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So, you need to move a page, but you're not sure on the how. That's where this quick guide comes in. Unfortunately, we don't have an auto mover tool available to the general public, and all wicks will need to be changed by hand anyway. Regardless of why a page is being moved, most of the procedure is the same regardless of whether it's a rename, a Namespace migration, or a Trope Transplant. Our example is going to be a namespace migration from a Main page to a Video Game namespace. Ads have been disabled for visual reasons and screen shots have been cropped to show important components. All scaled images are clickable to an Image Shack unscaled version.


If what you want to move is a trope, you won't be able to move it yourself. You need to inform a moderator to move it for you. Use the procedure indicated in the "Moving discussion, reviews and relationships" folder, except that you ask for a page move. Don't forget to tell where to move which page to.

If you want to rename a trope, see Everything You Wanted to Know About Changing Names.

If you're moving a Main redirect for a work to a redirect in the proper namespace for the work, cutlist the Main redirect once all its wicks have been handled.

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    Opening pages 
So, to start with, open the original article's source page in one tab, and the new page in another. To open a source page, go to the button cluster at the top of the page and click the "source" button in the lower left hand corner.

To open the new, unmade, page either modify the url (this will be shown later) or create a link in the Sandbox that you can click. In this case, the link would be VideoGame.{{Mabinogi}} which will give us VideoGame.Mabinogi (a / can be used instead of a period if you wish to hide the namespace).


    Moving content 

The source page should look like this:

Next, you'll need to highlight all the textnote  and copy itnote :

Switch to the new page and click the edit button in the "button cluster", it is located in the bottom center-right of the cluster next to the "history" button.

You will now paste the resulting text block on the new pagenote :

After pasting and double checking that the code seems right, fill in the "edit reason" space with something along the lines of "Moving page" or "trope transplant" or something else so people know you're not vandalizing the page or some such:

Clicking the "preview" page will show you a what the page will look like on the standard screen resolution; it is wise to use this feature. Once the page is properly formatted, click the "save" button which will finish the page. It should look like a normal page now.

    Moving and soft splitting subpages 

In much the same way as moving a page to a namespace, you will be copying and pasting the contents over. However, in the case of our example, there are two works with the same name, leading to shared subpages. You can either hard split them, or soft split them. We are going to soft split these pages. Now, one of them does not have a characters sheet yet, but we're setting one up preemptively to keep the tropes separate and make it all nice and pretty. See How to Split a Page for other options.

For our example, we're going to be looking at a Characters page. Change the "source" page from the main page to the characters page source using the same technique as finding the source of the original page.

Go to the address bar and change the current namespace to the appropriate subpage (characters in this case).>

Then hit enter and it should take you to a standard blank page.

You should now have a source page for the original characters and a new, blank, characters page.

Edit the blank source page by adding some highlighted labels for which work the section is for:

Copy over the information from the source page:

Click save and view the page to make sure everything fits properly:

    Moving discussion, reviews and relationships 

Check if discussion and/or reviews are attached to the old page. As these are non-standard subpages, they require their specific procedures to move them.

How to move reviews: You can move reviews yourself. This is how: Go to the review page (it's the rightmost button of the subpage bar). On the top right immediately above the review box, you will see a button that says "correct subject". Click on it. A new screen will appear with two new input boxes, the first saying "namespace", the second "wiki page". "Main" will appear as the default namespace in the upper box. Delete "Main" and enter the namespace to which the page has movednote , then type the name of the page in the second box, using Wiki Words. Click the "submit" button just below. Everything should be fine now.

How to move discussion: There's no way to move the Discussion subpage properly on your own, so you'll want to notify the moderators with a forum holler.

If you are doing a rename, don't forget to post links to the Trope Repair Shop discussion and a YKTTW for the page you are moving before hollering, if there are any of these.

"Hollering" is the system to report a forum post (for being a spam bot or other things that you think the mods want to find out about). When you holler it sends a forum post to the "holler thread" in the super secret mod forum (where the mods plot world domination, swap kitten cooking recipes and what not).

For our purposes, we're using it to get a pages discussion moved so we can turn it into a redirect or disambiguation (which depends on the context).

First, if you're moving a thread in conjunction with a Trope Repair Shop thread, holler from that thread. If you're moving a page to its proper namespace, use the Namespace Migration Thread and pick a post, it doesn't matter which. For this example, we're using generic entries, and are working from the Namespace Migration Thread. Once there, click the holler button:

Now, this will take you to the "holler" screen with a blank post that you can fill in. It automagically has the thread and post selected, so all you need to do is tell the mod in question what you want done (be sure to be polite, the wrath of angry mod is something to fear).

