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Keep in mind that these policies are ultimately guidelines. If it's found that a policy restricts something that the reason the policy was created didn't intend to restrict, then the policy should be changed.

A redirect is a code that forwards a searched term or phrase to the official page. For example, searching for Charles would lead you directly to Charles Green's article. When used correctly, they can be handy and useful additions to the wiki.

Redirect Tips Edit

In order to make the most efficient use out of redirects, here are some handy tips you should follow.

  • Redirects are intended to be useful and usable. That means that other users will actually use the redirects and they will end up at the article they intended to find.
    • Before adding a redirect, consider whether anyone will ever use it. For example, is it likely that someone will want to search for Charles in order to find Charles Green, the shorter first name of Charles Green and the title of the article? If so, feel free to add it.
    • However, if you cannot feasibly imagine anyone ever searching for that term, then don't add a pointless redirect.
  • Redirects are specific. Redirects use official words and phrases, as well as common variants on frequently-used phrases. This ensures that when someone searches for that term, they find exactly the article they were looking for.
    • This means that misspellings of words that you "think" people might make isn't a good enough of a reason to make a redirect.
  • To be clear: If the redirect is not likely to be used or if it is not clear that the redirect will forward people to the article they intended to find, do not add it! It's really that simple.

Consequences Edit

Violations of this policy are punishable. The following method should be followed for carrying out these consequences;

  • First offense: Warning
  • Second offense: 3 day block
  • Third offense: 1 week block
  • Fourth offense: 1 month block
  • Fifth offense: Permanent block
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