Wikipedia:Template messages/Redirect pages

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"Wikipedia:Redirect templates" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Template:Redirect.
For how to use redirect templates, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Redirect/Style guide.
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This is a list of maintenance templates which are used to categorize redirect pages.

It is sometimes considered helpful to put redirects into categories where appropriate, see Wikipedia:Categorizing redirects. For pages which should ultimately be handled by a full article, add both {{R with possibilities}} and one or more stub sorting templates to draw attention to the needed article.

Redirect templates are designed to be used together. For example, the redirect "Architechts" uses both {{R from misspelling}} and {{R from plural}}. {{This is a redirect}} can be used to add up to seven templates to a single page by listing the appropriate redirect templates as parameters.

Hidden categories[edit]

Most of the categories populated by redirect category templates (Rcats) are hidden categories. Hidden categories cannot be seen by viewers who are not logged in, nor by editors who have not set their preferences to view them. So if you have tagged a redirect with an Rcat and saved the redirect, but you cannot see the category, the first thing to check is if you have set your preferences to view hidden cats:

  1. Go to Preferences → Appearance
  2. Scroll down to Advanced options
  3. Check the box Show hidden categories
  4. Click Save

You may need to purge your browser cache to ensure that you can see hidden cats in the future.

Printworthy vs. unprintworthy[edit]

At some point in the future, Jimmy Wales wants to make a printed version of the full Wikipedia encyclopedia. Some rcats place a redirect in either Category:Printworthy redirects or Category:Unprintworthy redirects by default. Other rcats do not, which means that it is up to editors to choose to the best of their knowledge which of those categories, Printworthy or Unprintworthy, is appropriate and should be populated. The rcats that can be used separately to populate those categories are:

Please click on either one for more details.

List of redirects by function[edit]

Grammar, punctuation and spelling[edit]

Check each rcat's template page to see in which namespace(s) it may be used.
Usage Template Example(s)
Abbreviations
Initialisms {{R from initialism}} UN → United Nations
Member states of the UN → Member states of the United Nations

ANZAC → Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ({{R from acronym}})
British Broadcasting Corporation → BBC ({{R from long name}})
J. S. Bach → Johann Sebastian Bach ({{R from short name}})
Acronyms {{R from acronym}} U.N.C.L.E. → United Network Command for Law and Enforcement
APPLE → Ariane Passenger PayLoad Experiment

RBI → Run batted in ({{R from initialism}})
TLDR → Top-level domain registry ({{R from initialism}})
Capitalisation and spelling
Alternative spellings
  • For:
    • correct spelling alternatives
    • numbers to words
    • words to numbers
  • Not for:
    • misspellings
    • spelling differences that result in different pronunciations
{{R from alternative spelling}} Humor → Humour
Colonization of Africa → Colonisation of Africa
Shed 7 → Shed Seven
One → 1 (number)

Alternate future → Alternative future ({{R from alternative name}})
Pronounciation → Pronunciation ({{R from misspelling}})
Travelling Wilburys → Traveling Wilburys ({{R from misspelling}})
Capitalisation
  • For:
    • capitalisation differences
    • page names with incorrect capitalisation
  • Not for:
    • CamelCase titles from the old versions of Wikipedia
{{R from other capitalisation}} Cody ChesnuTT → Cody Chesnutt
The beatles → The Beatles

TheBeatles → The Beatles ({{R from CamelCase}})
Misspellings
  • For:
    • incorrect differences in spelling
{{R from misspelling}} Pronounciation → Pronunciation
Travelling Wilburys → Traveling Wilburys
Grammar and punctuation
Modifications
  • For:
    • punctuation differences
    • re-arrangement of words
{{R from modification}} North Korean-Russian → North Korean Russian
Russia – North Korea relations → North Korea – Russia relations
1962-63 Ashes series → 1962–63 Ashes series
From plurals
  • For:
    • plural nouns or noun phrases to their singular forms
    • plural nouns or noun phrases when the singular form is also a redirect to the same target
  • Not for:
    • singular nouns or noun phrases to their plural forms
{{R from plural}} Dogs → Dog
Mitochondria → Mitochondrium
To plurals
  • For:
    • singular nouns or noun phrases to their plural forms
    • singular nouns or noun phrases when the plural form is also a redirect to the same target
  • Not for:
    • plural nouns or noun phrases to their singular forms
{{R to plural}} Minimal medium → Minimal media
Parts of speech {{R from adjective}}
{{R from adverb}}
{{R from noun}}
{{R from proper noun}}
{{R from verb}}
happy → happiness
magically → magic
advertiser → advertising
World Island → Afro-Eurasia
coagulate → coagulation

Alternative names[edit]

