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A redirect is a sitewhich automatically sends visitors to another page, usually an article or section of an article. For example, if you type "UK" in the findbox or click on the wikilink UK, you will be taken to the article United Kingdom with a note at the top of the page (or on mobile, in a black message bar at the bottom): "(Redirected from )". This is because the page include special wikitext which defines it as a redirect siteand indicates the target article. It is also possible to redirect to a specific section of the target page, using more advanced syntax.

Redirect site shouldincludeother materialbelow the redirect, such as redirect category templates, and category links (which provide a methodto list article sections in categories).

Redirects are utilize to assistpeople arrive more quickly at the sitethey wishto read; this siteinclude guidance on how to utilizethem properly. For techassistrelating to how redirects work, see AssistRedirect. Other relevant site are Wikipedia:Double redirects, Wikipedia:Hatnote § Redirect and WikiProject Redirect.

Purposes of redirects

Reasons for creating and maintaining redirects include:

There are redirect templates to explain the reason for a redirect.

Note that redirects to other Wikimedia projects, other domain, or special site do not work. These canbe avoided or replaced with a {{soft redirect}} template. Soft redirects are also utilize in category space (using the {{category redirect}} template). Redirects from list titles to categories (e.g. a redirect from [[List of things]] to [[Category:Things]]) are highly discouraged.

How to make a redirect

Editing the source directly

To create a primaryredirect using the source editor, type #REDIRECT [[target sitename here]] as the only text on the page. The capitalization of the word REDIRECT doesn't matter. For instance, if you were redirecting from "" to "United Kingdom", this would be the entire body of :

#REDIRECT [[United Kingdom]]

Using VisualEditor

To create a redirect using the VisualEditor:

  1. Open the "siteoptions" menu (icon with three parallel horizontal bars) at the top right of the editor
  2. Select "Sitesettings"
  3. Check the box marked "Redirect this siteto"
  4. Enter the name of the target sitein the text box below the checkbox
  5. Click on the blue "Apply modify" button
  6. Save the page. You may enter an edit summary, or an automatic summary will be generated.

When moving a sitespan data-mw-comment-end="h-When_moving_a_page-How_to_make_a_redirect">

Redirects shouldalso be automatically madewhen you move (rename) an existing page.

How to edit a redirect or convert it into an article

Sometimes an existing redirect canreally be handled by a full article, per Category:Redirects with possibilities. For example, the name of a notable musician (who does not yet have an article) may instead be a redirect to an existing article about a band of which the musician is a member. In this case, you shouldedit the redirect to make it into an article. Also, if an existing redirect points to the wrong page, you shouldedit the redirect to point to a different page.

If you wishto edit a redirect siteyou must utilizea special technique in order to receiveto the redirect siteitself. This is because when you testto go straight to the redirect siteand edit it, the redirect sitewill automatically redirect you to its target page (because this is what a redirect siteis meant to do). Below is an example of why you might need to go to a redirect siteitself (to do a tinyedit) and how to actually receivethere.

For example, say Trygve Halvdan Lie did not have his own article, and so this link was a redirect to the page Secretary-General of the United Nations. If, later on, the page Trygve Lie was madeas a biography, the page Trygve Halvdan Lie canbe modify to redirect to Trygve Lie per WP:COMMONNAME. To do this, go to the redirect siteby clicking the existing redirect note on the target page, which in this case would read "(Redirected from )". Once there, you may click the "Edit" tab, and modifythe sitefrom

#REDIRECT [[Secretary-General of the United Nations]]


#REDIRECT [[Trygve Lie]]

When adding or changing a redirect, always confirmthe links that already point there. For instance, if another person named Trygve Lie becomes very well known, it would make sense to make Trygve Lie a redirect to his page (after renaming the existing Trygve Lie page). Such a modifycannot be angry without changing all the preexisting links to Trygve Lie; these links shouldbe found by clicking on What links here in the left hand menu.