Since we're getting the discussion moved on a page that isn't attached, we're including the (made up) source page, [Page X] and the new page that the discussion and the YKTTW need to be pointed at, Namespace/[Page X].

Once you hit send, you will get a confirmation page showing you a copy of what you wanted sent.

Moving relationships for tropes: There is a relationship button on the upper right side of any trope page, visible with two little black persons.

Before moving the page, remove the relationships from the old page by clicking the blue square. Readd them on the new page by adding them to the box "add a parent/add a kid" on the tool.

    Changing wicks 

Now that the pages have been moved, it's time to change the wicks to point to the proper page.

Go to the related to page for the original page, it is the button on the lower right of the button cluster. It will take you to a page that looks like this:

The demonstration will only change one specific wick, the one on the selected page, And Your Reward Is Clothes. After opening the page, I prefer to use new tabs for each page, edit the page and search for the appropriate code using "ctrl" + "f" to search for the text of the page (image edited to show search bar):

Now, replace the entire link with the appropriate one. Ensure that the work title is italicized and the namespace is hiddennote . Ensure that any single word pages have curly brackets around the name so that they are linked properly.

Do this until all wicks have been replaced. If you run across a blank page, it's a so-called "phantom" or "ghost" wick. Make an "empty" edit, set a random page type and cutlist it with the cutting reason "ghost wick".

Wick cleanup is one of the most commmonly missed steps of any page move. If you lack in means to do one, there are forum threads to request assistance: this one for trope wicks and that one for namespace wicks.

Once the wicks have been cleaned out, the related to page should look roughly like thisnote :

Once the subpages have been moved you will turn the original page into a redirect so any inboundsnote  can find the page they're looking for. Or turn the page into a disambiguation page, whichever is appropriate.

    Changing page types 

We've got some basic house keeping, namely fiddling with the page types of the different pages. A slightly different page was used for the screen shots, but the basic steps are the same.

Click the button on the top of the left side labeled 1. This will drop down a list of options, click on the option labeled "set page type" marked by a 2.

You should see a screen resembling the following (actual type will vary depending on what it's set as to begin with. See What Page Types Mean for the various options):

If the page you are making will be used as an index, select the "does indexing" option. Even if it's supposed to become an index.



Now that you've gotten confirmation that all the pages are set up and moved properly, edit the original page and highlight the entire text:

If you're redirecting a page that was previously an index, remember to set the page type as "trope" first and remove the indexing, otherwise the old name will still show up at the index bars.

Instead of copying, you can hit delete or simply start typing your redirect coding:

Once you hit save, it should forward you to the proper page, where you will see the following in the upper right hand corner:

This shows you the redirect name and everything is done. If you were doing this in conjunction with a Trope Repair Shop thread, you can now holler and tell the mods you are done.

    Notification of completion 

If you're working on a Trope Repair Shop thread for a rename/split/whatever, mention in the thread that all moves have been completed and holler for a lock.

Report trope renames in this thread and note them in the Renamed Tropes page.

If you're doing a wik migration for namespace/ptitle killing, report it in this thread and this page so everything can be tracked.

    Moving an index 

First, copy over all the content like you would for any other page and change wicks to the new title, like for any other page. Be sure to set the page type to "index" on the new page, as explained above. However, if you put in the redirect now then it'll make the index bar show up twice on the bottom of a page with that index — once for the old title, once for the new.

To prevent this, change the page type on the old index to "subpage" or some such thing. Then create the redirect to the new title, and you're good to go. In theory, the type should automatically become "redirect" when you redirect it, but it can get stuck at "index", causing the double bar. Changing the page type to "subpage" means this doesn't happen, and it'll go to "redirect" without a problem.

If you come across a redirected index page that's showing up twice, you'll have to edit the redirect as well as changing the page type. Here's how.

  1. Go to the index that's the target of the redirect.
  2. Change the URL from /Main/TargetIndex to /Main/RedirectedIndex, and append ?action=edit to it. The full URL will be
  3. On the editing screen, break the redirect so you can access the main page. Do this by putting *s in, since redirects don't care about the escape sequence ([= =]) and this will show it's deliberate. The redirect should look something like [*[redirect:TargetIndex]*] rather than [[redirect:TargetIndex]].
  4. Save your edit, with an Edit Reason like "Fixing page type". You should now be looking at the normal wiki page with the broken redirect.
  5. Change the page type to "subpage" — see above for instructions.
  6. Edit the page again and take out the *s. When you save it, it should redirect to the target index and trouble with duplicate indicies will be solved.

Alternative Title(s): How To Rename A Trope, How To Rename A Page


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