Check each rcat's template page to see in which namespace(s) it may be used.
Usage Template Example(s)
Full names such as
Municipality, State
forms or
Village, City forms to briefer name form
{{R from name and country}} (see also {{R from more specific geographic name}} for other geographic variations)
Full names
persons, things, topics and such alternative forms of names redirected to briefer article page names
{{R from long name}}
Short names
persons, things, topics and such alternative forms of names redirected to full article page names
{{R from short name}}
Alternative names
general pseudonyms, nicknames, and synonyms that are not historic names or a full name as above
{{R from alternative name}}
More specific names
names that are more specific, less general that that used for the actual article (often as the result of WP:RM discussions involving WP:COMMONNAME), but not simply longer versions of the same name as above
{{R from more specific name}} (see also {{R from more specific geographic name}} and its variants for places)
Personal names
articles are titled by WP:COMMONNAME which often is not the subject's personal name; yet, it is relevant and should be linked—for categorization and tracking—and its search worthiness
{{R from personal name}} Peter Hernandez
David R. Jones
Incorrect names
articles that were renamed (moved) to correct name that left a redirect behind
{{R from incorrect name}}
Previous names (no historic significance) {{R from former name}}
Previous names that do have historic significance, where subsumed into a modern entity or region (also populates Category:Printworthy redirects) {{R from historic name}} Calcutta → Kolkata
Scientific names
  • from formal name to commonplace article name (automatic Printworthy category)
  • commonplace name to more formal, specific article name
  • from alternative scientific name to correct (or believed to be correct) scientific name
  • from molecular/chemical formula to scientific or common name (automatic Printworthy category)

{{R from scientific name}}
{{R to scientific name}}
{{R from alternative scientific name}}
{{R from molecular formula}}
Technical names
  • from technical term to common name (automatic Printworthy category)
  • from common name to more technical name

{{R from technical name}}
{{R to technical name}}
Other languages {{R from alternative language}}
Diacritical marks {{R from diacritics}}
{{R from title without diacritics}}
Unambiguous surnames {{R from surname}}
Pre-marital names {{R nee}}

Disambiguation[edit]

Check each rcat's template page to see in which namespace(s) it may be used.
Usage Template Example(s)
Titles with disambiguators that aren't needed {{R from unnecessary disambiguation}} Jupiter (planet) → Jupiter
Shir Kahn (disambiguation) → Shir Kahn ({{R to disambiguation page}})
Facilitate disambiguation {{R to disambiguation page}}
For ambiguous phrases covered by another disambiguation page {{R from ambiguous page}}

Merges, duplicates and moves[edit]

Use these rcat templates in any namespace.
Usage Template Example(s)
Duplicated articles {{R from duplicated article}}
Merges
Check page history to see if a redirect is from an article merged into another page.
{{R from merge}}
Page moves
Check page history to see if a redirect is the result of a page renaming.
{{R from move}}

To namespaces[edit]

Check each rcat's template page to see in which namespace(s) it may be used.
Usage Template Example(s)
The following can sort redirects into either a cross-namespace category or a same-namespace category:
Wikipedia (project) namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the Wikipedia namespace to a page outside of the Wikipedia namespace
{{R to project namespace}} Wikipedia:MOS → Wikipedia:Manual of Style
MOS:ABBR → Wikipedia:Manual of Style (abbreviations)
Help:IPA → Wikipedia:IPA
Help namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the help namespace to a page outside of the help namespace
{{R to help namespace}} Help:Magic word → Help:Magic words
H:R → Help:Redirect (H:R is in the Main namespace)
Wikipedia:Thumbnail → Help:Files
Portal namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the portal namespace to a page outside of the portal namespace
{{R to portal namespace}} Portal:Beatles → Portal:The Beatles
P:ENG → Portal:England
Wikipedia:0 → Portal:Contents
The following will sort redirects into a cross-namespace category:
Main namespace
  • For:
    • a page outside of the main namespace to a page in the main namespace
  • Not for:
    • a page in the main namespace to any page
{{R to main namespace}} Template:DSM IV TR → Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Beatles → The Beatles
Talk namespaces
  • For:
    • a page outside of the talk namespace to a page in the talk namespace
  • Not for:
    • a page in the talk namespace to any page
{{R to talk page}} Help:Table → Talk:Library
Wikipedia:Edit conflict → Wikipedia talk:Edit conflict
User talk:Simon → User:Simon ({{R to user namespace}})
User talk:Jimbo → Talk:Genius
Template namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the template namespace to any page
{{R to template namespace}} T:S → Template:Strikethrough (T:S is in the Main namespace.)
Template:R from → Template:R template index
User namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the user namespace to any page
{{R to user namespace}} Wikipedia:MOS → User:Jimbo Wales
User talk:Tricky Ed → User:SuperEditor