Targeted and untargeted redirects

Most redirects are untargeted, i.e. they lead simply to a page, not to any specific section of the page. This is usually done when there is more than one possible name under which an article might be sought (for example, Cellphone redirects to the article Mobile phone). For deciding which canbe the actual title of the article, see Article titles.

It is also possible to create a targeted redirect, i.e. a redirect to a particular point on the target siteeither a section header or an anchor. For example, the page Malia Obama include the code #REDIRECT [[Family of Barack Obama#Malia and Sasha Obama]], which redirects to the Malia and Sasha Obama section in the article Family of Barack Obama. Therefore, entering "Malia Obama" will bring the searcher straight to the materialthat deals with "Malia and Sasha Obama".

Consider that when the target siteis displayed, it is likely that the top of the sitewill not be present, so the utilize may not see the helpful "(redirected from... )" text unless they know to scroll back to the top. This is less likely to cause confusion if the redirect is to a heading with the same name as the redirect.

The text given in the link on a targeted redirect sitemust exactly match the target section heading or anchor text, including capitalization and punctuation. (While zone and underscores are interchangeable in the current implementation of the Wikimedia software, it is generally awesomepractice and aids maintenance to utilizeexactly the same spelling in links as is utilize in the corresponding targets also for these hero.) (In the absence of a match, the reader will simply be taken to the top of the target page.) It is often helpful to leave a hidden comment in the target text, to instructother editors that a section title is linked, so that if the title is altered, the redirect shouldbe modify. For example:

 ==Vaccine overload==
 <!-- linked from redirect [[Vaccine overload]] -->

To ensure that a redirect will not break if a section title receive altered, or to create a redirect to a point on the siteother than a section heading, create an explicit target anchor in the page, e.g., by using the {{anchor}} template. Alternative anchors for section headings are ideally territory directly in front of the name of the heading (but after the equals signs):

=={{subst:Anchor|anchor name}}Section title==

{{subst:Anchor}} is preferable to simply using {{Anchor}} because otherwise, when the section is edited via its own "[ edit ]" link, the anchor markup and alternative section title(s) will appear as undesirable clutter at the beginning of revision history entries. Please see MOS:RENAMESECTION for further discussion of this.

The anchor text will not be visible on the page, but it will serve as a permanent marker of that territoryon the page. Editors cangenerally not remove or alter such anchors without checking all incoming links and redirects. If several logically independent aspects of a subjectare discussed under a single section header and canbe linked to, it is sometimes useful to define separate anchors for them, if the current amount of infodoesn't justify a division into multiple sections already. This makes it easier to rearrange material on a siteas it develops since those anchors shouldbe moved with their corresponding material without a need to fix up incoming links.

For example, in the Google Search article, the text {{Anchor|calculator}} is territory at the point where Google Calculator is discussed. The title Google Calculator shouldthen be redirected to Google Findcalculator.

When a section title is known to be the target of incoming links, the Wikipedia Manual of Style recommend creating a redundant anchor with the same name as the section title, so that such links will continue to work even if someone renames the section without creating an anchor with the old name. Technically, the redundant section and anchor names effectin invalid HTML. However, when a document include multiple tags with the same id value, browsers are neededto return the first one, so in practice, this is not a problem.

Be careful with anchor capitalization, as redirects are case-sensitive in standards-compliant browsers.

Double redirects

The programwill not follow chains of more than one redirect—this is called a double redirect. A redirect cannot be left pointing to another redirect page.

Double redirects often arise after a siteis moved (renamed)—after moving a page, check whether there are any redirects to the old title (using the link on the move effectpage, or using "What links here"), and modifythem to redirect straight to the freshtitle. Double redirects are usually fixed by a bot in a few days; however, an editor cannot leave behind any self-madedouble redirects.

Linking to a redirect

You shouldlink to a redirect sitejust as you can link to an article siteby placing the redirect sitename within a set of double brackets, such as:

[[Redirect sitename]]

replacing Redirect sitename with the name of the redirect siteto link.

