Wikitravel:Disambiguation pages

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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.


To create a new disambiguation page, use the following format (code can be copied directly into the disambiguation page):

There is more than one place called '''Name of place''':


* [[Place (Region)]] - A town in [[Region]].


* [[Place (Region)]] - A town in [[Region]].
* [[Place (Region)]] - A town in [[Region]].



In the above example, the section headings (===[[Region]]===) usually contain links to the country containing the locations, such as United States of America. The article links ([[Place (Region)]]) are links to the actual disambiguated articles, such as Lafayette (California). The {{disamb}} 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:

Disambiguation.png 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 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 [[WikiPedia:Name_of_place]] 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 orphaned pages. To prevent this happening they should be added to the Links to disambiguating pages page.

Putting disambiguation in articles

See Wikitravel:Article naming conventions#Disambiguation for guidance on how to name (or rename) articles to make it clear which destination the article refers to.

If you have a page that is so much more famous than the other places of the same name that it deserves the simple article name, consider putting {{otheruses}} 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:Article naming conventions#Disambiguation for detailed guidelines on such cases.

See also