User:SuperEditor → User talk:Tricky Ed ({{R to talk page}})
User:SuperEditor → User:Tricky Ed
User:Jimbo Wales/Workpage → User:Jimbo Wales
Category namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the category namespace to any page
{{R to category namespace}} CAT:A → Category:Wikipedia adminship (CAT:A is in the Main namespace)
Category:A → Category:Wikipedia adminship

Miscellaneous[edit]

Check each rcat's template page to see in which namespace(s) it may be used.
Usage Template Example(s)
Old-style CamelCase links {{R from CamelCase}}
To redirect to decade article {{R to decade}}
Links auto-generated from Exif information {{R from Exif}}
List entry {{R to list entry}}
People who are members of a group, organisation, ensemble or team {{R from member}}
Sub-topics or closely related topics that should be explained within the text, which may possibly become a future article {{R with possibilities}}
Related terms or topics {{R to related topic}}
Related words {{R from related word}}
From school stub to merge location {{R from school}}
Section
Note R to anchor below and how the targets are similar. The target must be clicked and checked to be able to tell the difference.
{{R to section}} WP:SOURCE → Wikipedia:Verifiability#Reliable sources
N270 → Intel Atom (CPU)#Diamondville ({{R to anchor}})
Embedded anchor
The category page notes that this does not apply to anchors that are in or near section headers. Use R to section instead.
{{R to anchor}} Fire-lizard → Pern#fire-lizard
FAT-32 → File Allocation Table#FAT32 (Note the hyphen – use {{R to section}} because this is a "section anchor".)
To target from a shortcut (not a "template shortcut"—see below) {{R from shortcut}} WP:BOLD → Wikipedia:Be bold
Template:Vanchor → Template:Visible anchor ({{R from template shortcut}})
To target from a template shortcut
If the target is a template, then the redirect is a "template shortcut" no matter what namespace it is in.
{{R from template shortcut}} Template:Cn → Template:Citation needed
T:S → Template:Strikethrough
Template:WP:UTM → Wikipedia:Template messages/User talk namespace ({{R from shortcut}})
From a song to an album or artist {{R from song}}
From an album to an artist {{R from album}}
From an Internet domain name {{R from domain name}} (alias {{R from dotcom}}) Thomas.loc.gov → THOMAS
Gnu.org → GNU
Openoffice.org → OpenOffice.org ({{R from other capitalisation}})
From a single Unicode character {{R from Unicode}}
From a phrase {{R from phrase}}
To an article without mention {{R without}} Abel's Ark redirects to Xenosaga but is not mentioned in that article.

Alphabetical listing[edit]

What to type What it makes

{{R from airport code}}
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{{R from album}}
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  • This is a redirect from an album to a related topic such as the recording artist. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from alternative character}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title for an alternative version of the comic book character detailed in the target article.
    • In accordance with the Manual of Style (comics) guidelines, when the target article becomes too big, this redirect may be replaced with an article carved out of the target page after discussion on the target talk page.
    • Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from alternative language}}
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  • This is a redirect from an alternative language – a page name in one language to a page name in another language. These words may directly translate or they may be related words, names or phrases.
    • It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for titles in other languages and can help writing. However, do not replace these redirected links with a piped link unless the page is updated for another reason. For more information, follow the redirect category (rcat) template link above.
{{R from alternative name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is another name, a pseudonym, a nickname, or a synonym of the target or of an associated name. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, see the category.
{{R from alternative spelling}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title with a different spelling. Pages that use this link may be updated to link directly to the target page. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from ambiguous page}}
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  • This is a redirect from an ambiguous page title to a disambiguation page. These redirects are pointed to by links that should always be disambiguated. Therefore, this template should never appear on a page that has "(disambiguation)" in its title. Use {{R to disambiguation page}} instead. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to anchor}}
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  • This is a redirect from a topic that does not have its own page to an anchored part of a page on the subject. For more information follow the category link and see the template documentation.
    • The {{anchor}} (or <span id=(anchor)> ... </span> tags or |id= attribute) might be installed above a paragraph within a section or within a table. Also, the anchor might be an old section header that has been changed that is anchored within or near the new header to prevent link breakages, both internal links and those from sister projects and the Internet.
    • While existing (live) section headers of the general form == (header name) == are themselves a type of anchor, do not use this rcat to tag such redirects; use {{R to section}} instead.
{{R from antonym}}
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{{R from ATC code}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is an ATC code to an article about a pharmaceutical drug or to a section of an ATC list. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from ATCvet code}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is an ATCvet code to an article about a veterinary drug or to a section of an ATCvet list. For more information follow the category link.

{{R from birth name}}
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  • This is a redirect from the birth name of a person to a more common name or a related topic. For more information follow the category link.
    • Use this rcat to tag mainspace redirects; when the title exactly matches the subject's given name at birth. If the redirect differs from the birth name, use {{R from personal name}} instead. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from book}}
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  • This is a redirect from a book title to a more general, relevant article, such as the author or publisher of the book or to its title in an alternative language.
    • Books should only have an individual article when they meet Wikipedia's notability guidelines and there is enough material to warrant a detailed article. For more information, follow the category link.