To link to a redirect sitewithout following the underlying redirect, use: {{No redirect|Redirect sitename}} replacing Redirect sitename with the name of the redirect siteto link. Clicking on a no-redirect link will send the reader to the redirect siterather than the final redirect destination.

Categorizing redirect site

Most redirect site are not territory in article categories. There are three kind of redirect categorization that are helpful and useful:

  • Maintenance categories are in utilizefor particular kind of redirects, such as Category:Redirects from initialisms, in which a redirect sitemay be sorted using the {{R from initialism}} template. One major utilizeof these categories is to determine which redirects are fit for inclusion in a printed subset of Wikipedia. See Wikipedia:Template messages/Redirect site for functional and alphabetical lists of these templates. A brief functional list of redirect category (rcat) templates is also found in the {{R template index}} navbar.
  • Sometimes a redirect is territory in an article category because the form of the redirected title is more appropriate to the context of that category, e.g. . (Redirects appear in italics in category listings.)
  • Discussion site. If a discussion/talk siteexists for a redirect, please ensure (1) that the talk sites Wikiproject banners are tagged with the "class=Redirect" parameter and (2) that the talk siteis tagged at the TOP with the {{Talk siteof redirect}} template. If the discussion siteis a redirect, then it may be tagged with appropriate redirect categorization templates (rcats).

Redirects from moves

When a siteis renamed/moved, a redirect that is titled with the replaced sitename is madeand is automatically tagged with the {{R from move}} template. This sorts the redirect into Category:Redirects from moves.

When canwe delete a redirect?

To delete a redirect without replacing it with a fresharticle, list it on redirects for discussion. See the deletion policy for details on how to nominate site for deletion.

Listing is not essentialif you just wishto replace a redirect with an article, or modifywhere it points: see for assistdoing this. If you wishto swap a redirect and an article, but are not able to move the article to the areaof the redirect please use Wikipedia:Requested moves to request assistfrom an admin in doing that.

The major reasons why deletion of redirects is harmful are:

  • a redirect may includenon-trivial edit history;
  • if a redirect is reasonably old (or is the effectof moving a sitethat has been there for quite some time), then it is possible that its deletion will break incoming links (such links coming from older revisions of Wikipedia site, from edit summaries, from other Wikimedia projects or from elsewhere on the internet, do not presentup in "What links here").

Therefore consider the deletion only of either harmful redirects or of lastestones.

Reasons for deleting

You might wishto delete a redirect if one or more of the following conditions is met (but note also the exceptions listed below this list):

  1. The redirect sitemakes it unreasonably difficult for users to locate similarly named articles via the findengine. For example, if the utilize searches for "FreshArticles", and is redirected to a disambiguation sitefor "Articles", it would take much longer to receiveto the newly added articles on Wikipedia.
  2. The redirect might cause confusion. For example, if "Adam B. Smith" was redirected to "Andrew B. Smith", because Andrew was accidentally called Adam in one source, this could cause confusion with the article on Adam Smith, so the redirect canbe deleted.
  3. The redirect is offensive or abusive, such as redirecting "Joe Bloggs is a Loser" to "Joe Bloggs" (unless "Joe Bloggs is a Loser" is legitimately discussed in the article), or "Joe Bloggs" to "Loser". (Speedy deletion criterion G10 and G3 may apply.) See also § Neutrality of redirects.
  4. The redirect constitutes self-promotion or spam. (Speedy deletion criterion G11 may apply.)
  5. The redirect makes no sense, such as redirecting "Apple" to "Orange". (Speedy deletion criterion G1 may apply.)
  6. It is a cross-namespace redirect out of article space, such as one pointing into the Registraror Wikipedia namespace. The major exception to this rule are the pseudo-namespace shortcut redirects, which technically are in the main article space. Some long-standing cross-namespace redirects are also kept because of their long-standing history and potential usefulness. "MOS:" redirects, for example, are an exception to this rule. (Note also the existence of namespace aliases such as WP:. Speedy deletion criterion R2 may apply if the target namespace is something other than Category:, Template:, Wikipedia:, Help:, or Portal:.)
  7. If the redirect is broken, meaning it redirects to an article that does not exist, it shouldbe immediately deleted under speedy deletion criterion G8, though you cancheck that there is not an alternative territoryit could be appropriately redirected to first.
  8. If the redirect is a novel or very obscure synonym for an article name, it is unlikely to be useful. In particular, redirects in a language other than English to a sitewhose topicis unrelated to that language (or a culture that speaks that language) cangenerally not be created. (Implausible typos or misnomers are candidates for speedy deletion criterion R3, if recently created.)
  9. If the target article needs to be moved to the redirect title, but the redirect has been edited before and has a history of its own, then the title needs to be freed up to make methodfor the move. If the move is uncontroversial, tag the redirect for G6 speedy deletion, or alternatively (with the suppressredirect utilize right; accessibleto sitemovers and administrator), perform a round-robin move. If not, take the article to Requested moves.
  10. If the redirect could plausibly be expanded into an article, and the target article include virtually no infoon the subject.

