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There are several reasons why you might wish to rename a page (one that you have found or created):
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From time to time, you may need to move (also known as rename) a page on Ballotpedia. There are several reasons why you might wish to move a page:
  
* The title has been misspelled.
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* The title has been misspelled
* The title does not follow Ballotpedia's [[Ballotpedia:Naming Conventions|naming conventions]].
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* The title does not follow established [[Ballotpedia:Naming Conventions|naming conventions]].
* The scope of the article has been reduced, extended or otherwise changed.
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* The scope of the article has been reduced, expanded or otherwise changed
  
The terms "rename" and "move" mean the same in this context. They just refer to different models for picturing the operation:  
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Please note that the terms "''rename''" and "''move''" mean the same thing. There are two ways that a page can be moved to a new location: manually or automatically using the "Move" dropdown. This help page will cover both methods, and when which of these methods should or should not be used. To move any page, you must first be [[Help:Logging in|logged in]].
  
*'''rename''': keep the page but give it another name; the page history is now attached to the new name; the renaming with the specified reason is recorded as an entry in the page history; a new page with the old name is created which redirects to the new name; the edit summary of the page creation records the renaming<br> with the specified reason.
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==Ways to move==
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===The "Move" dropdown===
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The link to the "Move" function can be found under the down arrow menu to the right of the [[Help:Watching pages|star icon]] at the top of a page. If you do not see this option on the menu, you either do not have the proper [[Ballotpedia:Administrators|administrative privileges]] to move the page, or the page has been [[#Move protection|move protected]].
  
*'''move''': move the contents and the page history to a new page, adding an entry for the move; change the old page into a redirect; change the page history into one that only records the renaming.
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:[[File:Help dropdown.png|300px|border]]
  
Since the system marks the page with the old name as new page, it applies the first of the two models. This model avoids "changing the history".
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====When to use====
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In most cases, the "Move" dropdown should be used to move pages, rather than moving a page [[#Moving manually|manually]]. This is because the move dropdown preserves page views and page histories. For example, if you are moving '''Page A''', which has 2,353 views and a three year page history with 46 corresponding edits, then it is essential to use the "Move" dropdown so that all of that information stays with the content.<ref name = pageviews>Page views can be seen at the bottom left of any page.</ref> If you [[#Moving manually|manually move]] the page, then all of that information will either stay on the page that you designate as a redirect, or, in the worst case, be deleted. Whenever possible, unless there are extenuating circumstances like vandalism, we want to preserve page views and history, and ensure that they stay with their content.
  
A page cannot be moved if it is in the image or category namespace. To change the name of an image, one needs to upload it again, and copy the image description. To change the name of a category, one needs to change all category tags, and copy the editable part.
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For instances when you should manually move pages, see the section of this page titled "[[#Moving manually|Moving manually]]."
  
==How to==
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====How to use====
Note that you have to be [[Help:Logging in|logged in]] to rename a page this way.
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To use the "Move" dropdown:
  
With the correct page (the article you want to move or rename) displayed on your screen, click on the "Move" tab near the top of the page. You'll be asked for a new name for the page, and given the option to also move the page's talk page. NOTE: Unless you know what you're doing, it's safest to say yes.
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* With the page you want to move displayed on your screen, click on the down arrow menu to the right of the [[Help:Watching pages|star icon]]. Under this menu will be an option to "Move".
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:''If you do not see this option, you either do not have the proper [[Ballotpedia:Administrators|administrative privileges]] to move the page, or the page has been [[#Move protection|move protected]].''
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* Once you have selected the "Move" menu, the following form will appear:
  