{{R from brand name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a brand name to a generic name. For more information follow the category link.

{{R from CamelCase}}
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  • This is a redirect from a camel case page name. In the initial versions of Wikipedia, all links had to be "CamelCase", i.e., words that used medial capitals; they were "two-humped" like a Bactrian camel. They are kept to maintain edit history and to avoid breaking links that may have been made externally. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from Canadian settlement name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title of an article related to a Canadian settlement. This title has been redirected in accordance with the article naming conventions in the Manual of Style for Canada-related articles. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to category}}
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{{R to character list entry}}
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  • This is a redirect from a fictional character to a related fictional work or list of characters. The destination may be an article about a related fictional work that mentions this character, a subsection, or a standalone list of characters. For more information, follow the category link above and see the template documentation.
{{R from city and province}}
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{{R from city and state}}
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{{R for convenience}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is intended to make it easier to get to the target page; the target is a more appropriate page for the purpose of the redirected page.
    • For example, this may be a redirect from a title that is another name, a pseudonym, a nickname, or a synonym as is used colloquially, but is not currently an officially accepted term, though it may have been in the past. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. However, do not replace these redirected links with a piped link unless the page is updated for another reason. For more information, see the category.

{{R to decade}}
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  • This is a redirect from a year(s) to the associated decade article. Years from 1700 BC to 500 BC should redirect to the relevant decade in accord with Wikipedia:Timeline standards.
    • Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page; individual articles may be created for these years in future. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R to disambiguation page}}
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  • This is a redirect to a disambiguation page. This redirect is intended for use in links from other articles that need to refer to the disambiguation page, rather than be disambiguated. Therefore, this template should only appear on a redirect page that has "(disambiguation)" in its title. For more information, see the category link.
{{R from incorrect disambiguation}}
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  • This is a redirect from a page name with incorrect disambiguation because of a typographical error or a format that does not follow Wikipedia convention. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from incomplete disambiguation}}
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  • This is a redirect from an incomplete disambiguation, i.e., a disambiguating title that is too ambiguous to identify an article. Such titles should generally redirect to the appropriate disambiguation page (or section of it). For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from other disambiguation}}
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  • This is a redirect to a page title with a different disambiguation qualifier. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from unnecessary disambiguation}}
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  • This is a redirect to a page title without the unneeded disambiguation qualifier. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from domain name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a domain name to an article about a website (or the company that hosts it) that is more often referred to by its short name rather than its domain name.
    • Use this redirect link (without piping) when the link in the context specifically concerns the website. Other pages using this link should be updated to replace the text with the redirect target (again, without piping). For more information follow the category and article links.
{{R from duplicated article}}
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  • This is a redirect from a page on the same or very similar subject matter that was kept as a redirect in order to preserve this page's edit history after the content was merged. Please do not delete this page or remove this tag (unless the need to recreate this article is demonstrated). For more information follow the category link.

{{ER to list entry}}
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  • This is a redirect from a television related title for an episode to a list of episodes, a type of article which is a collection of brief descriptions and covers the subject more comprehensively. Links to list entries should use this redirect and should not be piped with the target pagename. This allows "what links here" to be used to identify the links to the individual sections.
{{R from eponym}}
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  • This is a redirect from an eponym. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from Exif}}
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  • This is a redirect from a wikilink created from JPEG Exchangeable image file format (Exif) information (i.e. the "metadata" section on some image description pages) to a more detailed description of the Exif wikilink. Since MediaWiki offers only very limited control over the target of these camera-generated links, redirects like this are created to make them useful.
    • WARNING: It might appear that no pages link to this redirect. This is because the Exif links don't show up in these listings. This redirect is most probably not orphaned!

{{FictR to list entry}}
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  • This is a redirect from a fictional element (such as an object or concept) to a related fictional work or list of elements. The destination may be an article about a related fictional work that mentions this element, a subsection, or a standalone list of elements. For more information, follow the category link above and see the template documentation.
    • For redirects named for fictional characters, use {{R from fictional character}}.
    • For redirects named for fictional places, use {{R from fictional place}}.
{{R from file extension}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is a file extension (e.g. .exe and .txt are "file extensions") to a related topic, such as an explanatory article, section of an article or a table.
    • It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from filename}}
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This is a redirect from a title that is a filename of the target (e.g., Notepad.exe --> Notepad (software)).

It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link.

For more information, see this reference page and the Category:Redirects from filenames.

{{R from film}}
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  • This is a redirect from a film. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from former name}}
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{{R from former Swiss municipality}}
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This is a redirect from a title for a former Swiss municipality, it currently redirects to the municipality to which it was merged.