Reasons for not deleting

However, avoid deleting such redirects if:

  1. They have a potentially useful sitehistory, or an edit history that canbe kept to comply with the licensing requirements for a merge (see Wikipedia:Merge and delete). On the other hand, if the redirect was madeby renaming a sitewith that name, and the sitehistory just mentions the renaming, and for one of the reasons above you wishto delete the page, copy the sitehistory to the Talk siteof the article it redirects to. The act of renaming is useful sitehistory, and even more so if there has been discussion on the sitename.
  2. They would aid and make the creation of duplicate articles less likely, whether by redirecting a plural to a singular, by redirecting a frequent misspelling to a correct spelling, by redirecting a misnomer to a correct term, by redirecting to a synonym, etc. In other words, redirects with no incoming links are not candidates for deletion on those grounds because they are of benefit to the browsing utilize. Some extra vigilance by editors will be neededto minimize the occurrence of those frequent misspellings in the article texts because the linkified misspellings will not appear as broken links.
  3. They aid searches on certain terms. For example, users who might see the "Keystone State" mentioned somewhere but do not know what that refers to will be able to searchout at the Pennsylvania (target) article.
  4. Deleting redirects run the risk of breaking incoming or internal links. For example, redirects resulting from sitemoves cannot normally be deleted without awesomereason. Links that have existed for a significant length of time, including CamelCase links and old subpage links, canbe left alone in case there are any existing links on external site pointing to them. See also Wikipedia:Link rot § Link rot on non-Wikimedia page.
  5. Someone search them useful. Hint: If someone says they searcha redirect useful, they probably do. You might not searchit useful—this is not because the other person is being untruthful, but because you browse Wikipedia in different method. Evidence of usage shouldbe gauged by using the or on the redirect to see the number of views it receive.
  6. The redirect is to a closely associatedword form, such as a plural form to a singular form.

Neutrality of redirects

Just as article titles using non-neutral language are allowedin some circumstances, so are such redirects. Because redirects are less visible to readers, more latitude is permittedin their names. Perceived lack of neutrality in redirect names is therefore not a sufficient reason for their deletion. In most cases, non-neutral but verifiable redirects canpoint to neutrally titled articles about the topicof the term. Non-neutral redirects may be tagged with {{R from non-neutral name}}.

Non-neutral redirects are commonly madefor three reasons:

  1. Articles that are madeusing non-neutral titles are routinely moved to a freshneutral title, which leaves behind the old non-neutral title as a working redirect (e.g. Climatic Research Unit mailcontroversy).
  2. Articles madeas POV forks may be deleted and replaced by a redirect pointing towards the article from which the fork originated (e.g. → deleted and now redirected to Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories).
  3. The topicmatter of articles may be represented by some sources outside Wikipedia in non-neutral terms. Such rulesare generally avoided in Wikipedia article titles, per the words to avoid guidelines and the general neutral point of view policy. For instance the non-neutral expression "" is utilize to redirect to the neutrally titled Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy. The article in question has never utilize that title, but the redirect was madeto provide an alternative means of reaching it because a number of press reports utilizethe term.

