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EQ2

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From EQ2i, the EverQuest II wiki

Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity — the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article. In other words, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.

Wikis thrive on the fact that making links is simple and automatic: as you're typing in an edit window, put brackets around Portal (like this: [[Portal]]) and you'll have a link. But were you intending to link to a spell called "Portal" or perhaps you wanted the game called "Portal". Maybe you were even referring to portals that act as gateways between worlds.

There are two primary ways to resolve ambiguity between articles:

  • disambiguation links — an article discussing the most common meaning of a term can have a link at the top pointing the user to another page pertaining to a different meaning (and often utilizing a similar title).
  • disambiguation pages — non-article pages that contain no content and only refer users to other wiki pages.

Contents

Deciding when to disambiguate

Disambiguation serves a single purpose: to let the reader choose among different pages that closely relate to various meanings of a particular term (some of which might logically utilize said term in a titular fashion). The considerations of what a wiki is not are not magically invalidated for disambiguation pages. Disambiguation pages are not intended for games of "free association." Please use them carefully and only when needed.

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Confusion

Ask yourself: When a reader enters this term, what article would they realistically be expecting to view as a result? When there is no risk of confusion, do not disambiguate nor add a link to a disambiguation page.

Lists

Lists of articles of which the disambiguated term forms only a part of the article title don't belong here. Disambiguation pages are not search indices. Do not add links that merely contain part of the page title (where there is no significant risk of confusion).

However, when there is a separate list article, it makes sense to have a link to it in a "See also" section. For example, a [[List of Undercity NPCs]] should have a link from [[Undercity]], but does not need to be disambiguated.

Summary or multi-stub pages

Several small topics of just a paragraph or so each can co-exist on a single page, separated by headings. Although this is similar to a disambiguation page, the disambiguation notice should not be put here, as the page doesn't link to other articles closely associated with a specific term.

As each section grows, there may come a time when a subject should have a page of its own.

Although many pages rely on this principle, it generally more common for each subject to have a separate page for its own stub (especially if the topics are unrelated).

Disambiguation links

When a user searches for a particular term, something else might be expected than what actually appears. Therefore, helpful links to any alternative articles with similar names are needed.

One way of adding disambiguation links is to include a link at the top of the page to the other article. For example,

This article is for x in context y, if you are looking for x in context z, see [[x (z)]]

Disambiguation pages

These pages are composed of a list of links. Start the page with the {{disambig}} tag. Below the tag provide a list of links to the pages that they might be looking for. You can find a sample disambig template on w:c:starter:Template:Disambig, which categorises the article automatically. In addition, by using a template of this name on an article, it will add the page to Special:Disambiguations.

Preparation

Before constructing a new disambiguation page, determine a specific topic name for existing pages, and a generic name for the disambiguation page. Move any conflicting page to its more specific name.

Use the what links here on the list of the moved page to update all of the pages that linked to them.

Construction

Assuming a generic topic page, use the Whatlinkshere 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 any old disambiguation links in existing pages with a link to the new disambiguation page.

Page naming conventions

A disambiguation page may be named after the general term ("Term XYZ"), or may have a title like "Term XYZ (disambiguation)". Usually, there should be just one page for all cases (upper- or lower-case) and variant punctuation.

For example, "Term xyz", "Term Xyz", "Term X-Y-Z", and "Term X.Y.Z." should all redirect to one page.

Generic topic

In most cases, the generic term or phrase should be the title of the actual disambiguation page. This permits an editor to visually determine whether a disambiguating page is generic in Category:Disambiguations.

Primary topic

When the primary meaning for a term or phrase is well known (indicated by a majority of links in existing articles, and by consensus of the editors of those articles), then use that topic for the title of the main article, with a disambiguation link at the top. Where there is no such consensus, there is no primary topic page.

Ensure that the "(disambiguation)" page links back to an unambiguous page name. The unambiguous page name should redirect to the primary topic page. This assists future editors (and automated processes).

Links

There is rarely a need for links directly to disambiguation pages - except from any primary topic. In most cases, links should point to the article that deals with the specific meaning intended.

