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Disambiguations are used on the Archive to resolve the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title or are substantially similar in title.

The Archive thrives on the fact that making links is simple and automatic: as you're typing in an edit window, put brackets around Kedri (like this: [[Kedri]]) and you'll have a link. But were you intending to link to Kedri, the king of D'ni, or one of the many other D'ni men of the same name throughout history?

See also[edit source]

How to disambiguate?[edit source]

There are two ways to disambiguate. The first one is to create a disambiguation page listing and linking to the different meanings of a term. The second one is to add disambiguation links to other meanings at the top of articles.

In almost all cases, the "most important" article is the one that should stay at the main, natural title without any disambiguation. This is open for discussion, though. In this case, a disambiguation will be be placed at Title (disambiguation), and should be linked to from the main article.

If there are two, or more, articles of relatively equal importance, the disambiguation page should be located at the natural title. For example, "Dania" could refer to either an Age or the princess after whom it was named, but both are bit elements in the Dark Horse Myst comic. Thus, the disambiguation page is at Dania. In the case of D'ni, the term is most often used to describe the place; thus, the article about the location is at D'ni, while other uses can be found on the disambiguation page.

Disambiguation page[edit source]

A disambiguation page lists and links to all articles that naturally would have this name, or are substantially similar in title. A good example of this would be Dania. When creating a disambiguation page, you should include the {{disambiguation page}} template at the bottom of the page, which will display the following text:

Links to disambiguation pages[edit source]

While it is generally okay for disambiguation pages to be orphans—it is more appropriate for other articles to link to the specific subjects rather than to the disambiguation page —we want to avoid cluttering the list of orphaned pages with these intentional orphans. Thus, all disambiguation pages should be linked from Links to disambiguation pages.

Of course, there will be accidental links, and in some cases it will even make sense to point a reader to the disambiguation page rather than to a single specific article (generally, if you want to let the reader choose which topic they are looking for).

When linking to a disambiguation page intentionally, the link should be to a redirect to the disambiguation page from the "(disambiguation)" title; in other words, if "Term ABC" is a disambiguation page, a redirect from "Term ABC (disambiguation)" should be created if it does not already exist. The template {{dislk}} can be used for that purpose. This type of redirect is used to indicate any intentional links to the disambiguation page, to distinguish them from accidental or erroneous incoming links that should be disambiguated to the appropriate article.

Disambiguation links[edit source]

Disambiguation links are a notice at the top of a page, linking to another meaning of that term, or to a disambiguation page. Direct links are generally only done between terms if there are less than three different meanings and one of them is considered the primary definition. To create disambiguation links, you can use the following templates:


The following pages list all disambiguation pages:

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