The reason for the move can be given, like an edit summary.
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:[[File:Moving a page.png|750px|border]]
*For example, you might give "previous title misspelled" as the reason for renaming or moving it
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Click the "move page" button and the page will be renamed to the new title. The old title will become a [[Help:Redirect|redirect page]], so any links to the old title will still go to the new page. However, note that double redirects (pages that redirect to the original page), will not automatically follow to the new page, so you will have to refer them manually (as explained below)
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* Designate the new name for the page
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:''The page you are moving will be automatically populated in the "Move page" field. The "To new title" field will also be automatically populated with the current page name. This is the field where you will type the new name of the page. If you want to move the page into any specific namepace, such as "Help:", you can select that from the dropdown menu.''
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* Fill out the "Reason" field to let other editors know why you have moved the page.
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:''Filling this out can prevent the page from potentially being moved back to its original name. The reason that you give will also appear in the page's history.''
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* In most cases, check the "Move associated talk page" and "Leave a [[Help:Redirecting a page|redirect]] behind" boxes.
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:''It is up to your discretion whether or not you want to check "Watch source page and target page." If you check this, the original page and new page will be added to your [[Help:Watching pages|watchlist]], and you will receive a notification any time either of these pages are modified.''
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* Double check that you have designated the correct new name for the page, added a reason for the change and checked the appropriate boxes, then click "Move page."
  
== Page histories ==
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You will receive a notice that your page has been moved; no other action needs to be taken, unless you believe a [[#Double redirects|double redirect]] has been created.
The "move page" function keeps the entire edit history of the page, before and after the move, in one place, as if the page were ''always'' named that way. So, you should never just move a page by cutting all the text out of one page, and pasting it into a new one; old revisions, notes, and attributions are much harder to keep track of if you do that. (But you may have to if, for instance, you're splitting a page into multiple topics. If you do, be sure to include a note in the new page's edit summary and talk page stating where you took the text from.)
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===Moving redirect pages===
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===Moving manually===
A page that is a redirect can be moved like any other page. This is however not advised while it has the same detrimental effect on page history as copy-pasting content to a new page, and making the old page a redirect: when moving a redirect page to a new page name, the redirect on the old page (now directing to the new redirect page) will have to be changed in order to avoid double redirects. So the content of the ''old'' page will no longer redirect to the page containing the history of that old page. The only effect is that the whereabouts of the page history of the old page (now seemingly a "recently created page") are a bit trickier to find, while on the other hand the new page has a history attached to it not clarifying why it would need to be a redirect page.
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====When to use====
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In most cases, you should use the [[#The "Move" dropdown|"Move" dropdown]] to move pages, but you may have to manually move pages in some instances. The possible reasons to manually move pages are:
  
If a redirect page does not redirect to the page it would need to be redirecting to, the only viable strategy that respects page histories is to adapt the redirect on that page, without moving the page.
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* You are splitting a page into multiple topics
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:''When splitting one page into multiple pages, it is impossible to keep the [[#History and page views|history and page views]] with more than one new page. The best way to handle this is to use the "Move" dropdown to relocate the original page to one of the new locations, then manually create and split the content out into one or more additional pages as necessary. When manually moving the content into new pages, make sure to include information in the edit summary about the page where the information originated from, so that readers and editors can easily look at the older history of that information.''
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* There has been extensive vandalism on a page, and the page views are low
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:''If a page has experienced extensive vandalism and has low page views, it is sometimes better to manually move the page. However, you should always consider the age of the page as well (if possible, we want to preserve older pages), and try to clean up the [[Help:Page history|page history]] before manually moving a page and possibly deleting its origin. If you find a page that seems to match this criteria, do not hesitate to seek guidance from another editor, particularly an [[Ballotpedia:Administrators|administrator]], before moving or deleting.''
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* You are merging two pages into one
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:''Sometimes, more than one page will be created for the same topic (for example, a lawmaker who goes by the name Jon Smith and Jonathan B. Smith might wind up with pages created for both names), or you will decide to merge two or more pages on a similar topic into one larger page. In this case, some type of manual moving will have to take place. You should always consider the number of page views, and length and strength of a page history when deciding how and where to move content. In some cases, merging may require a mix of manual moving and the use of the "Move" dropdown. If you are ever unsure of how to approach a situation like this, seek the help of an [[Ballotpedia:Administrators|administrator]].''
  