See also


This article uses material from the "Help:Disambiguation" article on the EQ2 wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Halo

Up to date as of February 08, 2010

From Halopedia, the Halo Wiki

4.63
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A Disambiguation page is used on Halopedia when one word can link to several articles with similar names. Disambiguations are used as navigational aids to allow users easier access to all pages that they may wish to access. Disambiguations vary in how broad they are, as some words, like "Keyes", only link to three possible pages, while more common words, like "Rifle", can have many more meanings. It is incredibly helpful to Halopedia that as many disambiguation pages are created as possible so that typing in any word on the "search" function will yield easy to read results.

Disambiguation pages are denoted by the "disambiguation" template:

{{disambig}}

This template states the following:

This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. If an article link referred you here, you might want to go back and fix it to point directly to the intended page.

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Disambiguations • Editing • Images • Links • Manual of Style • Parodies • References • Rollback Rights • Shortcuts • Sources • Signatures • Tables • Templates • Userboxes • Walkthroughs • YouTube

Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity — the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article. In other words, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.

Wikis thrive on the fact that making links is simple and automatic: as you're typing in an edit window, put brackets around Portal (like this: [[Portal]]) and you'll have a link. But were you intending to link to a spell called "Portal" or perhaps you wanted the game called "Portal". Maybe you were even referring to portals that act as gateways between worlds.

There are two primary ways to resolve ambiguity between articles:

  • disambiguation links — an article discussing the most common meaning of a term can have a link at the top pointing the user to another page pertaining to a different meaning (and often utilizing a similar title).
  • disambiguation pages — non-article pages that contain no content and only refer users to other wiki pages.

Contents

Deciding when to disambiguate

Disambiguation serves a single purpose: to let the reader choose among different pages that closely relate to various meanings of a particular term (some of which might logically utilize said term in a titular fashion). The considerations of what a wiki is not are not magically invalidated for disambiguation pages. Disambiguation pages are not intended for games of "free association." Please use them carefully and only when needed.

Confusion

Ask yourself: When a reader enters this term, what article would they realistically be expecting to view as a result? When there is no risk of confusion, do not disambiguate nor add a link to a disambiguation page.

Lists

Lists of articles of which the disambiguated term forms only a part of the article title don't belong here. Disambiguation pages are not search indices. Do not add links that merely contain part of the page title (where there is no significant risk of confusion).

However, when there is a separate list article, it makes sense to have a link to it in a "See also" section. For example, a [[List of Undercity NPCs]] should have a link from [[Undercity]], but does not need to be disambiguated.

Summary or multi-stub pages

Several small topics of just a paragraph or so each can co-exist on a single page, separated by headings. Although this is similar to a disambiguation page, the disambiguation notice should not be put here, as the page doesn't link to other articles closely associated with a specific term.

As each section grows, there may come a time when a subject should have a page of its own.

Although many pages rely on this principle, it generally more common for each subject to have a separate page for its own stub (especially if the topics are unrelated).

Disambiguation links

When a user searches for a particular term, something else might be expected than what actually appears. Therefore, helpful links to any alternative articles with similar names are needed.

One way of adding disambiguation links is to include a link at the top of the page to the other article. For example,

This article is for x in context y, if you are looking for x in context z, see [[x (z)]]

Disambiguation pages

These pages are composed of a list of links. Start the page with the {{disambig}} tag. Below the tag provide a list of links to the pages that they might be looking for. You can find a sample disambig template on w:c:starter:Template:Disambig, which categorises the article automatically. In addition, by using a template of this name on an article, it will add the page to Special:Disambiguations.

Preparation

Before constructing a new disambiguation page, determine a specific topic name for existing pages, and a generic name for the disambiguation page. Move any conflicting page to its more specific name.

Use the what links here on the list of the moved page to update all of the pages that linked to them.

Construction

Assuming a generic topic page, use the Whatlinkshere 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 any old disambiguation links in existing pages with a link to the new disambiguation page.

Page naming conventions

A disambiguation page may be named after the general term ("Term XYZ"), or may have a title like "Term XYZ (disambiguation)". Usually, there should be just one page for all cases (upper- or lower-case) and variant punctuation.

