if the term being disambiguated is actually described in the target article. For example, a use of the term "set" is discussed in the article on "Volleyball, so "Set (disambiguation) legitimately includes "Set, the second contact in [[volleyball]]".

Abbreviations, initials and acronyms[edit]

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Do not add articles to abbreviation or acronym disambiguation pages unless the target article includes the acronym or abbreviation—we are resolving an ambiguity, not making yet another dictionary of abbreviations. If an abbreviation is "verifiable, but not mentioned on the target article, consider adding it to the target article and then adding the entry to the disambiguation page. In particular, do not include people and other things simply because of their initials, unless those initials have been widely used. "John Fitzgerald Kennedy is widely known as "JFK and this is discussed in the article, so the initials are appropriately disambiguated; however, "Marilyn Monroe was never commonly known as "MM", nor was "A. A. Milne known as either "AA" or "AAM". (See also "MOS:DABACRO.)

Sister projects[edit]

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Disambiguation descriptions should not be created for subjects whose only articles are on pages of sister projects, even if the disambiguation page already exists.

References[edit]

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Do not include references in disambiguation pages; disambiguation pages are not articles. Incorporate references into the articles linked from the disambiguation page, as needed.

External links[edit]

Do not include external links, either as entries or in descriptions. Disambiguation pages disambiguate Wikipedia articles, not the World Wide Web. To note URLs that might be helpful in the future, include them on the talk page. An exception is "linking to Wiktionary for the dictionary definition of the disambiguated topic.

Preparation[edit]

Before constructing a new disambiguation page, determine a specific topic name for all existing pages, and the name for the disambiguation page. "Move any page with a conflicting title (i.e., the same exact title) to its more specific name. Use the "What links here list for the moved page to update pages that "link to that page.

Construction[edit]

If an article has been moved to make way for the disambiguation page, use the What links here list of the moved page to access the redirect page created by the move, and replace that redirect page with the new disambiguation page.

Use the new disambiguation page to find and replace (see "Table of keyboard shortcuts#Text editing) any existing disambiguation links in existing pages with a link to the new disambiguation page.

Note that the standard link templates will actually point to a Term XYZ (disambiguation) version of the new name. Use the "red-link on an existing page to create a "redirect page marked with the {{"R to disambiguation page}} template.

For example, Term XYZ (disambiguation) could be redirected to the new disambiguation page Term XYZ as follows:

#REDIRECT [[Term XYZ]] 

{{R to disambiguation page}}

Links[edit]

Double disambiguation[edit]

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A double disambiguation is a link to a disambiguation page from another disambiguation page. This kind of disambiguation is typically more specific than one with a simplified name. This kind of disambiguation is relatively rare on Wikipedia.

For example, "Montgomery is a disambiguation page that includes a link to "Montgomery County, a secondary disambiguation page. Because the intended target page is also a disambiguation page, the link is to ""Montgomery County (disambiguation)" rather than directly to "Montgomery County". There are two reasons for this: One is so the page will not show up as an error needing to be fixed, and the other is so our readers know it is a link to a disambiguation page. See "WP:INTDABLINK for further information on creating intentional links to disambiguation pages.

Incomplete disambiguation[edit]

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When a more specific title is still ambiguous, but not enough so to call for double disambiguation, it should "redirect back to the main disambiguation page (or a section of it). This aids navigation, and helps editors to avoid creating new articles under the ambiguous title by accident.

Such redirects should be marked with {{"R from incomplete disambiguation}} (which places them under "Category:Redirects from incomplete disambiguations). For example, "Aurora (album) could redirect as follows (where "Aurora (disambiguation) is a disambiguation page):

#REDIRECT [[Aurora (disambiguation)#Albums]]

{{R from incomplete disambiguation}}

In some cases, information may be more appropriate as a list than a disambiguation. For example, "Cleveland (NFL) should not be a disambiguation page, but should instead redirect to "List of Cleveland sports teams#Football.

Interlanguage links[edit]

Pure disambiguation pages should contain interlanguage links only where a similar problem of disambiguation exists in the target language; that is, they should refer to another disambiguation page, not to one of the many meanings from the list.

Links to disambiguated topics[edit]

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When creating disambiguation pages, fix all resulting mis-directed links.

Before moving an article to a qualified name (in order to create a disambiguation page at the base name, to move an existing disambiguation page to that name, or to redirect that name to a disambiguation page), click on What links here to find all of the incoming links and repair them.

When repairing a link, use "pipe syntax so that the link does not show the new qualifier. For example, when renaming Topic Name to Topic Name (qualifier), [[Topic Name (qualifier)|Topic Name]] will render as Topic Name just like the original.