==Moving over a redirect==
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====How to use====
:: ''See also: [[Help:Redirecting a page]]''
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Moving a page manually is a very simple procedure. To manually move '''Page A''' to '''Page B''', follow these steps:
  
If the new title already exists but is just a redirect to the old title, with just one line in the page history, the creation of the redirect, then you ''can'' rename the page. The most common case in which this applies is that of re-renaming a page back to its original name. As mentioned, this works only if the redirect that was automatically created in the first renaming, has not been edited.
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* [[Help:Starting a page|Create]] '''Page B'''
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* With the edit box on '''Page B''' still open, use another tab to open '''Page A'''
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* Open the edit box on '''Page A''', and copy all of the text
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* Return to the edit box of '''Page B''', and paste in the text from '''Page A'''
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* Save '''Page B''', and create and save its [[Help:Talk page|talk page]]
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* Return to '''Page A''', and delete all of the text that has been moved to '''Page B'''
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* Place a redirect from '''Page A''' to '''Page B''' on the page, and click "Save page"
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:''In this example, the code for that redirect would look like this: <code><nowiki>#REDIRECT [[Page B]]</nowiki></code>. For more information on redirects and how to create them, visit [[Help:Redirect]].''
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* Go to '''Page A's''' talk page, and place a redirect to '''Page B's''' talk page, and click "Save page"
  
The result is that the history of the page is preserved (note that you may have to refresh the history page on your browser), but without any sign of the two moves. The edit history of the page with the intermediate title shows the latest move only. The information about the first move (including user name, date and time) is lost: it is no longer in any page history or on any watchlist or Related Changes page, and not even in User contributions; only if the first move has been recent enough, then it is still available in the Recent Changes; how long depends on the edit activity on the site; e.g. one may be able to retrieve the edit lines of the last 2000 edits, which may cover months or just a few hours. To avoid loss of information, copy the edit line concerned to one of the talk pages. This has to be done before the second move, using the page history of the page with the original name; if the second move is soon enough after the first move, it can also be done afterwards, using Recent Changes.
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You have now manually moved '''Page A''' to '''Page B'''. Please note that the history and page views of '''Page A''' will stay on that page in this example, and do not follow the content to '''Page B'''. For this reason, manual moves should only be made in special circumstances; in most cases, follow the procedures in [[#The "Move" dropdown|this section]].
  
The information about the second move is more complete in the Recent Changes than in the edit history of the page with the intermediate title: it mentions "B moved to A ''over redirect''".
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==History and page views==
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Using the [[#The "Move" dropdown|"Move"]] dropdown keeps the entire edit history of the page with its content. The move will also show up in the page's history, with the reason you enter for the move in the place that generally displays the edit summary. In addition to preserving the history of the page, the page views are also preserved and carried over to the new page name.<ref name = pageviews/> This is the reason that moving using the "Move" function is generally preferable to manually moving pages.
  
More moves back and forth are possible, and always the page history of the current title does not show any moves, and that of the other title only contains the edit line of the latest move. There is no record at all of a "move war" (except again, on Recent Changes) unless documented on the talk pages.
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There are, however, some reasons why you might need to manually move pages. For more information on when and how to manually move pages, see the section of this page [[#Moving manually|covering that topic]].
  
==Moving over an existing page==
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==Special cases==
Administrators can move a page, deleting an existing page with a name equal to the new name of the moved page, in one step.
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===Merging pages===
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For information on merging pages, see the section of this page on "[[#Moving manually|Moving manually]]."
  
If the new title already exists and isn't just a redirect to the old title, with no history, and you are not an administrator, the wiki will tell you that you can't rename the page. You'll either have to manually merge the two pages, or if there's no real content in the page ask an admin to have it deleted or list it on your project's "votes for deletion" page in order to make room for moving the page.
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===Swapping pages===
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There may be situations where you wish to swap the content of two pages. In this case, you will want to keep the correct history and page views with the correct content. To do this, the content should be swapped using the "Move" option on the arrow dropdown menu.
  
==Move-protected pages==
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To swap a set of two pages (for the purpose of this example, '''Page A''' and '''Page B''') follow these steps:
Administrators can protect pages from moves. If a page is protected from moves only, the "Move this page" link will not be available. In this case, you can ask that an administrator move it for you, or you can manually move the page, by copying the contents to the new page and redirecting the old page to the new page. However, this is generally not recommended, and users are asked to request the moves instead.
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* Move '''Page A''' to '''Page C''', a previously non-existing page
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:''When moving '''Page A''', make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.''
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* Move '''Page B''' to '''Page A'''. This is allowed because '''Page A''' was deleted when you moved it to '''Page C'''.
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:''When moving '''Page B''', make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.''
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* Move '''Page C''' to '''Page B'''. This is allowed because '''Page B''' was deleted when you moved it to '''Page A'''.
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:''When moving '''Page C''', make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.''
  
