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This page refers to the organizational mechanics of the original TV Tropes Wiki under PMWiki software, and is not relevant to MediaWiki All The Tropes. It is maintained here as a historical document. DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO CREATE A REDIRECT.

— The Mgmt.


Sometimes, the most awesome name is not the most intuitive one. One simple solution is to make a redirect from the intuitive name to the awesome name. If you've never created a redirect before, the process can seem very mysterious. Just follow these instructions!

STOP!: Do not create redirects (or pages) for the following:

  • Misspellings: "MagicalGrrl" to Magical Girl
  • Abbreviations: "WoT" to The Wheel of Time.
  • Accidental Wiki Words, caused by all-caps followed by either numbers or lowercase letters ("MP3", "RPGs", "NPCs"); use the [=["Not A Wiki Word=] markup"] to prevent linking these.
  • Specific examples: "KMF" to Humongous Mecha
  • Plurals: Regular plurals can be linked by surrounding the singular term with curly braces and adding the "s": {{Game Breaker}}s, for example, becomes Game Breakers. (Which should come naturally to Wikipedia Syntaxers.) Exceptions can be made for irregular pluralization ("Men" for "Man", "Companies" for "Company") or plurals within the name (Bosses in Mook Clothing for Boss in Mook Clothing).
  • Definite articles: "TheTsundere" to Tsundere (OK for show titles, though)
  • Character names that aren't used as official titles (e.g. JohnMcClane to Die Hard).
  • Memes to works that inspired them (e.g. Leekspin to Bleach).

Other no-nos:

  • Do not redirect to the Cut List if you want to delete a page. We have a tool for that.
  • Similarly, do not redirect to URLs outside the wiki.

Once you are sure your redirect works:

  1. If you're just practicing, do this in the Wiki Sandbox.
  2. Add the redirect name to a page; again, the Wiki Sandbox is good for this.
  3. Click on the red link to create, open and edit the new redirect page. Alternatively, type the name of the new redirect into the URL bar after /Main/.
  4. Copy and paste [[redirect:NewTrope]] from the cheat-sheet on the edit page (under "show markup help"), replacing NewTrope with the name of the page you'd like to redirect to (the target page) and removing the space. Don't put a space after the colon! [[redirect:NewTrope]] will work, but redirect: NewTrope (note the space) won't.
    • if the target page is in a namespace, prepend the namespace like this: [[redirect:Anime/AnimeShow]], even if the source page is in the same namespace.
    • sometimes the redirect will not work because the target page is not recognized as a Wiki Word, in that case add curly braces as for an internal link, e.g. [[redirect:Anime/{{Title}}]]
  1. Save your redirect page. You should be presented with the target page with words like "aka Main.RedirectTest" just under the title.
  2. Celebrate!

Compare Needs a Redirect.

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