The Azimuth Project
Redirect

Page titles on the Azimuth Project should follow the Wikipedia conventions: a title should be a noun phrase with the first letter capitalized. But often you want to refer to that page in some other way. Here is where ‘redirects’ come in handy.

Example: Plural nouns and capitalization

We have a page called Dead zone. But suppose you want to write a sentence like “Dead zones are caused by eutrophication…”, and you want to insert a link. To redirect the plural

[[Dead zones]]

to the existing page

[[Dead zone]]

you can simply edit Dead zone and insert

[[!redirects Dead zones]]

at the bottom of the page. From then on, whenever you link to Dead zones, you are taken to Dead zone. This saves you the headache of typing things like

[[Dead zone|dead zones]]

For example, if you open Dead zone for editing and look at the bottom, you will find

[[!redirects Dead zones]]
[[!redirects dead zone]]
[[!redirects dead zones]]

Therefore, Dead zones, dead zone, and dead zones all redirect to Dead zone now.

Caveat

Redirects only work if the desired redirected page [[Dead zones]] does not already exist.

Don’t worry, this is a feature, not a bug, designed to avoid silly things like infinite redirect loops, etc.

In the event that [[Dead zones]] does exist already, then it probably should not if [[dead zone]] already exists.

If you run into this situation, you can help by transferring material from [[existing pages]] to [[existing page]] and change the name of [[existing pages]] to [[existing pages > history]]. Now the redirects will work and we maintain the history of any revisions that were made to [[existing pages]].

Example: Links with non-ASCII symbols

We can imagine pages with titles that would ideally include symbols, e.g. El Nino would prefer to be called ‘El Niño’.

Prior to redirects, if you wanted to link to this page, you could either write the ugly version

[[El Nino]]

or worse, if you were using the plural version you could write

[[El Nino|El Ninos]]

But now, we can do redirects like

[[!redirects El Niño]]

This means that we can now simply insert links like El Niño and be redirected to the right page.

Caveat: The ‘ñ’ symbol included in the link is not obtained using HTML. To actually include non-ASCII symbols in links, you either need to be an expert at unicode or simply find the ‘ñ’ symbol already displayed somewhere, copy it, and paste the symbol into the edit box.

Undoing a Redirect

Occasionally you may come across a situation where a redirect exists for a link that you’d like to create a separate entry for. If you’d prefer to have a separate entry, you can simply edit the existing page and delete the redirect at the bottom of the page. Now you can create that new page, and any pages that had previously been redirected to the existing page will now point to your new entry.

However, please think about whether the world really needs a separate new page.


See also the official Instiki guidelines on redirects.

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