Pages that are protected from editing are automatically protected from moves.
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===Moving categories===
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Categories cannot be moved. To change the name of a category, you must change all of the articles, media, and subcategories within the category in question. The old category must be removed from any relevant articles or media, and a new, correct category may be added. If a new category is added, do not forget to [[Help:Categories|create the new category page]]. Once all pages, subcategories and media have been moved out of the former category, the now empty category can be deleted.
  
==Other notes==
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===Moving redirects===
Redirects to redirects aren't automatically followed (this prevents infinite loops and spaghetti linking). Always check the ''What links here'' for your page, and if there are multiple levels of redirects, go fix the links to point to the new location directly. But this can be troublesome because your new moving might be reverted soon. Take some time to make sure there is no objection to your moving; always check the talk page first.
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A page that is a redirect can be moved using the "Move" dropdown like any other page. However, this is not advised, as changing redirects in this way will result in the creation of a [[#Double redirects|double redirect]] and the loss of the history of the original redirect page.
  
Avoid moving a page while the edit box of the corresponding Talk page is open: when you hit "Save page" you overwrite the redirect to the new talk page (you do not get the usual warning that the page has been edited while your edit box was open) and get a duplication of the contents of the talk page, with your latest addition added to the old instead of the new one.
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If a redirect page does not send readers to the page it should be pointing to, the correct strategy for resolving this situation is to edit the redirect. To change a redirect, follow the information on the the [[Help:Redirecting a page|help page dedicated to redirects]].
  
It is useful to copy the message "Page ... moved to ..." to the new talk page, especially if there has been discussion about the name of the page.
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===Moving over an existing page===
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Administrators can move a page and delete an existing page with a name equal to the new name of the moved page in one step. If the page you are moving over is an automatically created redirect, this amounts to [[#Undoing a move|undoing a move]]. However, if the existing page in question is a regular content page, and you are not an administrator, the wiki will tell you that you cannot rename the page.
  
Moving a watched page does not show up on the watchlist; after the move both the old and the new name are watched.
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In this case, you can choose to [[#Moving manually|manually merge]] the two pages, which is the most preferable course of action even if you are an administrator, as it ensures that unique content is not lost. Alternatively, you may choose to delete one of the pages, and use the "Move" dropdown to move the remaining page over to the location of the now deleted page. Page deletions should always be seriously considered, and if you are unsure about or wary of deleting a page, check with an [[Ballotpedia:Administrators|administrator]] first.
  
== Undoing a move ==
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==Undoing a move==
Normally, to undo a move from page A to page B, simply:
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Normally, to undo a move from '''Page A''' to '''Page B''', simply move '''Page B''' back to '''Page A.''' However, if a vandal moved '''Page A''' to '''Page B''' to '''Page C''', you would have to:
  
# move page B back to page A
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* Move '''Page C''' to '''Page B'''
# list page B (now a history-free [[Help:Redirect|redirect]]) on your project's "votes for deletion" (or "speedy deletion") page, or ([Ballotpedia:Administrators|Admins]] only) just delete it.
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* Move '''Page B''' to '''Page A'''
  
The software requires that, however, the redirect be pointing to the page you're moving it from. Therefore, if a vandal moved Page A to Page B to Page C, you would have to:
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This is because the software requires that the redirect be pointing to the page you are moving it from, so you would not simply be able to move '''Page C''' to '''Page A'''.
  
# move page C to page B
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Additionally, if any of the pages have been edited after the move or moves, you cannot simply undo the moving process. The steps to take in this case are:
# move page B to page A
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This doesn't work: <u>move page C to page A</u>.
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* Delete '''Page A'''
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:''Before the page is deleted, you must verify that it has no useful history.''
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* Move '''Page B''' to '''Page A'''
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* Delete '''Page B'''
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:''You may choose to leave '''Page B''' as a redirect to '''Page A'''.''
  
