Administrivia: Creating New Redirects

Sometimes, the most awesome name is not the most intuitive one. One simple solution is to make a redirect from the intuitive name to the awesome name. If you've never created a redirect before, the process can seem very mysterious. Just follow these instructions!

STOP!: Do not create redirects (or pages) for the following:

  • Misspellings: "MagicalGrrl" to Magical Girl
  • Abbreviations: "WoT" to The Wheel of Time note 
  • Accidental Wiki Words, caused by all-caps followed by either numbers or lowercase letters ("MP3", "RPGs", "NPCs"); use the [=NotAWikiWord=] markup to prevent linking these.
  • Specific examples: "KMF" to Humongous Mecha
  • Plurals: Regular plurals can be linked by surrounding the singular term with curly braces and adding the "s": {{Game Breaker}}s, for example, becomes Game Breakers. (Which should come naturally to Wikipedia Syntaxers.) Exceptions can be made for irregular pluralization ("Men" for "Man", "Companies" for "Company") or plurals within the name (Bosses In Mook Clothing for Boss in Mook Clothing).
  • Trope names with definite articles: "TheTsundere" to Tsundere (OK for show titles, though)
  • Character names that aren't used as official titles (e.g. JohnMcClane to Die Hard).
  • Memes to works that inspired them (e.g. Leekspin to Bleach).
  • Inboundless main pages for works, creators, Useful Notes or anything else that needs a different Namespace. Wicks for those should be namespaced. (Caveat: sometimes a trope will have a variant name that also happens to be a work title; in this uncommon case, the redirect should point to the trope page, not the work page, and only wicks referring to the work should be namespaced.)
  • A page that redirects somewhere else (e.g. Main.The Dark Knight Saga redirects to Film.The Dark Knight Saga, so make any new redirects to the Film/ namespace, not the Main/ namespace).
  • Variant names for tropes that don't improve clarity, but are simply a way to disguise a Pot Hole.

Other no-nos:
  • Do not redirect to the Cut List if you want to delete a page. We have a tool for that.
  • Similarly, do not redirect to URLs outside the wiki.

Once you are sure your redirect works:
  1. Add the redirect name to a page; the Wiki Sandbox is good for this.
  2. Click on the red link to create, open and edit the new redirect page. Alternatively, type the name of the new redirect into the URL bar after /Main/.
  3. Copy and paste [[redirect:NewTrope]] from the cheat-sheet on the edit page (under "show markup help"), replacing NewTrope with the name of the page you'd like to redirect to (the target page) and removing the space. Don't put a space after the colon! [[redirect:NewTrope]] will work, but [[redirect: NewTrope]] (note the space) won't.
    • if the target page is in a namespace, prepend the namespace like this: [[redirect:Anime/AnimeShow]], even if the source page is in the same namespace.
    • sometimes the redirect will not work because the target page is not recognized as a Wiki Word, in that case add curly braces as for an internal link, e.g. [[redirect:Anime/{{Title}}]]
    • When changing the old page to a redirect, after moving the original content, please remove everything but the redirect code. Otherwise the old content can cause problems when tropes are renamed or works have their namespacing changed, and create "ghost" wicks that take extra effort to change.
  4. Save your redirect page. You should be presented with the target page with words like "aka Main.RedirectTest" just under the title.
  5. Celebrate!

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Alternative Title(s):

Redirect