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Description

A redirect causes a user to immediately jump to another page. There are several uses for redirection, including:

  • Sending someone to the correct page when they aren't certain of the correct name or spelling. Looking for a Fleetwood Mac song called "Tell Me Lies" would redirect you to the correct title, "Little Lies".
  • Making sure an article can be found under an alternate name. If you were looking for "CCR", you would be directed to the group's proper name, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • Locating an artist who uses more than one name, such as "Johnny Cougar", "John Cougar", and "John Cougar Mellencamp" all getting you to the artist's modern name of John Mellencamp.
  • Handling discrepancies in spelling between parts of the world, such as "colour" instead of "color".
  • Working with artists whose names are in non-Latin alphabets (such as Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, or Japanese). A redirect can make it possible to find the artist under both their natively-spelled name and the "romanized" version.
  • Finding the correct name when diacritical marks are involved, such as "Bjork" leading to the correct spelling Björk.

Objects not to be referenced by a redirect

  • Even though it is possible to redirect templates, categories and files, please use the actual target in such cases, as these objects must be used by their explicit names.

Syntax

Replace the entire content of the page to be redirected with the following:

#REDIRECT [[Target Page]]

Please leave the edit summary blank; it will be automatically filled with the redirect target.

Notes

  • When placing this code on a page, always remove any other text.
  • Redirection should be done in one step, if possible. You should always redirect to the appropriate page the first time, to prevent broken redirects and doubled redirects. For example, "Ten Thousand Maniacs" should redirect immediately to the correct name "10,000 Maniacs", not to "10000 Maniacs". Likewise, "10000 Maniacs" should redirect only to the correct artist page.
  • Consider redirection instead of deletion when pages contain minor errors, such as incorrect spelling or capitalization. If it's a common mistake, such as looking for "Brittany Spears" instead of Britney Spears, a redirection will make sure other users quickly find the correct article.



Below is Wikia's central help text on redirects.

Redirect sign
Redirect example

A redirect on Community Central that goes to this page.

A redirect is a bit of code that forwards the user to a new page.

Creating redirects is helpful when there is more than one possible title for a page, or many different ways a user might search for a topic. Creating redirects for potential titles helps your users find the existing page, and also helps to prevent the accidental creation of duplicate articles.

Redirects are also automatically created when a page is moved, allowing links and users who used the old title to automatically be brought to the new title.

How to create a redirect

  • To make a page redirect to another, first open the page for editing and go to the source editor.
  • If there is any content on the page, delete it so the page is clear.
  • Enter the following onto the page:
#redirect [[Page title]]
  • Publish the page.

Additionally, if you wanted to redirect to a certain section on a page, add a # and the name of the section. This can also be done to redirect to tabs on a tabber.

#redirect [[Page title#Section name]]

Tips

  • Both lower case #redirect or upper case #REDIRECT will work.
  • The #redirect line must be the first line of the page, and lines below it will be ignored.
  • Redirects do not work with external links.
  • Make sure the redirect code is not wrapped in any other tags, like <nowiki></nowiki> tags.


An example

Instead of creating duplicate articles for Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker on Wookieepedia, you might want links to [[Darth Vader]] and [[Anakin Skywalker]] to point to the same page.

If you want that page title to be "Anakin Skywalker", then "Darth Vader" should be a redirect. The Darth Vader page would contain this:

#redirect [[Anakin Skywalker]]

How do I change a redirect?

It is possible to change the Darth Vader redirect by editing it. As an example, trying visiting the "Darth Vader" page, which redirects to the "Anakin Skywalker" page. Below the title of the page, you will see the text:

Click this "Darth Vader" link to go back to the "Darth Vader" redirect page. You can then click "edit" to alter the Darth Vader page as usual (making the redirect link point somewhere else, or replacing it with a new article) like any other page.

What is a "double redirect"?

A double redirect is a redirect page that points to another redirect page. For example, suppose that "Vader" points to "Darth Vader" which points to "Anakin Skywalker". Then visits to the "Vader" page will be forwarded only once and stop at the "Darth Vader" redirect.

To fix this, click the (Redirected from...) link on the "Darth Vader" redirect page, to go back to the "Vader" redirect. Edit Vader's redirect to point to "Anakin Skywalker".

You can find a list of double redirects by visiting the Special:DoubleRedirects page on your community.

What is a "broken redirect"?

A broken redirect is a redirect page that points to a page that does not exist.

To fix this, click the "Edit" button and redirect the page to one that does exist. (Previewing the edit can help you check if the redirect destination exists.)

You can find a list of broken redirects by visiting the Special:BrokenRedirects page on your community.

Can I put anything else on a redirect page?

All text below the first line will be ignored, except for categories. Although this is rarely needed, there are a few circumstances where you might want to categorize redirects.

A common reason to categorize a redirect is the cache limitations of Special:ListRedirects. Some communities may have more than 1000 redirects, so the special page would list only the first thousand and stop listing any more after the thousandth redirect in the system.

This can be undesirable for maintenance and organizational purposes (e.g. a title that is very unlikely to be searched may not be found normally), so most communities generally categorize redirects so they can be listed, as a category list is not subject to the cache limitation of a special page.

See also

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