For example, "Term xyz", "Term Xyz", "Term X-Y-Z", and "Term X.Y.Z." should all redirect to one page.

Generic topic

In most cases, the generic term or phrase should be the title of the actual disambiguation page. This permits an editor to visually determine whether a disambiguating page is generic in Category:Disambiguations.

Primary topic

When the primary meaning for a term or phrase is well known (indicated by a majority of links in existing articles, and by consensus of the editors of those articles), then use that topic for the title of the main article, with a disambiguation link at the top. Where there is no such consensus, there is no primary topic page.

Ensure that the "(disambiguation)" page links back to an unambiguous page name. The unambiguous page name should redirect to the primary topic page. This assists future editors (and automated processes).

Links

There is rarely a need for links directly to disambiguation pages - except from any primary topic. In most cases, links should point to the article that deals with the specific meaning intended.

See also


This article uses material from the "Help:Disambiguation" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

In many cases, more than one article "should" have the same name. Such articles require disambiguation. This article describes our scheme for doing so.

Disambiguation methods

The method of disambiguating depends on how many articles there are that need the same title, as well as their relative importance.

  • If there are going to be multiple articles, they should each have a parenthetical qualifier in their titles.
  • If there are more than two articles, a disambiguation page must be created.
  • If one of the terms is significantly more prominent than the other(s), the main page should redirect to it.
  • If none of the terms are significantly more prominent than the others(s), the main page should redirect to a disambiguation page.
    • Even if there are only two articles, if you can't decide which is more important, you should make a disambig page and redirect to it.
  • If there is no disambiguation page because there are only two articles and one of them is more important, put Template:Disambig2 at the top of both articles.
  • If there is a disambiguation page, put Template:Disambig3 at the top of all articles.

Note that if none of the meanings of the term require long definitions, they can simply all be listed in the same article.

Disambiguation pages

The titles of all disambiguation pages should end with "(disambiguation)". All disambiguation pages should end with the Template:Disambig template which places an explanatory box in the article and adds it to the disambiguation page category.

When listing items on a disambiguation page, we generally list them in the order of their first appearance. Hence, G1 incarnations come first, followed by late Japan-exclusive G1, G2, BW, and so forth.

Disambiguation suffixes

When deciding what to put in parantheses to disambiguate an article title, the first choice should always be the entity's franchise of origin. Multiple-word franchises may use abbreviations while single-word franchises should be written out (as in the Wiki's official franchise identifiers list). Thus the original Ironhide would be Ironhide (G1) and the Unicron Trilogy Ironhide is Ironhide (Energon). If a character/idea/object was introduced in one franchise, and then later fleshed out in another franchise with backstory set before the original introduction, we still use the earliest real-world depiction of the entity, not the earliest in-fiction depiction.

In those rare instances where a franchise name is not sufficient for disambiguation, there is no single best alternative system. Simply make the qualifier as brief and clear as possible. For characters, a faction or subgroup name will usually do the trick if the franchise alone will not; for example, since there are two different characters named "Sky High" within Generation One, they would be marked "Sky High (Pretender)" and "Sky High (Micromaster)". In some cases clarity might be improved by including the franchise along with the faction or subgroup. As another example, the name "Paddles" refers to both a character and a story from the G1 continuity family. Using "G1" as a parenthetical here will not be helpful; however, Paddles (character) and Paddles (story) are both short and to the point.

Use your best judgement. If others disagree, it will merely mean somebody moves the page later.

Characters with multiple names (as in the case of alter-egos) should have redirect pages at all names and their article under their most prominent name (hence Circuit Breaker instead of Josie Beller but Donny Finkleberg instead of Robot Master). Humans should be listed with their full name if possible (except in the case of prominent alter egos) with redirects from nicknames.

Add disambiguation templates to pages only for English names. If a disambiguation link is placed for every single name use from across all languages, scrolling would be required to reach the content of several characters' pages. For example, Armada Red Alert was also called Ratchet and First Aid in Japan, both of which are also the names of other Transformers. That would be three disambiguation tags stacked on top of each other. For the sake of keeping our articles as clutter-free as possible, only English names are disambiguated.

Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity — the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article. In other words, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.

Wikis thrive on the fact that making links is simple and automatic: as you're typing in an edit window, put brackets around Portal (like this: [[Portal]]) and you'll have a link. But were you intending to link to a spell called "Portal" or perhaps you wanted the game called "Portal". Maybe you were even referring to portals that act as gateways between worlds.

There are two primary ways to resolve ambiguity between articles:

  • disambiguation links — an article discussing the most common meaning of a term can have a link at the top pointing the user to another page pertaining to a different meaning (and often utilizing a similar title).
  • disambiguation pages — non-article pages that contain no content and only refer users to other wiki pages.

Contents

Deciding when to disambiguate

Disambiguation serves a single purpose: to let the reader choose among different pages that closely relate to various meanings of a particular term (some of which might logically utilize said term in a titular fashion). The considerations of what a wiki is not are not magically invalidated for disambiguation pages. Disambiguation pages are not intended for games of "free association." Please use them carefully and only when needed.

Confusion

Ask yourself: When a reader enters this term, what article would they realistically be expecting to view as a result? When there is no risk of confusion, do not disambiguate nor add a link to a disambiguation page.

Lists

Lists of articles of which the disambiguated term forms only a part of the article title don't belong here. Disambiguation pages are not search indices. Do not add links that merely contain part of the page title (where there is no significant risk of confusion).

However, when there is a separate list article, it makes sense to have a link to it in a "See also" section. For example, a [[List of Undercity NPCs]] should have a link from [[Undercity]], but does not need to be disambiguated.

Summary or multi-stub pages

Several small topics of just a paragraph or so each can co-exist on a single page, separated by headings. Although this is similar to a disambiguation page, the disambiguation notice should not be put here, as the page doesn't link to other articles closely associated with a specific term.

As each section grows, there may come a time when a subject should have a page of its own.

Although many pages rely on this principle, it generally more common for each subject to have a separate page for its own stub (especially if the topics are unrelated).

Disambiguation links

When a user searches for a particular term, something else might be expected than what actually appears. Therefore, helpful links to any alternative articles with similar names are needed.

One way of adding disambiguation links is to include a link at the top of the page to the other article. For example,

This article is for x in context y, if you are looking for x in context z, see [[x (z)]]

Disambiguation pages

These pages are composed of a list of links. Start the page with the {{disambig}} tag. Below the tag provide a list of links to the pages that they might be looking for. You can find a sample disambig template on w:c:starter:Template:Disambig, which categorises the article automatically. In addition, by using a template of this name on an article, it will add the page to Special:Disambiguations.

Preparation

Before constructing a new disambiguation page, determine a specific topic name for existing pages, and a generic name for the disambiguation page. Move any conflicting page to its more specific name.

Use the what links here on the list of the moved page to update all of the pages that linked to them.

Construction

Assuming a generic topic page, use the Whatlinkshere 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 any old disambiguation links in existing pages with a link to the new disambiguation page.

Page naming conventions

A disambiguation page may be named after the general term ("Term XYZ"), or may have a title like "Term XYZ (disambiguation)". Usually, there should be just one page for all cases (upper- or lower-case) and variant punctuation.

For example, "Term xyz", "Term Xyz", "Term X-Y-Z", and "Term X.Y.Z." should all redirect to one page.

Generic topic

In most cases, the generic term or phrase should be the title of the actual disambiguation page. This permits an editor to visually determine whether a disambiguating page is generic in Category:Disambiguations.

Primary topic

When the primary meaning for a term or phrase is well known (indicated by a majority of links in existing articles, and by consensus of the editors of those articles), then use that topic for the title of the main article, with a disambiguation link at the top. Where there is no such consensus, there is no primary topic page.

Ensure that the "(disambiguation)" page links back to an unambiguous page name. The unambiguous page name should redirect to the primary topic page. This assists future editors (and automated processes).

Links

There is rarely a need for links directly to disambiguation pages - except from any primary topic. In most cases, links should point to the article that deals with the specific meaning intended.

See also


This article uses material from the "Help:Disambiguation" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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