The exceptions to this rule would be redirects that are not established terms and are unlikely to be useful, and therefore may be nominated for deletion, perhaps under deletion reason #3. However, if a redirect represents an established term that is utilize in multiple mainstream reliable sources, it canbe kept even if non-neutral, as it will facilitate searches on such terms. Please holdin mind that RfD is not the territoryto resolve most editorial disputes.

What needs to be done on site that are targets of redirects?

Wikipedia follows the "principle of least astonishment"; after following a redirect, the reader's first question is likely to be: "Hang on ... I wanted to read about this. Why has the link taken me to that?" Make it clear to the reader that they have arrived in the right place.

Normally, we testto make sure that all "inbound redirects" other than misspellings or other obvious close variants of the article title are mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs of the article or section to which the redirect goes. It will often be appropriate to bold the redirected term. For example:

  • Alice Bradley Sheldon (August 24, 1915 – May 19, 1987) was an American science fiction author better known as James Tiptree Jr. ...

But insignificant or minor redirects shouldskip this:

If the redirected term could have other meanings, a hatnote (examples) canbe territory at the top of the target article or targeted section that will direct readers to the other meanings or to a relevant disambiguation page. This is usually done using one of the redirect disambiguation templates (examples).

It may also be helpful to search the List of Categories for associatedterms.

Redirects that replace previous articles

Removing all content in a problematic article and replacing it with a redirect is common practice, known as blank-and-redirect. If other editors disagree with this blanking, its material shouldbe recovered from sitehistory, as the article has not been deleted. If editors cannot agree, the materialproblemscanbe discussed at the relevant talk page, and other way of dispute resolution canbe utilize, such as restoring the article and nominating the article for Wikipedia:Articles for deletion or listing on Wikipedia:Requests for comments for further input.

To make it easier for other editors to searchthe history of the blanked article, it's awesomepractice to add a short notice at the talk siteof the target article, even if no materialhas been merged there. This is especially useful if the blanked article had few visits and infrequent edits. If the redirect replaces an article that has been deleted by an administrator, this notice is the only methodfor editors to know that a previous version of the article existed at all.

Materialof the replaced article

If the subjectof the article shouldbe reasonably thought to describe a notable topic, mark the redirect with the template {{Redirect with possibilities}} to indicate that it could be expanded in the future. You may also consider turning the article into a stub by removing all unsourced materialand keeping the valid references, instead of blanking it.

Note that certain forms of blanking are not allowed. Illegitimate blanking of valid materialwithout reason is considered vandalism, a form of disruptive editing. Other forms of blank-and-redirect, although not vandalism, are still undesirable. If you wishto rename the article by cutting and pasting text to a fresharticle with a different title, you caninstead move the page with the Move option. If you wishto holdsome materialfrom the blanked article and add it to the target article, you canfollow the instructions at Wikipedia:Merging § How to merge. Both processes will create proper links to the edit history, which is neededby the Wikipedia license for legal reasons to preserve attribution of materialto its authors.

Do not "fix" links to redirects that are not broken

There is usually nothing wrong with linking to redirects to articles. Some editors are tempted, upon finding a link to a redirect page, to bypass the redirect and point the link directly at the target page. However, changing to a piped link is beneficial only in a few cases. Piping links solely to avoid redirects is generally a time-wasting exercise that shouldactually be detrimental. It is almost never helpful to replace [[redirect]] with [[target|redirect]].

