Wikipedia:Disambiguation dos and don'ts

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Disambiguation pages are not articles – they are navigation aids!1
Users arrive at these pages looking for a specific article. Therefore, when you edit these pages:
DO:
Green check.png Be familiar with the guidelines and style.
Green check.png Put the blue link at the start of each entry, if possible.
Green check.png Link to a primary topic, if there is one, at the top.
Green check.png Keep descriptions short. Many entries don't need one.
Green check.png Organize the page so it's easy to use.
Green check.png Link to Wiktionary using {{Wiktionary}} when appropriate.
Green check.png Use a list format with bullets (*, **, ***, etc.)
Green check.png Use fragments, not whole sentences, in entries.
Green check.png Fix incoming links to point to their intended articles.
DON'T:
Red x.svg Don't add entries without a blue link.
Red x.svg Don't put more than one blue link in an entry.
Red x.svg Don't add references or external links.
Red x.svg Don't add red links that aren't used in any articles.2
Red x.svg Don't add every article that contains the title.
Red x.svg Don't add dictionary definitions.
Red x.svg Don't end entries in punctuation of any kind.
Red x.svg Don't pipe links, unless formatting requires it.
Red x.svg Don't use vague subject areas for organization.

Also:

Do consider joining WikiProject Disambiguation.


1.^ This page sets forth guidelines in broad strokes—there are exceptions to these general dos and don'ts—so when in doubt, defer to the full guidelines.
2.^ An entry with a redlink must also include a blue link that mentions the term being disambiguated. To see if a red link is used in existing articles, click the red link, then click "What links here" in the toolbox on the left.

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