Wikipedia:Disambiguation dos and don'ts

Disambiguation pages are not encyclopedia articles – they are navigation aids!
Users arrive at these pages with a specific article in mind. So when you edit these pages:
DO:
Green check.png Limit descriptions to what's necessary.
Green check.png Put the target link at the start of each entry.[a]
Green check.png Sort entries; if sectioning, put "Other uses" last.
Green check.png Put the primary topic at the top, if one exists.
Green check.png Use {{Wiktionary}} for dictionary definitions.[b]
Green check.png Fix incoming links to point to the intended page.
Green check.png Tag pages that need work with {{dab cleanup}}.
DON'T:
Red x.svg Don't include entries without a blue link.
Red x.svg Don't include red links unless used in articles.[c]
Red x.svg Don't include multiple blue links in an entry.
Red x.svg Don't include references or external links.
Red x.svg Don't list dictionary definitions.[b]
Red x.svg Don't list every article containing the title.
Red x.svg Don't pipe links unless formatting requires it.

Also:

Do consider joining WikiProject Disambiguation.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Unless the target article is not the ambiguous item itself.
  2. ^ a b Put the wiktionary template at the top of the page to provide a link to dictionary definitions.
  3. ^ To see if a red link is used in existing articles, click the red link, then click "What links here" in the toolbox on the left. An entry with a redlink must also include a blue link that mentions the ambiguous term.

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