With time, this topic should be an article of its own. This redirect may be replaced with an article started from scratch carved out of the target page, if applicble. When appropriate, add categories, interwiki links and perhaps a stub template or two to the redirect page as well.

Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page.

For more information, see the auto-category: Category:Redirects with possibilities.


{{R from gender}}
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  • This is a redirect from a word or phrase that specifies a gender or sex to one whose title is either gender-neutral or specific to the opposite gender. For more information follow the category link.


{{R from given name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a given name. It is used because Wikipedia has only one biographical article of a person by this given name, or because one individual is ubiquitously known by this given name (other persons sharing this name might be listed at a primary topic disambiguation page). For more information, follow the category link.

{{R from highway}}
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  • This is a redirect from a highway title that may be a topic more detailed than the target page. When the target page becomes too long, this redirect may be converted into an article that will be carved out of the target page.
    • Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from highway in region}}
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This is a redirect from the form "Highway in Region" to the "Highway" article. When the target page becomes too big, this redirect may be replaced with an article carved out of the target page.

Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page.

For more information, see the category.

See also Template:R from highway in region without possibilites.


{{R from highway in region without possibilities}}
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This is a redirect from the form "Highway in Region" to the "Highway" article, where it is likely that the former will never be a separate article.

Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page, since there is still a chance of it becoming a separate article.

For more information, see the category.



{{R from historic name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is another name, a pseudonym, a nickname, or a synonym that has a significant historic past as a region, state, principate's holding, city, city-state or such, and which region has been subsumed into a modern era municipality, district or state, or otherwise has experienced a name change. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. However, do not replace these redirected links with a piped link unless the page is updated for another reason. For more information follow the category link.

{{R from an incomplete name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is a shortened form of a person's full name or other complete, general target-article title.
    • Use this rcat (not {{R from initialism}}) to tag redirects that are the initials of a person's name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from incorrect name}}
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  • This is a redirect from an erroneous name, i.e., either an incorrect name or a title that is unsuitable as a Wikipedia article. The correct name is given by the target of the redirect. Pages using this link should be updated to link directly to the target without the use of a piped link that hides the correct details. For more information, follow the category link and see the template documentation.
{{R from initialism}}
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  • This is a redirect from an initialism to a related topic, such as the expansion of the initialism. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from ISO 639}}
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This is a redirect from a title that is an ISO 639 language code. See the category links for more information.

{{R from ISO 15924}}
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This is a redirect from a title that contains an ISO 15924 script code.

{{R to list entry}}
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This redirect for low density lists, such as municipalities in a state.
Contrast to {{R to section}}, and {{R with possibilities}}.
  • This is a redirect to a list in which the subject is an entry. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from London bus}}
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{{R from long name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is a complete or more complete name of a person, organization, legislative act, etc. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. However, do not replace these redirected links with a piped link unless the page is updated for another reason. For more information, see the category.

{{R from maiden name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a person's maiden (née) name to their current name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R ME from alternative name}}
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  • This is a redirect from an alternative name or title of a Middle-earth related topic. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R ME from alternative spelling}}
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  • This is a redirect from a Middle-earth related title to an article with correct spelling. Pages that use this link may be updated to link directly to the target page. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R ME from duplicated article}}
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  • This is a redirect from a redundant title related to the Middle-earth legendarium. It should not be used in articles, and the redirect is only preserved for system maintenance purposes.
{{R ME from former name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a former name or working title of a Middle-earth related topic. Do not change the name in the article where a link to this redirect appears. The link should be piped, but only if the article is otherwise edited.
{{R from member}}
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  • This is a redirect from a person who is a member of a group to a more general, related topic, such as the group, organization, ensemble or team to which he or she belongs. For more information follow the category link.
{{R mentioned in hatnote}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is is mentioned in a hatnote. The mention is usually at the top of the target article, but it may also be mentioned in a section hatnote or in another article's hatnote.
    • The titles of redirects mentioned in hatnotes may refer to a subject other than that of the target page. It is possible that this redirect may need to be retargeted, or become an article in its own right (see {{R with possibilities}}), or it may be a good candidate for a Wiktionary link.
{{R from merge}}
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  • This is a redirect from a page that was merged into the target page. This page was kept as a redirect to the corresponding main article on the topic it names, in order to preserve the page's edit history after its content was merged into the target article's content. Please do not remove the tag that generates this text (unless the need to recreate an article on this page has been demonstrated), nor delete this page. For more information, see the category.
{{R ME to list entry}}
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{{R ME to section}}
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{{R ME without diacritics}}
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  • This is a redirect to the same Middle-earth page title with diacritical marks.
    • Use this redirect link (without piping) when the page concerns language translation or English language equivalents. Other pages using this link should be updated to replace text with the redirect target (again, without piping). For more information, follow the category link.
{{R ME with possibilities}}
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  • This is a redirect from a Middle-earth related title for a topic that currently redirects to a section or entry in a list, and which it may be possible to expand into a separate article. The topic described by the title is more detailed than what is currently provided on the target page, or section of that page.
    • When the target page becomes too large, this redirect may be replaced with an article carved out of the target page. See also Template:R ME to section, and when appropriate, use both together.
    • Conversely, if the topic is not susceptible to a major expansion, tag instead with Template:R ME to section, or Template:R ME to list entry, depending on how the topic should be handled.
    • Do not replace these redirected links with a link directly to the target page. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from misspelling}}
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  • This is a redirect from a misspelling or typographical error. The correct spelling is given by the target of the redirect.
    • This redirect is made available to aid searches. Pages that use this link should be updated to link directly to the target without the use of a piped link that hides the correct details. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from modification}}
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Don't use this in addition to {{R from transliteration}} which is a subset
{{R from molecular formula}}
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  • This is a redirect from a molecular/chemical formula to its scientific or common name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from monotypic taxon}}
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Used in a biology-related article, this is a redirect from a monotypic taxon to its only member at a lower rank. (For instance, when a family has only one genus, the family name is normally a redirect to the sole genus.)