If page A has subsequently been edited, or the move software is behaving weirdly, only an admin can sort things out:
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==Move protection==
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[[Ballotpedia:Administrators|Administrators]] can protect pages from being moved by using the "Protect" link under the arrow dropdown menu at the top right of a page. If a page is protected from moves, the "Move" option under the arrow dropdown will not be available. In cases of move protection, you can ask an administrator to move the page for you. Please do not manually move the page without consulting an administrator, because there is probably a good reason that page has been protected from moves. Pages that are protected from editing are automatically protected from moves.
  
# delete page A (make sure it has no useful history - you may wish to add an explicit author credit on a talk page to compensate)
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==Other considerations==
# move page B to page A.
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===[[Help:Redirecting a page|Double redirects]]===
# delete page B (should be a history-free redirect to page A)
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Redirects that lead to other redirect pages are not automatically followed; this type of redirect chain is known as a double redirect. Any time you move a page, you should ensure that your move did not create one or more double redirects.
  
Some large projects have a separate page (called "Requested Moves", or something like that) specifically for requesting help with these (and also for discussing potentially contentious) moves.
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To check to see if a double redirect has been created, check the "What links here" option for the page, which can be found under the tools menu on the left side of page.
  
"Move wars" are highly unproductive, and leave vast numbers of pointless redirects littering the place, which some poor soul will have to fix.
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:[[File:What links here.png|125px|border]]
  
== Swapping two pages ==
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If there are multiple levels of redirects, as in the image below, you need to fix that situation. To correct the redirects, open all redirects that are not directed into the content page, and point to the new location directly.
To swap pages A and B, including history:
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# Move page A to page C (previously non-existing)
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# list A on the appropriate deletion page, or ([[Ballotpedia:Administrators|Admins]] only) just delete it.
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# Move page B to page A (allowed because A is deleted)
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# delete B as above
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# Move page C to page B (allowed because B is deleted)
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# delete C as above
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Again, some large projects have a separate page (called "Requested Moves", or something like that) specifically for requesting help with these (and also for discussing potentially contentious) moves.
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:[[File:Double redirect example.png|350px|border]]
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You can also see if your actions created any double redirects by checking the [[Special:DoubleRedirects|double redirect]] list, found under the [[Special:SpecialPages|special pages]]. To correct double redirects found in this list, open the first page in the redirect chain, copy the page name of the last page in the chain, and update the first redirect with your copied text.
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===Moving with talk page open===
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Avoid moving a page while the edit box of the corresponding [[Help:Talk page|talk page]] is open. If you move a page and automatically move its talk page, but then hit "Save page" on the open talk page edit box, then you overwrite the redirect to the new talk page. The system will '''not''' give you the usual warning that the page has been edited while your edit box was open.
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===Moving watched pages===
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Moving a watched page will not show up on your [[Special:Watchlist|watchlist]]. After the move, both the old and the new name are watched.
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==See also==
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* [[Help:Redirecting a page]]
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* [[Help:Starting a page]]
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* [[Help:Page history]]
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* [[Help:Categories]]
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==References==
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From time to time, you may need to move (also known as rename) a page on Ballotpedia. There are several reasons why you might wish to move a page:

  • The title has been misspelled
  • The title does not follow established naming conventions.
  • The scope of the article has been reduced, expanded or otherwise changed

Please note that the terms "rename" and "move" mean the same thing. There are two ways that a page can be moved to a new location: manually or automatically using the "Move" dropdown. This help page will cover both methods, and when which of these methods should or should not be used. To move any page, you must first be logged in.

Ways to move

The "Move" dropdown

The link to the "Move" function can be found under the down arrow menu to the right of the star icon at the top of a page. If you do not see this option on the menu, you either do not have the proper administrative privileges to move the page, or the page has been move protected.

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When to use

In most cases, the "Move" dropdown should be used to move pages, rather than moving a page manually. This is because the move dropdown preserves page views and page histories. For example, if you are moving Page A, which has 2,353 views and a three year page history with 46 corresponding edits, then it is essential to use the "Move" dropdown so that all of that information stays with the content.[1] If you manually move the page, then all of that information will either stay on the page that you designate as a redirect, or, in the worst case, be deleted. Whenever possible, unless there are extenuating circumstances like vandalism, we want to preserve page views and history, and ensure that they stay with their content.

