FANDOM


(Fundamentals)
m
 
(10 intermediate revisions by 7 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{Title-shortcut|TES:DISAMBIG}}
 
{{Title-shortcut|TES:DISAMBIG}}
On ''[[The Elder Scrolls Wiki]]'', '''disambiguation''' is a tool for resolving conflicts with similar page names. With five [[The Elder Scrolls|''Elder Scrolls'']] titles to date, and several expansions, there are bound to be instances where names of characters, places, and items are re-used. Disambiguation helps readers and editors find the page they're looking for, without causing confusion.
+
On ''[[The Elder Scrolls Wiki]]'', '''disambiguation''' is a tool for resolving conflicts with similar page names. With five [[The Elder Scrolls|''Elder Scrolls'']] titles to date, and several expansions, there are bound to be instances where names of characters, places, and items are re-used. Disambiguation helps readers and editors find the page they're looking for, without causing confusion.
   
 
==Fundamentals==
 
==Fundamentals==
Line 9: Line 9:
   
 
==General article guidelines==
 
==General article guidelines==
[[Alteration]], technically, is a disambiguation page, although it contains cursory information on the Magical discipline itself. In some instances, it may be desirable to create a disambiguation page that expresses the general principles of the topic, while serving as a directory to more specific articles on a topic. Using the example of Alteration, general information is provided at the disambiguation to avoid repeating information that would otherwise be redundant in each, game-specific article on Alteration. This way, in [[Alteration (Oblivion)]] or [[Alteration (Skyrim)]], we can shift the main focus on the unique spells and game machines in the game-specific articles.
+
{{Shortcut|TES:SOFT}}
  +
[[Alteration]], technically, is a disambiguation page, although it contains cursory information on the Magical discipline itself. These articles articles are known as '''soft disambiguations''' or '''soft disambigs''' for short. In some instances, it may be desirable to create a disambiguation page that expresses the general principles of the topic, while serving as a directory to more specific articles on a topic. Using the example of Alteration, general information is provided at the disambiguation to avoid repeating information that would otherwise be redundant in each, game-specific article on Alteration. Additionally, such articles open the possibility of cross-game analysis. This way, in [[Alteration (Oblivion)]] or [[Alteration (Skyrim)]], we can shift the main focus on the unique spells and game machines in the game-specific articles. On the [[Alteration]] page, we can discuss which games the [[magic]] [[:Category:Schools of Magicka|school]] appears in, what types of spells it governs, over-arching lore, philosophy, and theory on the topic, as well as an analysis of how the school is similar or different across each title.
   
 
==Specific article guidelines==
 
==Specific article guidelines==
Unlike the above example, there are instances when two topics are totally unrelated, yet contain the same name. For instance, [[Karita]]. In ''Skyrim'', there are two female NPCs with exactly the same name, but are otherwise completely separate, unrelated individuals. In this instance, creating a link directory at [[Karita]] is advantageous.
+
Unlike the above example, there are instances when two topics are totally unrelated, yet contain the same name. For instance, [[Karita]]. In ''Skyrim'', there are two female NPCs with exactly the same name, but are otherwise completely separate, unrelated individuals. In this instance, creating a link directory at [[Karita]] is advantageous.
   
 
==Setting up a disambiguation==
 
==Setting up a disambiguation==
Before setting up a disambiguation, determine that one or more articles contain the same name. In this instance, we'll use [[Purchase Agreement]]. There are two unique letters of interest that are written by different authors, yet both are titled identically. Then, follow this process:
+
Before setting up a disambiguation, make sure there are at least three links that contain the same name. '''Disambiguations that only link to two other articles with a similar name are liable for deletion or replacement of one of the disambiguated pages.'''
 
#[[The Elder Scrolls Wiki:Moving and redirecting pages|Move]] the page to a less ambiguous title. In this instance, [[Bolli]] is the author of one of the documents, so we'd move [[Purchase Agreement]] to [[Purchase Agreement (Bolli)]]. This will leave behind a redirect at Purchase Agreement, that moves to Purchase Agreement (Bolli).
 
#Head over to [[Purchase Agreement]], which would now be a redirect, and add {{tl|disambig}} to the top of the article. Remove the <nowiki>#REDIRECT</nowiki> language.
 
#Now, type a line of description below the template. Something along the lines of:<nowiki> '''Purchase Agreement''' may refer to one of the following: </nowiki> will suffice.
 
#Add any other pages the title of the ambiguous page may be confused with. In this instance, we would add [[Purchase Agreement (Sarthis Idren)]]. If other articles should be on the disambiguation page, but need to be moved first, please do so at this time.
 
#Hit publish, and you've created a disambiguation page.
 
   
 
==Format==
 
==Format==
 
Here's a preview of how a basic disambiguation page should be formatted:
 
Here's a preview of how a basic disambiguation page should be formatted:
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
{{disambig}}
+
{{Disambig}}
'''{{PAGENAME}}''' may refer to one of the following:
+
'''{{subst:PAGENAME}}''' may refer to:
 
*[[Conjuration (Morrowind)]]
 
*[[Conjuration (Morrowind)]]
 
*[[Conjuration (Oblivion)]]
 
*[[Conjuration (Oblivion)]]
Line 32: Line 32:
 
==Fixing links==
 
==Fixing links==
 
===To evade disambiguation pages===
 
===To evade disambiguation pages===
To ensure that when a reader clicks a link, they are directed to the exact page they would be looking for, add piped links when a linked-to page is a disambiguation. For instance:
+
To ensure that when a reader clicks a link, they are directed to the exact page they would be looking for, add piped links when a linked-to page is a disambiguation. For instance: <code><nowiki>[[Fire Damage]]</nowiki></code>
   