Use {{R to monotypic taxon}} when making a redirect to a monotypic taxon from its only member (e.g. from the species to the genus).

{{R to monotypic taxon}}
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Used in a biology-related article, this is a redirect to a monotypic taxon from its only member at a lower rank. (For instance, when a genus has only one species, the binomial name is normally a redirect to the genus.)

Use {{R from monotypic taxon}} when making a redirect from a monotypic taxon to its only member.

{{R from move}}
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  • This is a redirect from a page that has been moved/renamed. This page was kept as a redirect to avoid breaking links that may have been made, both internally and externally, to the old article title. This template automatically tags any redirect that results from a page move. For more information follow the category link.

{{R from name and country}}
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{{R from non-neutral name}}
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This is a redirect from a title that is a non-neutral or offensive name, a pseudonym, a nickname, or a synonym.

It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for neutrality in article titles and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link.

For more information, see this reference page and the Category:Redirects from non-neutral names.

{{R from numerals}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that includes the mathematical symbol of a number to an article with the word form of the number. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to numerals}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that includes the word form of a number to an article with the mathematical symbol of the number in its title. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from NYC bus}}
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{sidenote|Note: Many templates defined with the word 'other' below are aliased by redirected templates that use the word 'alternative' instead.}}

{{R from other capitalisation}}
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{{R to other namespace}}
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{{R from people}}
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  • This is a redirect from multiple people, a topic more specific than what is currently provided on the target page, or section of that page, hence something which can and should be expanded.
{{R from personal name}}
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  • Because Wikipedia's article titles conform to WP:COMMONNAME, the title is often not the personal name the subject uses, has used, or been referenced as. These personal names can be a redirect tagged by this rcat for sorting and to aid searches.
  • If this is the personal name of a living person, then one or more reliable sources must be included in the target article which support this redirect's existence or else you must add the references to this redirect's talk page. This accords with Wikipedia's biography of living persons policy, which applies to all pages, across the project; including redirects.
  • Use this rcat only on redirects that are in Wikipedia's mainspace, and only when the personal name differs from the subject's given name at birth. If the redirect matches the subject's birth name, use {{R from birth name}} instead. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from phrase}}
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  • This is a redirect from a phrase to a more general relevant article covering the topic.
    • Phrases should only have an individual article when there is enough (usually historical background) material to warrant a detailed article on the genesis and sociological impact of the phrase in question. For more information, see Category:Redirects from phrases.
    • If the phrase is a slogan, use {{R from slogan}}. If it is a quotation, use {{R from quotation}}.
{{R from plural}}
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{{R to singular}}
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  • This is a redirect from a plural noun to its singular form. Either {{R from plural}} or {{R to singular}} may be used to tag plural redirects. For more information, follow the category link.
    • This redirect link is used for convenience, usually for plurals that do not follow simple conventions. In many cases, it is preferable to add the plural directly after the link (for example, [[link]]s). However, do not replace these redirected links with a simpler link unless the page is updated for another reason (see WP:NOTBROKEN).
    • Use this rcat to tag mainspace redirects; when plural forms are found in other namespaces, use {{R from modification}} instead.


{{R to plural}}
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and/or
{{R from singular}}
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  • This is a redirect from a singular noun to its plural form. Either {{R to plural}} or {{R from singular}} may be used to tag singular redirects. For more information, follow the category link.
    • Redirects of this sort exist for reader convenience in cases of singular–plural pairs or false singulars, wherein the plural or plural-looking form is better attested in usage, such that the normal "prefer the singular" Wikipedia naming convention is not followed. Example: [[Trouser]] → [[Trousers]].
    • Use this rcat to tag mainspace redirects; when singular forms are found in other namespaces, use {{R from modification}} instead.


