Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation

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Scope[edit]

All disambiguation pages, as described at Wikipedia:Disambiguation.

Goals[edit]

  1. Copy-edit disambiguation pages to conform to the Manual of Style.
  2. Eliminate links to disambiguation pages, such as the massive list at Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links, and keep Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links/Maintenance under control.

How to help[edit]

The dab-cleaning broom

First, please read Wikipedia:Manual of Style (disambiguation pages), which describes disambiguation pages; and Wikipedia:Disambiguation, which describes guidelines about when and how to disambiguate.

If you are a coder, you can help with the automated tools:

Create or move a disambiguation page[edit]

There are many instances where a new disambiguation page is needed. You can help by disambiguating the entries listed at Wikipedia:Suggestions for disambiguation repair.

Use "Foo" rather than "Foo (disambiguation)" as the disambiguation page name unless there is a primary topic. If "Foo" is a redirect to "Foo (disambiguation)", the disambiguation page is malplaced, and should be moved from "Foo (disambiguation)" to "Foo". In some cases, you may be able to use the move tool immediately. If the move requires an administrator, you can report it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Malplaced disambiguation pages#Manual list or tag the redirect with {{db-movedab}}.

Clean up a disambiguation page[edit]

Pick a page from Category:Disambiguation pages in need of cleanup. Check the recent edit summaries in the history and the talk page for comments earlier editors may have left. When you finish cleaning up a page, please change its {{disambiguation cleanup}} to {{disambiguation}} (or change {{hndis-cleanup}} to {{hndis}}).

If you see that a disambiguation page needs to be cleaned up, but you cannot or do not want to do it yourself, you can tag the page for cleanup by changing the {{disambiguation}} template to {{disambiguation cleanup}} (or changing {{hndis}} to {{hndis-cleanup}}). These -cleanup templates add the page to Category:Disambiguation pages in need of cleanup and change the descriptive text on the page. You can describe specific problems on the talk page of the disambiguation page to help other editors see what needs to be done.

Disambiguation pages do not use hatnotes, except for {{distinguish}} and {{selfref}} on base-name dabs. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Disambiguation pages with hatnotes for a list to investigate.

Find additional ambiguous terms for 2-DAB pages[edit]

Pick a page from Category:Disambiguation pages containing one non-primary topic, and see if you can find (or create) other articles in the wiki that can be added to turn a 2-DAB into a 3-or-more DAB.

If you come across a page with only 2 ambiguous terms, one of which is the primary topic, you can tag the top with {{Only-two-dabs}}, which will notify users that the page needs additional disambiguation terms, and will place the page in 2-DAB category listed above.

Repair incoming links[edit]

Most links from articles to disambiguation pages are in error and need to be repaired. They can be repaired by choosing an article and repairing all its links to disambiguation pages, or by choosing a disambiguation page and repairing all incoming links to it from articles.

To choose an article, type its page name into the dablinks tool (see below). For help, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Fixing a page.

To choose a disambiguation page, see the "Finding disambiguation pages" section below. There is a Wikipedia Project devoted to this: Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links.

Do not guess how to fix the link; if you have trouble, tag the link with {{disambiguation needed}}.

If you want a challenge, try to repair difficult links, those tagged with {{disambiguation needed}}. Articles with such tagged links can be found in Category:Articles with links needing disambiguation, and tips on repairing them is given in Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation/Fixing links.

You may also consider "adopting" a disambiguation page.

When you fix or tag a link, leave an edit summary pointing to this project. Suggested edit summary:

Repaired link to disambiguation page: [[Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation|please help]]

Repair redirects[edit]

Merge incomplete disambiguations[edit]

Incomplete disambiguation pages are disambiguation pages that also have a disambiguated title (a title with a parenthetical phrase appended). These disambiguated titles are supposed to be unambiguous; if they are still ambiguous, the incomplete disambiguation should redirect to the disambiguation page or a section of it.

Resources[edit]

Finding disambiguation pages[edit]

Project watchlist[edit]

Templates[edit]

Disambiguation templates are listed under the "general" category of template messages. Most of these templates do not have usage guidelines associated with them on their Talk pages, however, some direction is provided for hatnotes at Wikipedia:Hatnote#Hatnote templates and Wikipedia:Disambiguation#Disambiguation links.

" * " = no usage guidelines

On disambiguation pages:

On talk pages:

  • {{WikiProject Disambiguation}} - Project banner for talk pages with discussion. Please do not use to create talk pages that have no discussion.

On set index articles. Note that set index articles are similar to, but are not the same thing as, disambiguation pages:

  • {{SIA}} * – The generic set index template.
  • {{Mountainindex}} – For set index articles about mountain names.
  • {{Roadindex}} – For set index articles about roads.
  • {{Shipindex}} – For lists of ships with the same or similar names.
  • {{Sportindex}} – For lists of sports related articles with similar names.

On anthroponymy list articles. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Anthroponymy for specific guidelines. These are also not disambiguation pages, although short lists may be embedded on disambiguation pages.

  • {{Given name}} – For given name pages or sections of disambiguation pages that list people by given names.
  • {{Surname}} – For pages or sections of disambiguation pages that list people by family name.

Optional Wiktionary template, for use on disambiguation pages:

Lookfrom, for use on disambiguation pages where the term is used to form compound terms, this link lists all pages that begin with the specified term:

  • {{lookfrom}} {{lookfrom|term}}
  • The lookfrom template can also be wrapped in the {{selfref}} template to mark it as a self-reference:
    • {{selfref|* {{lookfrom|term}}|}}

Hatnotes, for use on articles where reference to a disambiguation page is useful

Redirects, for use on redirects that point to a disambiguation page

Inline, for use within article text where a link needs correcting, but it is unclear where it should link

User talk, for alerting editors to the dab guidelines

Userbox, for your own userpage

Barnstar, for awarding editors active in disambiguation

Categories[edit]

Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:
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Subpages[edit]

Article alerts[edit]

Articles for deletion
Proposed deletions
Requested moves

Deletion discussions[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Disambiguations

Participants[edit]

Related WikiProjects[edit]

External watchlist[edit]

Directory Directory of WikiProjects

 

Council WikiProject Council

 

Guide Guide to WikiProjects