Sometimes destinations have identical names, and editors may make links to a name without a disambiguator. If this happens, it can be useful to make a disambiguation page, to catch these links and correct them.
The disambiguation page lists the full titles of the different articles, so you can find them. If you reached a disambiguation page by following a link in an article, it means that the original article is poorly linked. You can help make Wikitravel better by going back and editing the link on the page that directed you to the disambiguation page. However, before you do you might like to read the naming conventions, especially those on disambiguation.
If you expected to find an article that is not listed in the disambiguation page, this might mean the article does not exist yet or has not been added to the disambiguation page. If this is the case, you should first search for the article to see if it is listed under a different name. If you do find the article, please add it to the disambiguation page. If you cannot find the article you are looking for and want to write or link to a new article, please change the link on the original page and add that link to the disambiguation page as well.
A disambiguation page takes the following format:
- Name (disambiguator 1), description of destination 1.
- Name (disambiguator 2), description of destination 2.
If you make a disambiguation page, or see one that someone else has made, it's good to add a little notice that says that the article actually is a disambiguation page. There's special markup in our software to mark something as such. It looks like this:
...which makes this appear on the page:
|This article is a disambiguation page. If you arrived here by following a link from another page you can help by correcting it, so that it points to the appropriate disambiguated page.|
One of the links in this notice point readers to this page to explain why they exist and what to do when encountering one. The decision about when to create a disambiguation page is left to writers of new pages.
You can add the disambiguation notice at the bottom of the page. This informs readers about it and invites them to adapt or add the necessary links.
Disambiguation Page Maintenance Features
This guideline asks that links that point to disambiguation pages be changed to point to the correct articles. When a link that leads to a disambiguation page is changed to point to a new article, it means the disambiguation page can become unlinked.
If a disambiguation page is listed on that page then the Maintenance page can be used to find links that point to disambiguation pages rather than the correct article.