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Disambiguation in PESWiki is the process of resolving ambiguity — the conflict occurs when a term can be associated with more than one topic.

Description

In many cases, this word or phrase is the same natural title of more than one article. In other words, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share essentially the same term. A disambiguation page is here to resolve conflicts of articles carrying essentially the same title. It is not just for a reference of links or anything similar to that. In PESWiki, creating an internal link is easy: Simply put There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] brackets around the word to create the link of that name/title. To learn more on links and Piped link, see the article There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3] and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4].

However, when there is more than one article carrying essentially the same title, a link to that title will result in conflicts or confusion. One editor may refer to meaning A of the same title, another may refer to meaning B of the same title. A disambiguation page is required when there is more than one meaning for the same word or phrase. It lists every possible meaning (from meaning A, B, C... to the last) and their corresponding links. This lets the reader choose the right meaning or link based on the context of the article they are reading.

Types

Disambiguation pages: This is a page which list all possible links with the same "natural" title. It has no real content and is to redirect readers to their desired PESWiki pages.

Main articles with disambiguation links: If the word or phrase commonly refer to one major meaning, a simple link of a title with multi-meaning will redirect readers to the main article first. However there is a disambiguation statement is at the top of the page with a link to its disambiguation page. For some readers looking for other meanings, they can click on the link to go to its disambiguation page.

Confusing articles

Only articles or links which will arise from ambiguity or confusion (eg articles carrying conflicting title) are considered to be put in a disambiguation page. Ask yourself: When a reader enters this term and pushes "Go", what article would they realistically be expecting to view as a result? When there is no or low risk of confusion, do not disambiguate nor add a link to a disambiguation page.

What not to include

Dictionary definitions or word family: Dictionary definitions don't belong here.

Duplicate topics:Disambiguation should not be confused with the merging of duplicate articles (articles with different titles, but regarding the very same topic, for example "Gas Turbine" and "Gas turbine", or "restroom" and "washroom"). These are handled with PESWiki:Redirects.

Lists:Lists of articles of which the disambiguated term forms only a part of the article title don't belong here. Disambiguation pages are not search indices. Do not add links that merely contain part of the page title (where there is no significant risk of confusion). Lists consisting entirely of on thing replace disambiguation pages. Where the thing is listed among other entries by a distinguishing characteristic or other abbreviation, the entry should conform to the style for that type.

Related links: A disambiguation page is not a collection of links of related articles or terms or anything similar. It is not a page to gather related meaning or concepts into one location.

Summary or multi-stub pages: Several small topics of just a paragraph or so each can co-exist on a single page, separated by headings. Although this is similar to a disambiguation page, the disambiguation notice should not be put here, as the page doesn't link to other articles closely associated with a specific term. As each section grows, there may come a time when a subject should have a page of its own. (See There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5] and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6].) Although many pages rely on this principle, it has become more common for each subject to have a separate page for its own stub.

Guides on

: Main article: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7]

Each of these pages in PESWiki comprise a list (or multiple lists, for multiple senses of the term in question) of similarly-titled links.

Start each list with a short introductory sentence fragment, usually ending with a colon.

Use a bold page title in each list sentence fragment.

Start each entry in the list with a link to the target page.

For sake of focus, don't link any other words in the entry.

Only include related subject articles as long as the term in question is actually described on the target article. (For example, the Canton disambiguation page legitimately has an entry for Flag terminology.)

Include the template There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] at the bottom as an indicator of the page's status. Following the template, include any of the standard categories as appropriate.

Links to disambiguated topics

It is good form after creating a disambiguation pages to fix all resulting mis-directed links. When creating a disambiguation page, click on "What links here" to find all of the pages that link to the page that is about to change. When repairing a link, use pipe syntax so that the link does not contain the new qualifier. A shorter alternative is to use empty pipe syntax, also known as the pipe trick. This allows editors to leave out the piped alternative when editing. Of course, the whole point of making a disambiguation page is that accidental links made to it will make sense.

Links to disambiguation pages

If there is a need for links directly to disambiguation pages, it is usually from the primary topic. In most cases, links should point to the article that deals with the specific meaning intended. To link to a disambiguation page (instead of a specific meaning), link to the redirect to the disambiguation page that includes the text "(disambiguation)" in the title. This helps distinguish accidental links to the disambiguation page from intentional ones. When you create a disambiguation page, add a link to pages as appropriate.

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