Forum:Double redirects

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Lately I've been whittling away at the Special:DoubleRedirects. If anyone would like to join in, here's a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don't try to load a large list of double redirects at once. For some reason the server can't handle that. The default list size is 50; I prefer dealing with 20 at a time, which still takes some time to load each page.
  2. Watch out for multiple redirects, and point each one to the last one in the chain. For example, Page 1 redirects to Page 2, which redirects to Page 3, which redirects to Page 4. Page 1 will show up as a double redirect to Page 3, but actually needs to be changed to redirect to Page 4, because that's the actual article page. This also means that Page 2 is a double redirect that needs to be changed to Page 4.
  3. Sometimes a redirect needs to be a disambiguation page instead. A recent example would be the Baseball Cap page, which was double-redirecting to Pre-War outfit (Fallout: New Vegas); in this case, I turned it into a disambig page pointing to Pre-War outfit (Fallout 3), Kid's baseball cap, and Pre-War outfit (Fallout: New Vegas), in that order. To make a disambig page from a redirect, remove the redirect link and put: {{Disambig}} followed by a list of the pages that it leads to. Each item in the list should be preceded with an asterisk (*) to make an unordered list.
  4. Fixing double redirects is boring as hell. No real solution to that, but it needs to be mentioned.
  5. Make sure your redirect target page is the right one. Preview the page, and open the redirect link in a new tab or window in your browser; once you're sure it's correct, close the new tab or window and submit the change.
  6. If you want to be fancy, you can use a # followed by a section name to make the redirect jump to the relevant section. For example, Pre-War outfit (Fallout: New Vegas) vs. Pre-War outfit (Fallout: New Vegas)#Pre-War baseball cap
  7. Don't worry about how the redirect page looks; it's there for function, not looks, and in the normal course, no one should see it anyway.
  8. Remove any categories from a redirect page. We don't want the category pages cluttered with redirects.
  9. While The Vault:Anti-capitalization project is going on, there will be a steady stream of double redirects as pages get renamed to their properly capitalized names. If you run across a double redirect to a page that has not yet been moved to its properly capitalized name, it's best to move it and then update the redirects to the new name of the page.
  10. If I think of anything else, I'll add to this list.
  11. If you think of anything else, add it to this list.

We could make this into a project; call it the Single Redirect Project. --Kris User Hola.jpg 19:28, September 3, 2010 (UTC)

The best solution to double redirects is unleashing a bot on them. But since Porter is currently inactive, maybe it's time for someone else to get them selfs a bot.
If we can't get a bot, then I can help out with fixing them. --Anon talk 19:57, September 3, 2010 (UTC)
Believe it or not, all of the double redirects (as of the list generated 05:48, September 7, 2010 UTC) have been addressed. There were 179 entries in that list, and none of them now double-redirect; some have been deleted, some have been made into a disambig page, but most have been redirected to the end of the redirect chain. The page still bears watching, and there will probably be new ones daily, but at least it's a managable number now. --Kris User Hola.jpg 19:20, September 7, 2010 (UTC)
All double redirects (nearly 100) as of 09:06, September 15, 2010, have been solved. Thanks to all who helped. --Kris User Hola.jpg 16:42, September 15, 2010 (UTC)