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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.
This page contains guidance on the proper use of redirects on FamilySearch Wiki. For technical help relating to how redirects work, see Help:Redirects.
- 1 Purposes of redirects
- 2 Targeted and untargeted redirects
- 3 Double redirects
- 4 Categorizing redirect pages
- 5 When should we delete a redirect?
- 6 What needs to be done on pages that are targets of redirects?
- 7 Do not "fix" links to redirects that are not broken
- 8 Template redirects
- 9 Category redirects
- 10 Suppressing redirects
- 11 See also
Purposes of redirects
Reasons for creating and maintaining redirects include:
- Alternative names
- Less specific forms of names
- More specific forms of names
- Alternative spellings or punctuation
- Likely misspellings
- 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