{{R to portal}}
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  • This is a redirect from any page inside or outside of portal namespace to a page in that namespace. For more information, see the categories (each category is populated automatically).
{{R with possibilities}}
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  • This is a redirect from a subject that potentially could be expanded into an article or other type of associated Wikipedia page. The topic described by the title is more detailed than what is currently provided on the target page, or section of that page. For more information, follow the category link.
    • When the target page becomes too large, this redirect may be replaced with an article carved out of the target page. See also Template:R to section, and when appropriate, use both together.
    • Conversely, if the topic is not susceptible to a major expansion, tag instead with Template:R to section, or Template:R to list entry, depending on how the topic should be handled.
    • Do not replace links to this redirect with a link directly to the target page.
{{R from predecessor company name}}
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{{R printworthy}}
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{{R from product}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is the name of a product of the target.. It leads to the title in accordance with the naming conventions for common names and can help writing. It is not necessary to replace these redirected links with a piped link. For more information, see the category.
{{R to project}}
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  • This is a redirect from any page inside or outside of project (Wikipedia) namespace to a page in that namespace. For more information, see the categories (each category is populated automatically).See also {{R to help}}
{{R from pseudonym}}
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  • This is a redirect from a pseudonym, i.e. a stage name or pen name, usually of a performing artist or author. For more information follow the category link.

{{R to redirect template}}
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  • This is a redirect to a redirect category (rcat) template. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to related topic}}
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{{R from related word}}
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  • This is a redirect from a word (or phrase) to a page title that is related in some way. This redirect might be a good candidate for a Wiktionary link.
    • Redirects from related words are not properly redirects from alternative spellings of the same word, but at the same time they are also different than redirects from a subtopic, since the related word is unlikely to warrant a full subtopic in the target page. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from railroad name with ampersand}}
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This is a redirect from a title of a railroad that is correct, but uses an ampersand in place of the word "and". The naming convention for railroad companies is to use "and".

For more information, follow the link to Category:Redirects from railroad names with ampersands or see this reference page.


{{R from school}}
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  • This is a redirect from a school article that may have had very little information. The information from this article has probably been merged into an appropriate location or school district page. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from scientific name}}
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  • This is a redirect from the scientific name to the common name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to scientific name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a common name to the scientific name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to section}}
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This redirect for higher density (prose intensive) list organised pages, or when a technical term is redirected into the section of larger article covering the material. Example: Important characters in a fictional milieu, where there may be several paragraphs of related information or biographical information, but the character's coverage would be too short for a stand-alone article.
  • This is a redirect from a topic that does not have its own page to a section of a page on the subject. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from short name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a title that is a shortened form of a person's full name or other complete, general target-article title.
    • Use this rcat (not {{R from initialism}}) to tag redirects that are the initials of a person's name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from shortcut}}
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  • This is a redirect from a shortcut in any namespace to a page in any namespace except template namespace.
{{R from song}}
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  • This is a redirect from a song title to a more general, relevant article, such as an artist, album or film.
    • There is consensus that the majority of songs do not meet Wikipedia's notability guidelines. Songs should only have an individual article when there is enough material to warrant a detailed article. For more information, follow the category link.


{{R from sort name}}
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  • This is a redirect from the target's sorting name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to Spanish municipality}}
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{{R from specific geographic name}}
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{{R from stock symbol}}
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This is a redirect from a stock symbol.

For more information, follow the link to: Category:Redirects from stock symbols.


{{R from subsidiary title}}
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This is a redirect from a subsidiary title in the peerage system. The correct name is given by the target of the redirect.

Pages using this link should be updated to link directly to the redirect target, without using a piped link that hides the correct details.

This template is a special case of {{R from incorrect name}}

For more information, see the category and template documentation.



{{R from subtopic without possibilities}}
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  • This is a redirect from an unsuitably titled subtopic of an article or list to the corresponding article's in-context prose that defines the subject of the redirect.
    • Redirects may target content that summarizes a topic that has research appeal but insufficient depth or scope to warrant its own section let alone an entire article. These topics are nonetheless, important within some field and useful for interlinking from other articles. They are indexed to return links to external search engines, increasing accessibility and attracting readers to explore Wikipedia's content.
    • Use this rcat to tag mainspace redirects of these researchable topics that almost certainly will never have a stand alone article. For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from surname}}
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  • This is a redirect from a surname.
    • It is used because Wikipedia has only one biographical article of a person by this surname, or because one individual is ubiquitously known by this surname (other persons sharing this name might be listed at a primary topic disambiguation page). For more information, follow the category link.
{{R to Swiss municipality (canton)}}
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This is a redirect to an article about a municipality of Switzerland. The redirecting page has a title in the form "< name of municipality> (< name of canton > )". For the municipality Aclens in the Canton of Vaud, this is "Aclens (Vaud)".
{{R to Swiss municipality 2L}}
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This is a redirect to an article about a municipality of Switzerland. The redirecting page has a title in the form "<name of municipality> <two letter abbreviation of canton> )". For the municipality Aclens in the Canton of Vaud, this is "Aclens VD".
{{R to Swiss municipality (, Switzerland)}}
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This is a redirect to an article about a municipality of Switzerland. The redirecting page has a title in the form "<name of municipality>, Switzerland".

