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A redirect is like an alias for a wiki article. A redirect automatically sends the reader from one article name to another.

For example, "Gast" is the same as "Port Gast". Port Gast is the main name of the article, so Gast should be a redirect. So, we created an article for Gast with one line,

  • #REDIRECT [[Port Gast]]

Now when someone writes "the road goes to [[Gast]]" on a wiki page, the link to Gast will work, because the redirect handles it. In general, the syntax for a redirect is to have the first line say #REDIRECT followed by a link to the article.

For more information about redirects, like how to change a redirect, see Wikia Help at w:c:help:Help:Redirect.

Lowercase to Uppercase Edit

The wiki always changes the first letter of all article names to uppercase; it does not use a redirect for this. So "gaper" and "Gaper" are already the same article.

A redirect can help when a creature has two words in its name. When we encounter a creature, the game displays it with capital words, like "Hell Hound". But sometimes we write its name with lowercase letters, as a [[hell hound]] in the forest. When the wiki sees this [[hell hound]] link, it uppercases the first H and links to the "Hell hound" article. To handle the second h, we need a redirect from "Hell hound" to "Hell Hound". Now the lowercase "hell hound" link will work.

The code {{rinfo|hell hound}} uses Template:Rinfo to produce this box. (The redirect code in the box is always for the page that has the box.)

It is not necessary to use this template, but we can insert it on the "Hell Hound" page like so:

{{edit}}
{{rinfo|hell hound}}
[[Category:Beast]]

Indeed, after creating the Hell Hound article, we do not need to use this template, and we do not need to create the "Hell hound" redirect. Instead, we have the option to wait until someone finds a "hell hound" link, then fixes it by either creating the redirect or changing the link. The redirects and the Template:Rinfo just give us another option to make sure that links to creatures with two words will work.

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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