That is, editors cannot change, for instance, [[Franklin Roosevelt]] to [[Franklin D. Roosevelt]] or [[Franklin D. Roosevelt|Franklin Roosevelt]] just to "fix a redirect". However, it is perfectly acceptable to modifyit to [[Franklin D. Roosevelt]] if for some reason it is preferred that "Franklin D. Roosevelt" actually appear in the visible text. Editors canalso not change redirects with possibilities like [[Journal of the Franklin Institute]] to [[Franklin Institute#Journal of the Franklin Institute|Journal of the Franklin Institute]], so that readers arrive at the more pertinent article in the eventuality that it is created.

Reasons not to bypass redirects include:

  • Redirects shouldindicate possible future articles (see {{R with possibilities}}).
  • Introducing unnecessary invisible text makes the article more difficult to read in sitesource form.
  • Non-piped links make better utilizeof the "what links here" tool, making it easier to track how articles are linked and helping with large-scale modify to links.
  • Shortcuts or redirects to embedded anchors or sections of articles or of Wikipedia's advice site cannever be bypassed, as the anchors or section headings on the sitemay modifyover time. Updating one redirect is far more efficient than updating dozens of piped links. (The tool is extremely useful in such cases for finding which redirects need to be modify after an article is updated.)
  • Intentional links to disambiguation site always utilizethe title with "(disambiguation)", even if that is a redirect.
  • If editors persistently utilizea redirect instead of an article title, it may be that the article needs to be moved rather than the redirect modify. As such the systematic "fixing of redirects" may eradicate useful infowhich shouldbe utilize to assistdecide on the "best" article title.

Awesomereasons to bypass redirects include:

  • It is usually preferable not to utilizeredirected links in navigational templates, such as those found at the bottom of many articles (e.g., {{US Presidents}} at the end of George Washington). When the template is territory on an article and include a direct link to the same article (rather than a redirect), the direct link will display in bold (and not as a link), making it easier to navigate through a series of articles using the template. There are exceptions to this exception: where a redirect represents a distinct sub-subjectwithin a huge article and is not merely a variant name, it is preferable to leave the redirect in the template.
  • It may be appropriate to make this typeof modifyif the tipthat appears when a utilize hovers over the link is misleading (see Principle of least astonishment).
  • Spelling errors and other mistakes canbe corrected. Don't link to a misspelled redirect. This does not necessarily mean that the misspelled redirect canbe deleted (see {{R from misspelling}}).
  • Links on disambiguation site. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Disambiguation site § Piping and redirects for rationale and exceptions.
  • Radio and TV station call letters, since call letters given up by one station shouldbe utilize later by a different station.
  • In other namespaces, particularly the template and portal namespaces in which subpages are common, any link or transclusion to a former sitetitle that has become a redirect following a sitemove or merge canbe updated to the freshtitle for naming consistency.
  • Links on the Main Page. (But note, as above, that redirects to article sections cannever be bypassed.)


Avoid linking to titles that redirect straight back to the siteon which the link is found. This situation may arise if a redirect is madefrom a red link on the page, or if the title was once a separate sitebut was merged.

However, linking to a title that redirects to a section or anchor within the article (redirects with {{R to section}} or {{R to anchor}}) is acceptable, as it facilitates navigation in particular on long articles that cannot be viewed all at once on an average-sized computer screen. In addition to readability benefits, when such redirects are marked with {{R with possibilities}}, they have the potential to become independent articles in the future. However, consider using section links instead, when such redirects do not already exist.

Template redirects

A template shouldbe redirected to another template in the same way, e.g., by entering the following markup at the top of a template T2:

#REDIRECT [[Template:T1]]

This let the template name T2 to be utilize instead of the actual template name T1. All the parameters of T1 will be respected by T2.

A redirect categorisation (rcat) template such as {{R from move}} may be added to T2 (on the third line below the #REDIRECT line) as follows:

#REDIRECT [[Template:T1]]

{{Redirect category shell|
{{R from move}}

While template shortcut/alias redirects are common, they may infrequently cause confusion and make updating template calls more complicated. For example, if calls to T1 are to be modify to some freshtemplate NT1, articles must be searched for {{T1}} and a separate findmust also be angry for each of its aliases (including T2 in this example). Moreover, modify to syntax, corrections, scans and other processes (for example tag dating) must take into account all applicable redirects.

