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Wikitravel:Disambiguation pages

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Harder cases: South West (China) is no longer a valid example
Sometimes destinations have identical names, and editors may make links to a name without a [[Wikitravel:article naming conventions#Disambiguation|disambiguator]]. If this happens, it can be useful to make a '''A disambiguation page'''lists the full titles of several different articles, and allows the traveler to catch these links and correct choose between them.
The disambiguation page lists the full titles of the different articles, so you It can find them. If you reached be useful to create a disambiguation page by following a link in an articleseveral different cases:* When destinations share identical names, it means that the original article is poorly linked. You can for example [[Wikitravel:ways to help Wikitravel|helpPerth]] make '''Wikitravel''' better by going back refers to several different cities and editing the link on the page towns.* For geographical regions that directed you to the disambiguation page. However, before you do you might like to read not form part of the [[Wikitravel:Article naming conventionsGeographical hierarchy|naming conventionshierarchy]], especially those on for example [[New Guinea]].* When [[Wikitravel:Article naming conventions#DisambiguationBodies of water|disambiguationbodies of water]]and other geographical features have information about them in several other articles, but do not have a destination guide of their own.
If you expected reach a disambiguation page by following a link in an article, it means that the original article isn't linked directly to find the right article. You can [[Wikitravel:ways to help Wikitravel|help]] make '''Wikitravel''' better by going back and editing the link on the page that directed you to the disambiguation page. Before you do you might like to read the [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions|naming conventions]], especially those on [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions#Disambiguation|disambiguation]]. If an article that is not should be listed in the disambiguation pageis not, this might mean the article does not exist yet or that it 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 can find the articleby searching, 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 ensure the [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions#Disambiguation|correct format]] for the the link on the original page and add that link to the disambiguation page as well.
== Format ==
To create a new disambiguation page, use the following format (code can be copied directly into the disambigation disambiguation page):
<nowiki>* [[Place (Region)]] - A — a town in [[Region]].</nowiki>
<nowiki>* [[Place (Region)]] - A — a town in [[Region]].</nowiki> <nowiki>* [[Place (Region)]] - A — a town in [[Region]].</nowiki>
In the above example, the section headings (<nowiki>===[[Region]]===</nowiki>) usually contain links to the country containing the locations, such as [[United States of America]]. The article links (<nowiki>[[Place (Region)]]</nowiki>) are links to the actual disambiguated articles, such as [[Lafayette (California)]]. The <nowiki>{{disamb}}</nowiki> is special markup that denotes a page is a disambiguation page. The markup will leave a note saying that the page is a disambiguation page, and will appear on the page like this:
One of the links in this notice points 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.
A link to the disambiguation page at Wikipedia <nowiki>[[WikiPedia:Name_of_place]]</nowiki> can also be helpful. This is optional. This will add a link to the related Wikipedia disambiguation page in the left column. For additional details on adding link to Wikipedia, see [[:Wikitravel:Links to Wikipedia]]. Be sure and check the link to make sure it goes to the correct Wikipedia disambiguation page.
== 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.
Unlinked disambiguation pages show up as [[Special:Lonelypages|orphaned pages]]. To prevent this happening they should be added to the [[Wikitravel:Links to disambiguating pages|Links to disambiguating pages]] page. == Putting disambiguation in articles == See [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions#Disambiguation]] for guidance on how to name (or rename) articles to make it clear which destination the article refers to. When  If you have a disambiguation page that is listed so much more famous than the other places of the same name that it deserves the simple article name, consider putting <nowiki>{{otheruses}}</nowiki> in the article intro. This will insert a message like,:''For other places with the same name, see Paris (disambiguation).''See number 4 in [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions#Disambiguation]] for detailed guidelines on Links to disambiguating pages page then such cases. ==Harder cases== Disambiguate unofficial place names for '''region articles''' only for articles that essentially have the same title, e.g., disambiguate [[South West (Western Australia)]] and [[South West (Scotland)]]&mdash;but not [[Southwestern Georgia]]. Include city '''district articles''' in disambiguation lists ''only'' if the district (or well-known neighborhood within the district) has a well known placename. E.g., include [[Special:Maintenance|Maintenance Chicago/Hyde Park]] in a disambiguation pagefor [[Hyde Park]], but do not include [[Jakarta/South]] can be used to find links that point to in a disambiguation page for [[South]]. Disambiguation pages for topics that do not merit their own article (example: [[SeaWorld]]) should be an exception rather than a rule. Disambiguation pages for non-articles should only be created for attractions that are major travel destinations in their own right, that new editors commonly re-create (example: [[Atlantic Ocean]]) or that there is a consensus to the correct articlecreate. When there is doubt as to whether a destination meets any of these criteria a consensus must exist to keep a page, otherwise it should be deleted.
== See also ==
* [[Wikitravel:Bodies of water]]
* [[Wikitravel:Links to disambiguating pages|Links to disambiguating pages]]
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