User:Pokéfan95/Redirect policy

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This article is a proposed policy for Bulbapedia.

Please discuss the proposed policy and suggest possible changes on the article's talk page.

Redirects are pages that help you go to the page being redirected. However, due to redirects consuming CPU usage, we have decided to create a redirect policy to reduce the stress our servers been experiencing.

What is a redirect?

These are pages that redirect to the right page you want to read. Redirects are created automatically by moving an article's name to a new name, and old article's name will be a redirect, redirecting to the new name (Staff members can bypass this by moving an article without creating a redirect).

Why are redirects created?

Because as generations passed, some names of trainer classes change. Japanese named characters have their own name in the English dub. Discovering commonly used abbrievations and acronyms in the Internet, and more.

How can you create a redirect?

Redirects are automatically created when articles move to their new name. You can also create a redirect manually, like creating a new article in the mainspace.

How should I know if the redirects created will be used by many people?

If they are abbrievations, Japanese names, old names of Trainer classes, acronyms, then many people may used your new redirect.

Why is my redirect is deleted?

Common reasons are that the redirect you created is unnecessary. Redirects, such as plural names, are unnecessary. Sometimes, you don't need to create a redirect with a name like "Streetpass" because if you searched for an article named with that name, it would automatically redirect to the name "StreetPass", even though there is no redirect named "Streetpass". Your redirect maybe also a "broken redirect", which can be found out more here.

Can I create a redirect redirecting to a template?

No, but with some exceptions. For example, a template named {{clear}} is created 2008, but now, another template that is the same with {{clear}} is created, and it is named {{-}}. The staff have decided to make {{clear}} to be a redirect of {{-}}, as there are still other articles using {{clear}}. But however, using the redirect redirecting to a template as a transclusion, is discouraged, as every time you visit an article with a transcluded redirect, it would redirect to the right template. And because of that, there is a risk that a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack will occur. So if you see a transcluded redirect, please fix it by linking it to the right template by editing.

What is a "double redirect" and "broken redirect"?

Double redirects are redirects that redirect to another redirect. To fix this, if the second redirect redirects to a non-redirect page, then make the first one redirect to the non-redirect page. The same also for third redirects and fourth redirects. Double redirects should be fixed immediately. While Broken redirects are redirects that redirect to a non-existing page. If you find a broken redirect, you can tag it with {{delete}}. You can find a list of current double redirects and broken redirects here and here, respectively.

How if I saw a redirect that violates this policy?

You can tag the template with {{delete}}, or {{discussdelete}}, but {{discussdelete}} is preferred, as the staff can decide if the redirect can stay or not.