For instances when you should manually move pages, see the section of this page titled "Moving manually."

How to use

To use the "Move" dropdown:

  • With the page you want to move displayed on your screen, click on the down arrow menu to the right of the star icon. Under this menu will be an option to "Move".
If you do not see this option, you either do not have the proper administrative privileges to move the page, or the page has been move protected.
  • Once you have selected the "Move" menu, the following form will appear:
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  • Designate the new name for the page
The page you are moving will be automatically populated in the "Move page" field. The "To new title" field will also be automatically populated with the current page name. This is the field where you will type the new name of the page. If you want to move the page into any specific namepace, such as "Help:", you can select that from the dropdown menu.
  • Fill out the "Reason" field to let other editors know why you have moved the page.
Filling this out can prevent the page from potentially being moved back to its original name. The reason that you give will also appear in the page's history.
  • In most cases, check the "Move associated talk page" and "Leave a redirect behind" boxes.
It is up to your discretion whether or not you want to check "Watch source page and target page." If you check this, the original page and new page will be added to your watchlist, and you will receive a notification any time either of these pages are modified.
  • Double check that you have designated the correct new name for the page, added a reason for the change and checked the appropriate boxes, then click "Move page."

You will receive a notice that your page has been moved; no other action needs to be taken, unless you believe a double redirect has been created.

Moving manually

When to use

In most cases, you should use the "Move" dropdown to move pages, but you may have to manually move pages in some instances. The possible reasons to manually move pages are:

  • You are splitting a page into multiple topics
When splitting one page into multiple pages, it is impossible to keep the history and page views with more than one new page. The best way to handle this is to use the "Move" dropdown to relocate the original page to one of the new locations, then manually create and split the content out into one or more additional pages as necessary. When manually moving the content into new pages, make sure to include information in the edit summary about the page where the information originated from, so that readers and editors can easily look at the older history of that information.
  • There has been extensive vandalism on a page, and the page views are low
If a page has experienced extensive vandalism and has low page views, it is sometimes better to manually move the page. However, you should always consider the age of the page as well (if possible, we want to preserve older pages), and try to clean up the page history before manually moving a page and possibly deleting its origin. If you find a page that seems to match this criteria, do not hesitate to seek guidance from another editor, particularly an administrator, before moving or deleting.
  • You are merging two pages into one
Sometimes, more than one page will be created for the same topic (for example, a lawmaker who goes by the name Jon Smith and Jonathan B. Smith might wind up with pages created for both names), or you will decide to merge two or more pages on a similar topic into one larger page. In this case, some type of manual moving will have to take place. You should always consider the number of page views, and length and strength of a page history when deciding how and where to move content. In some cases, merging may require a mix of manual moving and the use of the "Move" dropdown. If you are ever unsure of how to approach a situation like this, seek the help of an administrator.

How to use

Moving a page manually is a very simple procedure. To manually move Page A to Page B, follow these steps:

  • Create Page B
  • With the edit box on Page B still open, use another tab to open Page A
  • Open the edit box on Page A, and copy all of the text
  • Return to the edit box of Page B, and paste in the text from Page A
  • Save Page B, and create and save its talk page
  • Return to Page A, and delete all of the text that has been moved to Page B
  • Place a redirect from Page A to Page B on the page, and click "Save page"
In this example, the code for that redirect would look like this: #REDIRECT [[Page B]]. For more information on redirects and how to create them, visit Help:Redirect.
  • Go to Page A's talk page, and place a redirect to Page B's talk page, and click "Save page"

You have now manually moved Page A to Page B. Please note that the history and page views of Page A will stay on that page in this example, and do not follow the content to Page B. For this reason, manual moves should only be made in special circumstances; in most cases, follow the procedures in this section.

History and page views

Using the "Move" dropdown keeps the entire edit history of the page with its content. The move will also show up in the page's history, with the reason you enter for the move in the place that generally displays the edit summary. In addition to preserving the history of the page, the page views are also preserved and carried over to the new page name.[1] This is the reason that moving using the "Move" function is generally preferable to manually moving pages.

There are, however, some reasons why you might need to manually move pages. For more information on when and how to manually move pages, see the section of this page covering that topic.

Special cases

Merging pages

For information on merging pages, see the section of this page on "Moving manually."

