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This is an unofficial, proposed policy of Wiktionary on the topic of redirections. See Help:Redirect for technical information about them.

As a rule of thumb, content should never be replaced by a redirect; redirects can be replaced with real entries at any time. The actual common practice is to keep some redirects while avoiding others. There is no hard and fast rule for which redirects to avoid. Examples of entries that you could want to create as redirects but Wiktionary has as dedicated entries with language headers include entries in Category:English alternative forms, such as accrument being an alternative form of accruement.

Redirecting different word forms

For example, worked should not redirect to work, but instead contain the relevant information on the verb form, in this case: "Simple past and past participle of to work."

One reason for not simply redirecting to the lemma form ("work") is that any information about the inflected form, including pronunciations, rhymes, homophones, alternative spellings, and anagrams, will get included on the page for the inflected form.

Another reason is that similar words may exist in other languages, but whose absence may not be noticed because the link is "blue", even though it is a mere redirect. For instance, drank is not only the past tense of to drink, but also a Dutch noun.

Redirecting between lowercase and uppercase words

Wiktionary is, contrary to Wikipedia, case-sensitive regarding the first letter of a page title. This entails a special policy regarding capitalization of entries.

In the above example, Work should not redirect to work, as this is unnecessary. If one enters the uppercase word in the search box, the software automatically redirects to the lowercase article (unless the uppercase exists). The many uppercase-to-lowercase redirections one can still find in Wiktionary are relics from the past. The case-sensivity was introduced mid 2005, and a conversion script moved all uppercase pages to lowercase versions, leaving a redirection for external links (such as those from other language Wiktionaries or Wikipedia, or mirror sites). The same applies for redirects from lowercase to uppercase, such as england to England. Such redirects should not be made. In some cases such redirects will turn out to be valid entry titles, such as english and English.

In such instance, a reference on both the lower- and the uppercase page must be made to one another. At a minimum, using {{also}} on the top of the page (or similar forms) should be on both pages, but they can also refer to each other in the body text of the entry as applicable.
See note in discussion about the overlap with Wiktionary:Spelling variants in entry names

Redirecting between different hyphenation forms

Some words exist in the English language with all three forms: as one word, as a hyphenated pair, and as two separate words. Redirects are acceptable, but strongly discouraged, for these combinations if no entry already exists. Note that how the term is used can affect the hyphenation; adjectives generally are hyphenated while nouns are more often two separate words.
See note in discussion about the overlap with Wiktionary:Spelling variants in entry names

Redirecting between different forms of idioms

For longer phrases where there is little or no chance of the entry title being valid for another language, redirects are allowable. For example, burn his fingers or burning one's fingers should redirect to the pronoun-neutral and uninflected form burn one's fingers.

The redirecting between variants of idioms, say a cut above and a notch above is somewhat controversial, as both versions may require their own entry. If neither exist, feel free to enter a redirect. If a redirect exists, feel free to replace it with a full-fledged entry.

See the criteria for inclusion for more information about idiomatic phrases.

Redirecting between different spellings of words

Redirecting between obsolete spellings or regionally different spellings, not least of all from American to British or the other way round, is strongly not permitted.

Redirects should never be used for incorrect spellings, as the person looking up a word would have little or no indication that they spelled it wrong. This must be made clear on a separate page (see accomodate for example).
See note in discussion about the overlap with Wiktionary:Spelling variants in entry names

Redirects from diacritics

Redirecting from accentless (diacriticless) forms to accented ones is not permitted. Any such redirects should be replaced in the main namespace with the accented forms where appropriate, and the redirect deleted. This is because the search mechanism is adept at finding entries with diacritics in the title from diacriticless searches. For example, when searching for etre, the first result is être. Furthermore, the entry title may turn out to be a title valid for another language.

Redirects from one script to another

An entry in one script should never redirect to an entry in a different script. Again, this is because the redirect is ambiguous to the reader. Again, the entry title may turn out to be a title valid for another language. For example graphein and gráphein cannot redirect to γράφειν (graphein), and trojka cannot redirect to тройка (trojka).

Other namespaces

Different rules apply to pages in namespaces other than the main one. It is acceptable for such a page to redirect to another within reason. There are certain guidelines:

  1. Templates are well-suited to redirecting to other templates. For example Template:Baseball can redirect to Template:baseball. Such redirects can also serve as 'shortcuts', for example {{etyl:EL.}} redirects to {{etyl:Ecclesiastical Latin}}
  2. Main namespace entries must not redirect to non-main namespace pages, and vice versa. In some cases pages in a non-main namespace can harmlessly redirect to one in another non-main namespace (such as Help: and Wiktionary:).
  3. For technical reasons, categories cannot redirect to other categories without causing technical difficulties. If a category is being renamed ("moved"), use {{movecat}}, which is designed to combat these technical problems.

See also

Last modified on 27 April 2013, at 14:46