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A redirect is a page which has no content itself, but sends the reader to another article or page, usually from an alternative title. For example, if you type "UK" in the search box, or follow the wikilink UK, you will be taken to the article United Kingdom, with a note at the top of the page: "(Redirected from UK)". This is because the page UK has the wikitext #REDIRECT [[United Kingdom]], which defines it as a redirect page and indicates the target article. It is also possible to redirect to a specific section of the target page, using the [[Page_name#Section_title]] syntax.

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This page contains guidance on the proper use of redirects on FamilySearch Wiki. For technical help relating to how redirects work, see Help:Redirects.

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Purposes of redirects

Reasons for creating and maintaining redirects include:

  • Alternative names
    • Less specific forms of names
    • More specific forms of names
  • Abbreviations
  • Shortcuts
  • Alternative spellings or punctuation
  • Likely misspellings
  • Plurals
  • Related words
  • Likely alternative capitalizations
  • Sub-topics or other topics which are described or listed within a wider article
  • Representations using ASCII characters. Titles containing dashes should have redirects using hyphens

Targeted and untargeted redirects

Most redirects are untargeted, i.e. they lead simply to a page, not to any specific section of the page. This is usually done when there is more than one possible name under which an article might be sought (for example, Somersetshire redirects to the article Somerset). For deciding which should be the actual title of the article, see Page or article naming.

It is also possible to create a targeted redirect, i.e. a redirect to a particular point on the target page – either a section header or an anchor.

Consider that when the target page is displayed, it is likely that the top of the page will not be shown, so the user may not see the helpful "(redirected from... )" text unless they know to scroll back to the top. This is less likely to cause confusion if the redirect is to a heading with the same name as the redirect.

The text given in the link on a targeted redirect page must exactly match the target section heading or anchor text, including capitalization. (In the absence of a match, the reader will simply be taken to the top of the target page.) It is often helpful to leave a hidden comment in the target text, to inform other editors that a section title is linked, so that if the title is altered, the redirect can be changed.

To ensure that a redirect will not break if a section title gets altered, or to create a redirect to a point on the page other than a section heading, create an explicit target anchor in the page, e.g. by using the {{anchor}} template. The anchor text will not be visible (unless the {{visible anchor}} template is used), but it will serve as a permanent marker of that place on the page. Editors should generally not remove or alter such anchors without checking all incoming links and redirects.

Double redirects

The software will not follow chains of more than one redirect (see Double redirects). A redirect should not be left pointing to another redirect page.

Double redirects often arise after a page is moved (renamed) – after moving a page, check whether there are any redirects to the old title (using the link on the move result page, or using "What links here"), and change them to redirect straight to the new title. (Double redirects are anyway normally fixed by a bot after some time.)

Categorizing redirect pages

Most redirect pages are not placed in any categories. However there is an exception to this:

  • Sometimes a redirect is placed in an article category because the form of the redirected title is more appropriate to the context of that category. (Redirects appear in italics in category listings.)

When should we delete a redirect?

To delete a redirect without replacing it with a new article, tag the article with the {{delete}} template as explain in the deletion process.

Marking in this way is not necessary if you just want to replace a redirect with an article, or change where it points: see these instructions for help doing this. If you want to swap a redirect and an article, but are not able to move the article to the location of the redirect please use FamilySearch Wiki:Requested moves to request help from an admin in doing that.

Reasons for deleting

Reasons for not deleting

Neutrality of redirects

What needs to be done on pages that are targets of redirects?

Do not "fix" links to redirects that are not broken

Self-redirects

Template redirects

Category redirects

Suppressing redirects

See also