<pre>
+
This will lead to a disambiguation page. But if this link appears in [[Flame Cloak]], a ''Skyrim'' specific spell, a reader clicking on this link assumes the information on the other end is also related to ''Skyrim'', so we would want to link to Fire Damage this way instead: <code><nowiki>[[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|Fire Damage]]</nowiki></code>
[[Fire Damage]]
 
</pre>
 
   
This will lead to a disambiguation page. But if this link appears in [[Flame Cloak]], a ''Skyrim'' specific spell, a reader clicking on this link assumes the information on the other end is also related to ''Skyrim'', so we would want to link to Fire Damage this way instead:
+
If an article links to a disambiguation page, it may be prudent to back track and fix the link so that it directs to the most logically unambiguous page. One can also use [[wikipedia:Help:Pipe trick|pipe tricks]] for a shorthand method of fixing such links:
+
<code><nowiki>[[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|]]</nowiki></code>
<pre>
 
[[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|Fire Damage]]
 
</pre>
 
 
If an article links to a disambiguation page, it may be prudent to back track and fix the link so that it directs to the most logically unambiguous page.
 
 
One can also use [[wikipedia:Help:Pipe_trick|pipe tricks]] for a shorthand method of fixing such links:
 
 
<pre>
 
[[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|]]
 
</pre>
 
   
 
This method, however, does not work in galleries, references, and some templates.
 
This method, however, does not work in galleries, references, and some templates.
   
===To avoid redirects===
+
<!--Interwiki links-->
[[:Category:Redirects|Redirects]] are pages that have titles similar to the appropriate title, but are not otherwise the correct title. To prevent reader ambiguity, write links so that they point directly to the intended article title. For instance, [[Jarl Balgruuf the Greater]] redirects to [[Balgruuf the Greater]]. To avoid the redirect, edit the link that leads to the redirect so that it moves to the exact destination. Consider using a piped link for this as well, as illustrated in the above example with Fire Damage.
+
[[ja:The Elder Scrolls Wiki:曖昧さ回避]]
   
 
[[Category:Help Pages]]
 
[[Category:Help Pages]]
[[ja:The Elder Scrolls Wiki:曖昧さ回避]]
+
[[Category:TESWiki]]

Latest revision as of 00:43, January 20, 2017

Shortcut:
TES:DISAMBIG

On The Elder Scrolls Wiki, disambiguation is a tool for resolving conflicts with similar page names. With five Elder Scrolls titles to date, and several expansions, there are bound to be instances where names of characters, places, and items are re-used. Disambiguation helps readers and editors find the page they're looking for, without causing confusion.

FundamentalsEdit

There are three fundamental principles that disambiguation is founded upon

  • Titling articles so that each name is different. For instance Items (Daggerfall) versus Items (Skyrim).
  • Linking to the proper page is key to avoiding ambiguity conflicts. For instance, a link to Items points to a disambiguation, when perhaps the original creator of the page intended for the article to contain only Items in Skyrim.
  • Allowing readers to find the information they're looking for in either this wiki's search engine, or search engines such as Google or Yahoo!. For instance, a reader might type Items into the search engine, not knowing that an article on this topic exists for each game. The reader will be directed toward Items, where they can select from a list of articles containing that general name.

General article guidelinesEdit

Shortcut:
TES:SOFT

Alteration, technically, is a disambiguation page, although it contains cursory information on the Magical discipline itself. These articles articles are known as soft disambiguations or soft disambigs for short. In some instances, it may be desirable to create a disambiguation page that expresses the general principles of the topic, while serving as a directory to more specific articles on a topic. Using the example of Alteration, general information is provided at the disambiguation to avoid repeating information that would otherwise be redundant in each, game-specific article on Alteration. Additionally, such articles open the possibility of cross-game analysis. This way, in Alteration (Oblivion) or Alteration (Skyrim), we can shift the main focus on the unique spells and game machines in the game-specific articles. On the Alteration page, we can discuss which games the magic school appears in, what types of spells it governs, over-arching lore, philosophy, and theory on the topic, as well as an analysis of how the school is similar or different across each title.

Specific article guidelinesEdit

Unlike the above example, there are instances when two topics are totally unrelated, yet contain the same name. For instance, Karita. In Skyrim, there are two female NPCs with exactly the same name, but are otherwise completely separate, unrelated individuals. In this instance, creating a link directory at Karita is advantageous.

Setting up a disambiguationEdit

Before setting up a disambiguation, make sure there are at least three links that contain the same name. Disambiguations that only link to two other articles with a similar name are liable for deletion or replacement of one of the disambiguated pages.

FormatEdit

Here's a preview of how a basic disambiguation page should be formatted:

{{Disambig}}
'''{{subst:PAGENAME}}''' may refer to:
*[[Conjuration (Morrowind)]]
*[[Conjuration (Oblivion)]]
*[[Conjuration (Skyrim)]]

CategorizationEdit

Adding the {{disambig}} template automatically adds a disambiguation page to a category of all such pages. Other than this, no other categories should exist on the page.

Fixing linksEdit

To evade disambiguation pagesEdit

To ensure that when a reader clicks a link, they are directed to the exact page they would be looking for, add piped links when a linked-to page is a disambiguation. For instance: [[Fire Damage]]

This will lead to a disambiguation page. But if this link appears in Flame Cloak, a Skyrim specific spell, a reader clicking on this link assumes the information on the other end is also related to Skyrim, so we would want to link to Fire Damage this way instead: [[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|Fire Damage]]

If an article links to a disambiguation page, it may be prudent to back track and fix the link so that it directs to the most logically unambiguous page. One can also use pipe tricks for a shorthand method of fixing such links: [[Fire Damage (Skyrim)|]]

This method, however, does not work in galleries, references, and some templates.

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.