Swapping pages

There may be situations where you wish to swap the content of two pages. In this case, you will want to keep the correct history and page views with the correct content. To do this, the content should be swapped using the "Move" option on the arrow dropdown menu.

To swap a set of two pages (for the purpose of this example, Page A and Page B) follow these steps:

  • Move Page A to Page C, a previously non-existing page
When moving Page A, make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.
  • Move Page B to Page A. This is allowed because Page A was deleted when you moved it to Page C.
When moving Page B, make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.
  • Move Page C to Page B. This is allowed because Page B was deleted when you moved it to Page A.
When moving Page C, make sure "Move associated talk page" is checked, but leave "Leave a redirect behind" and "Watch source page and target page" unchecked.

Moving categories

Categories cannot be moved. To change the name of a category, you must change all of the articles, media, and subcategories within the category in question. The old category must be removed from any relevant articles or media, and a new, correct category may be added. If a new category is added, do not forget to create the new category page. Once all pages, subcategories and media have been moved out of the former category, the now empty category can be deleted.

Moving redirects

A page that is a redirect can be moved using the "Move" dropdown like any other page. However, this is not advised, as changing redirects in this way will result in the creation of a double redirect and the loss of the history of the original redirect page.

If a redirect page does not send readers to the page it should be pointing to, the correct strategy for resolving this situation is to edit the redirect. To change a redirect, follow the information on the the help page dedicated to redirects.

Moving over an existing page

Administrators can move a page and delete an existing page with a name equal to the new name of the moved page in one step. If the page you are moving over is an automatically created redirect, this amounts to undoing a move. However, if the existing page in question is a regular content page, and you are not an administrator, the wiki will tell you that you cannot rename the page.

In this case, you can choose to manually merge the two pages, which is the most preferable course of action even if you are an administrator, as it ensures that unique content is not lost. Alternatively, you may choose to delete one of the pages, and use the "Move" dropdown to move the remaining page over to the location of the now deleted page. Page deletions should always be seriously considered, and if you are unsure about or wary of deleting a page, check with an administrator first.

Undoing a move

Normally, to undo a move from Page A to Page B, simply move Page B back to Page A. However, if a vandal moved Page A to Page B to Page C, you would have to:

  • Move Page C to Page B
  • Move Page B to Page A

This is because the software requires that the redirect be pointing to the page you are moving it from, so you would not simply be able to move Page C to Page A.

Additionally, if any of the pages have been edited after the move or moves, you cannot simply undo the moving process. The steps to take in this case are:

  • Delete Page A
Before the page is deleted, you must verify that it has no useful history.
  • Move Page B to Page A
  • Delete Page B
You may choose to leave Page B as a redirect to Page A.

Move protection

Administrators can protect pages from being moved by using the "Protect" link under the arrow dropdown menu at the top right of a page. If a page is protected from moves, the "Move" option under the arrow dropdown will not be available. In cases of move protection, you can ask an administrator to move the page for you. Please do not manually move the page without consulting an administrator, because there is probably a good reason that page has been protected from moves. Pages that are protected from editing are automatically protected from moves.

Other considerations

Double redirects

Redirects that lead to other redirect pages are not automatically followed; this type of redirect chain is known as a double redirect. Any time you move a page, you should ensure that your move did not create one or more double redirects.

To check to see if a double redirect has been created, check the "What links here" option for the page, which can be found under the tools menu on the left side of page.

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If there are multiple levels of redirects, as in the image below, you need to fix that situation. To correct the redirects, open all redirects that are not directed into the content page, and point to the new location directly.

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You can also see if your actions created any double redirects by checking the double redirect list, found under the special pages. To correct double redirects found in this list, open the first page in the redirect chain, copy the page name of the last page in the chain, and update the first redirect with your copied text.

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Moving with talk page open

Avoid moving a page while the edit box of the corresponding talk page is open. If you move a page and automatically move its talk page, but then hit "Save page" on the open talk page edit box, then you overwrite the redirect to the new talk page. The system will not give you the usual warning that the page has been edited while your edit box was open.

Moving watched pages

Moving a watched page will not show up on your watchlist. After the move, both the old and the new name are watched.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Page views can be seen at the bottom left of any page.