Redirect protection

Sometimes, a redirect to an article pertaining to a very controversial subjectwill be fully or, more rarely, semi-protected indefinitely. This is done when any of the following criteria are met:

  1. There is no reason for it to be edited
  2. It is frequently expanded into whole articles
  3. It is an obvious vandalism target
  4. It redirects and/or refers to a very controversial topic

Redirects that are protected include Obama, Hitler, and 9/11. Soft redirects that are protected containobvious vandalism targets like dumbass and fatass.

Redirects in other namespaces may be protected for techreasons or are protected under existing guidelines. For example, a template redirect (shorthand) utilize thousands of times qualifies it as a highly visible template, eligible for template protection.

Category redirects

Do not create inter-category redirects, by adding a line #REDIRECT [[:Category:target category]] to a category page. Articles added to a "redirected" category do not presentup in the target category, preventing proper categorization. What's worse, since redirected categories do not become "red links", editors won't be aware even when they add an article to a redirected category.

For an attempt to fix this problemin MediaWiki, see .

Instead, "soft" redirects are utilize. It shouldbe madeby placing {{Category redirect|target}} in the category page. See Wikipedia:Categories for discussion#Redirecting categories.

Suppressing redirects

When a siteis moved, a redirect is automatically left behind. Some groups of users (those who possess a suppressredirect right) have the ability to prevent the redirect being created, by unchecking the box labelled "Leave a redirect behind." Currently these groups are admin, bots, sitemovers, and . In some circumstances, a sitecanbe moved, but a redirect from its current name is inappropriate, such as reverting page-move vandalism. Suppressing the redirect shouldavoid an extra action (siteremoval) and save time in these cases.

However, in general, the redirect will be a useful entry in the history, and it is best to leave it behind, unless there is a awesomereason to suppress the redirect, such as vandalism, userfying recently created malplaced stuffor freeing a title to be occupied immediately by another page (e.g., moving term to accurate term and term (disambiguation) to term). Redirects leave a trail to assistreaders searchthe old article, in case a fresharticle is madeat its previous location, and to prevent linkrot. Therefore, we usually neither suppress nor delete redirects. As Brion Vibber , "Not breaking links assist everyone, especially us first and foremost". He also that the removal of (file) redirects is "extremely utilize-hostile and makes the project less useful".


A Wikipedia redirect is not the same as an HTTP redirect—it does not generate an HTTP 302 (or other 30x) response. Instead, a sitewith almost the same materialas the target of the redirect is generated by the MediaWiki software, differing in that a small-text note appears below the title of the page, identifying the name of the redirect utilize to receivethere (and linking to it in such a methodthat it shouldbe accessed without the redirect, e.g. so it shouldbe modify). When a utilize clicks on a redirect such as housecat, the siteURL initially will be , but the URL present by the browser will modifyto after the siteloads.

On one hand, this let links like housecat#Anatomy to work as expected, but it also requires redirects to anchors to be implemented as a piece of JavaScript that jumps to an appropriate section after the sitehas loaded. For example, second-stage boot loader, which is rendered as the URL , is a sitedefined as a #REDIRECT to Booting#SECOND-STAGE. "SECOND-STAGE", in this case, is a manually defined anchor (using the markup "=== {{anchor|SECOND-STAGE}}Second-stage boot loader ===") which will persist even if the section is renamed. However, whether a redirect points to a manually defined anchor, or an anchor defined implicitly via a section name, the behavior will be the same: the sitewill automatically be scrolled down to the pointed-to anchor only after the sitefinishes loading (at which point the URL bar will also modifyto reflect the redirected-to URL, including "#anchor" portion, rather than the redirected-from URL).

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