A shorter alternative is to use empty pipe syntax, also known as the "pipe trick. This allows editors to leave out the piped alternative when editing. For example, typing [[Topic Name (qualifier)| ]] will automatically produce [[Topic Name (qualifier)|Topic Name]]. (See "Help:Pipe trick for more information.)

"Ambiguous links are periodically checked and repaired, but even if some ambiguous links remain, one of the primary reasons for making a disambiguation page is so that following such links will still be useful to the reader.

There is a tool to facilitate ambiguous link repair in the Python Wikipedia Robot. The "bot offers to update links to choices listed on the disambiguation page. Do not forget to seek approval on the "Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval page if doing extensive or fast runs.

Links to disambiguation pages[edit]

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Links to disambiguation pages from mainspace are typically errors. In order to find and fix those errors, disambiguators generate a wide array of reports of links needing to be checked and fixed. Because these reports can not distinguish instances where an editor has made such a link with the intent to point to the disambiguation page, the community has adopted the procedure of rerouting all intentional disambiguation links in mainspace through "Foo (disambiguation)" redirects. This makes it clear that such links are intended to point to the disambiguation page.

For example:

With few exceptions, creating links to disambiguation pages is erroneous. Links should instead point to a relevant article. The purpose of a disambiguation page is to give a list of articles that is likely to include what a reader is looking for when they have typed an ambiguous term into the search box. Disambiguation pages are not articles and so should not be tagged as orphans per the "Orphan criteria.

When to link to a disambiguation page[edit]

The exceptions, when an intentional link to a disambiguation page is appropriate, are:

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How to link to a disambiguation page[edit]

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To link to a disambiguation page (rather than to a page whose topic is a specific meaning), link to the title that includes the text "(disambiguation)", even if that is a redirect—for example, link to the redirect "America (disambiguation) rather than the target page at "America".

This helps distinguish accidental links to the disambiguation page from intentional ones. (For use in "navboxes, see the {{"D'}} template.) There is nothing wrong with linking to a redirect instead of linking directly to the disambiguation page; "redirects are "cheap" and are basically transparent to the reader.

Redirects to disambiguation pages[edit]

Valid causes for redirecting to a disambiguation page include:

The rule about linking through a "(disambiguation)" redirect does not apply to redirects to disambiguation pages: Do not create a double redirect, but make a redirect to the disambiguation page directly (thus "Bill Cox, a redirect from an alternative name, redirects to the disambiguation page and does not go through the redirect "William Cox (disambiguation)). Although it is permissible for this redirect to be made, it generally should not be linked to in an article for the same reasons direct links to disambiguation pages are discouraged.

See "Category:Redirects to disambiguation pages.

Visualizing links to disambiguation pages[edit]

Links to disambiguation pages can be displayed in orange "in the settings under "Gadgets" by checking "Display links to disambiguation pages in orange".

Deletion[edit]

Although disambiguation pages are not articles, a disambiguation page may be listed at "Articles for deletion to discuss whether the disambiguation page should be deleted.

Categories[edit]

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Disambiguation pages are not articles and should not be categorized as such. Article categories should lead readers to relevant articles; disambiguation pages should be placed in disambiguation categories only. Some categories are automatically provided by use of the {{"disambiguation}} template and parameters (geo, surname, etc.). Hidden categories may appear due to maintenance or other tags and templates, but other explicit categories (such as "Category:Mountains of Fooland" should not be used on disambiguation pages. When a disambiguation page includes a list of name-holders (in cases where the separate "anthroponymy list article has not yet been created), explicit categories such as "Category:Fooish surnames" are acceptable on the disambiguation page until the anthroponymy article is split from the disambiguation page.

Set index articles[edit]

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A set index article (SIA) is a list article about a set of items of a specific type that share the same (or similar) name. For example, "Dodge Charger describes a set of cars, "List of peaks named Signal Mountain describes a set of mountain peaks, and "List of ships of the United States Navy named Enterprise describes a set of ships. Being "of a specific type" means that they share a common characteristic in addition to the similarity of name. A list is only a SIA if inclusion of an item in the list is due to the name of the item—e.g., every entry in a list of earthquakes may include the word "earthquake", but that does not mean the list is a SIA.

A set index article is not a disambiguation page.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See "Google Ngram Viewer results for York/New York and York is/New York is.
  2. ^ U.S. cities (such as "Anaheim, California) are not considered as partial title matches when deciding whether they are the primary topic for the base name (""Anaheim"). They are considered full title matches for "primary redirect concern; the only reason that many U.S. city articles are located at the elongated title is the "current Wikipedia policy for keeping state names in virtually all US cities and counties.

External links[edit]

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