For the municipality Aclens in the Canton of Vaud, this would "Aclens, Switzerland", if there was no other municipality named "Aclens" in Switzerland.
{{R from systematic name}}
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This is a redirect from a systematic name to a common name.

For more information, follow the category link.


{{R to talk page}}
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{{R from technical name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a more technical name to a common name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R to technical name}}
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  • This is a redirect from a common term to a more technical name. For more information follow the category link.
{{R from telephone number}}
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{{R from template shortcut}}
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  • This is a redirect from a template shortcut in any namespace to a page in template namespace.
{{R from tense}}
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This is a redirect to an article whose title is a verb, from a title which is a different tense of that verb. (On Wikipedia, most verb-titled articles are gerunds).


{{R from title without diacritics}}
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For actual transliterations use {{R from transliteration}}.
  • This is a redirect to the exact same page title with diacritical marks (accents, umlauts etc.).
    • Use this redirect link (without piping) when the page concerns language translation or English language equivalents. Other pages using this link should be updated to replace text with the redirect target (again, without piping). For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from trade name}}
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This is a redirect from the trade name of a drug to the International Nonproprietary Name. See the category on the documentation page for more information.


{{R from transliteration}}
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  • This is a redirect from an alternative English transliteration to a more common variation. The correct spelling is .


{{R from Twitter username}}
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These redirects are Twitter usernames that link to its subject's main article. Every redirect's title in this category should start with an "at sign" (@).

For more information, see Category:Redirects from Twitter usernames.


{{R from tzid}}
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{{R from Unicode}}
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  • This is a redirect from a single Unicode character to an article or Wikipedia project page that names the character and describes its usage. For a multiple-character long title with diacritics, use template {{R from diacritics}} instead. For more information follow the category and template links.
{{R to unicode name}}
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Same as {{R from title without diacritics}}, but with a more intuitive name.
  • This is a redirect to the exact same page title with diacritical marks (accents, umlauts etc.).
    • Use this redirect link (without piping) when the page concerns language translation or English language equivalents. Other pages using this link should be updated to replace text with the redirect target (again, without piping). For more information, follow the category link.
{{R from UN/LOCODE}}
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This is a redirect from a title that is an UN/LOCODE geographic code.

See also

{{R from US postal abbreviation}}
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{{R from Wade-Giles}}
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This is a redirect from the Wade-Giles spelling of a Chinese word or name to the pinyin or other preferred spelling. See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Chinese).


{{R to warning template}}
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{{R from warning template}}
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This page is a redirect to (or from) a user warning template. For more information, see Category:Redirects to warning templates.


{{R from year}}
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Related templates[edit]

What to type What it makes
{{This is a redirect}}
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{{Deprecated shortcut}}
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{{Deprecated template}}
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{{Talk page of redirect}}
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Soft redirects
{{Category redirect}}
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This template should only be used on category pages.
{{Soft redirect}}
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#REDIRECT[[new page name|]]
This page is a soft redirect.
Header for redirect categories
{{Redirect category}}
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Notes[edit]

  • {{This is a redirect}} can be used to add up to seven redirect category templates to redirects. Click the link and see template documentation for details.
  • For Talk pages, there are only certain redirect category templates you should use. The only rcats that apply to Talk pages are {{R from alternative name}}, {{R from shortcut}}, those associated with moves, merges, disambiguations and cross-namespace redirects. For more information, click on the templates. See also {{Talk page of redirect}}.
  • If a redirect is tagged incorrectly, for example, if an editor places a mainspace-only rcat on a redirect in another namespace, the redirect will not be sorted into the expected category. Instead, the redirect may be sorted into Category:Pages with incorrectly transcluded templates, a category that should be empty.
  • When rcats are used to categorize image-file redirects, the category(ies) may not appear on the redirect page after saving even if preferences are set to view hidden cats. Yet the image-file redirect will still populate the category(ies). For example, in the Category:Redirects from moves at the bottom of the page under section heading Media in category "Redirects from moves", an image-file redirect has been correctly categorized, and yet {{Redr|move|short}}'s categories may not appear on the image-file redirect's page. Hidden categories on image-file redirects can also be detected by clicking on "Page information" in the Tools.

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