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I have set up this page to assist readers with navigating their way through the content of WP. To this end I do not agree with having {{dabnav}} since it is an aid for editors. I created {{Reader help}} for reader navigation and it contains links of interest to readers rather than editors. -- Alan Liefting (talk) - 05:35, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Someone clicking on the link in the {{disambig}} box and coming here is not interested in copyright, images, categories and so on. They're interested in disambiguation. That's the only word linked in disambig box. This is why I originally put {{dabnav}} on here and restored it when you removed it. Please stop creating a distinction between readers and editors, we all started as readers and if you make transitioning into editors less inviting you're going to contribute to the ongoing decline in editor numbers. Your efforts at walling off Wikipedia from further contribution is misguided.
You've tagged this talk page with {{WikiProject Disambiguation}} but provided no hint of the existence of WikiProject Disambiguation on the help page. {{dabnav}} gives further information about disambiguation, including projects, guidelines and how-tos. Josh Parris 06:56, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
We can only assume what readers are interested once they come here. Obviously they want to know about dab pages but we know nothing else apart from that. Some who come here may be editors or potential editors in which case there is a hatnote link leading to Wikipedia:Disambiguation - which has the template in question. There is a definite distinction between readers and editors. There are significantly more readers than editors. There are 100rds of 1,000nds of 1,000,000s of readers and only 150,000 odd active editors. There is a difference. Also, editors edit and readers read. Some readers become editors and some don't. We dont have to attract editors - we have to attract good editors. At present there are 11,000,000 odd registered editors. A lot of them are vandal accounts. But all of this is academic. The barriers to anyone editing WP is extremely low and whether we have this or that template on this page makes next to no difference. Selecting the template that I created for this series of pages is not "walling off Wikipedia". To call me "misguided" is an opinion and naturally I do not agree. Editing capabilities are always one click away for readers and I cannot and do not want to change that.
With respect to your last comment on tagging this talk page with Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation, the argument is the sme as with all ther pages. We use different namespaces for different functions. We also try and keep a strong seperation between content and project (admin/maint) pages. I tagged this page with Wikipedia:WikiProject Disambiguation since it is of interest to that project.
Since there is no policy or guideline on this (as far as I know) we have to rely on consensus. Therefore we need to get some other editors in on this. -- Alan Liefting (talk) - 08:15, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
I've tried a neutral canvassing and there's no interest either way. It seems that neither of us is convinced by the other's arguments. Perhaps we should start some kind of hostilities to garner attention?
We have had another editor come in and link disambiguation, but I think where it ended up is not where they intended it to. Ironic, that is. Josh Parris 09:13, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
I think the current {{reader help}} box on the page is nice, so I slightly prefer that one over the more confusing and editor oriented {{dabnav}}.
--David Göthberg (talk) 10:30, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Link to Wikipedia:Disambiguation[edit]

I would like that we move the Wikipedia:Disambiguation link to the top of the "See also" section, since that link is more useful for the users after they have read this page, not before they have read this page. At least I tend to skip over links at the top of the page and first read the page, and when I reach the end of the page I usually have forgotten there was a link at the top of the page. So I find it more logical to have links for "further reading" in the "See also" section.

Hatnotes (see also links at the top of the page) should mostly be used when we expect that some of the users coming to a page might really want another page. But this page is a good read before going to Wikipedia:Disambiguation.

--David Göthberg (talk) 10:30, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

dabnav template again[edit]

I don't agree with having the {{dabnav}} template on this page. dabnav is for editors but this page is for readers. The hatnote takes readers and editors to the more comprehensive Wikipedia:Disambiguation page so dabnav is pretty much redundant. Because of the breadth of WP info we cannot let all pages become all encompassing for all visitors. -- Alan Liefting (talk) - 02:59, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

I agree with you and David Gothberg. I'm going to remove it now, and unlink Wikipedia as similarly unnecessary. -- Quiddity (talk) 19:38, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

out of date?[edit]

the third bullet point in the scenarios, Michael Dobbs, seems to no longer be accurate, if i understand what it's supposed to be describing Adavies42 (talk) 20:54, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. Updated to use Anita Hill as the example. -- JHunterJ (talk) 21:00, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 19 January 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}} (talk) 04:17, 19 January 2011 (UTC) please help me to edit this problem

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. Which problem? You didn't state which disambiguation issue you are having difficulty with.

Disambiguation page[edit]

I will be thankful, if I get explanations about the following. I created a Disambiguation page on a toponym the form of that being used in numerous academic sources. Shall I add the links to these sources there to prove that this form is used since at least 12th century and in modern academic works? Other user enters changes at this page, deleting the correct info suported by these sources. Thank you in advance, -- Zara-arush (talk) 00:09, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

Either you are trying to create a name article (see WP:WikiProject Anthroponymy) and can put external links and references there (if otherwise appropriate for articles), or you are creating a disambiguation page and cannot put external links or references on it. -- JHunterJ (talk) 00:23, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
No you should not separate Cyprus article with Republic of Cyprus, as the Republic of Cyprus has a legitimacy recognised by the WHOLE international community over the whole island. Obviously thousand upon thousand of Turkish Cypriot exclusively recognise the Republic of Cyprus as their only motherland, not recognising the puppet state Turkey created on the north after the Turkish invasion. Of course some users of Wikipedia think suspiciously otherwise, but that is how things are. The Republic of Cyprus and Cyprus is exactly the same thing.UAEcy (talk) 14:49, 29 December 2012 (UTC)


Hello, I would like for someone to please move the actual article "School of Tropical Medicine" to the "Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine" (The proper title) since there are various shools of Tropical Medicine, therefore making the current title a misleading one. Then I would like someone to convert the "School of Tropical School" into a disambiguation page which would include: School of Tropical Medicine (Puerto Rico), London School of Tropical Medicine, the Harvard School of Tropical Medicine and the Calcutta School School of Tropical Medicine. I tried doing it myself, but some one undid it and I would like to avoid a misunderstanding in the event that I am wrong in my suggestion. Thank you, Tony the Marine (talk) 16:56, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

also at Wikipedia talk:Disambiguation#Request, with reply; please continue there

the in crowd[edit]

what douse it mean i only found out its a song? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:07, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Try a web search for <"the in crowd" idiom>, Wikipedia won't have an article on what you're looking for. Josh Parris 09:23, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 March 2014[edit] (talk) 20:59, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. -- John of Reading (talk) 22:10, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Disambiguation in different languages not the same. A WikiData task?[edit]

Often there are different Disambiguation pages in different languages for the same term. Several Disambiguations refer to Places, People, international terms, names etc., though. These would be valid in any language. Would it make sense to create a special WikiData template for this task? Can this be solved/supported by WikiData? Where should this request/proposal/discussion be posted in Wikipedia to find the right space for discussion and the right readership? (Superwallah (talk) 18:47, 12 March 2014 (UTC))

Disambiguation link notification for January 21[edit]

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It was intentional. I looked for a lemma that deals with a well inside a village, town, or city which is not intended for water supply but merely set up for beauty, as a reminder, accompanying a statue, or similar. I could not find one. Can you probably help? --Purodha Blissenbach (talk) 09:52, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 August 2015 01[edit] (talk) 11:37, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done as you have not requested a change, but I suspect you are in the wrong place, as this page is only to discuss improvements to Help:Disambiguation.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Given the nature of this page, you will also need to reach consensus before any significant changes are implemented. - Arjayay (talk) 14:37, 3 August 2015 (UTC)