Note: Ballotpedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 9 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
For status updates, visit
Ballotpedia's coverage of elections held on March 3, 2015, was limited. Select races were covered live, and all results will be added once the merger is complete.

Help:Redirecting a page

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 21:05, 11 July 2013 by Amanda Qualls (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Editing Help
1328101905 Help.png
Editing guide
Textual standards
Visual standards
Glossary of terms
Edit review process

Pages/articles on Ballotpedia can be redirected. This page explains:

  • Why you might want to create a re-direct.
  • How to do it.

Why create a re-direct?

One main reason to create a re-direct is when you discover that two pages exist on Ballotpedia about:

  • The same subject (for example, the same ballot measure).
  • A short/stub article exists on Ballotpedia about an organization or subject that is part of a larger issue that is explored elsewhere on Ballotpedia in a larger, more comprehensive article.

In the first case, when there are two articles about the same subject on BP, you could just delete one of the articles. But it is generally preferred that you instead re-direct one of the repetitive articles to the other article.


  • Re-direct a less informative, less well-written article to a better article.
  • However, the less informative, less well-written article may have the correct title for the subject, according to BP's naming conventions. In that case, you will want to re-direct the article that is currently better to the article that has the better title. However, in so doing, make sure to save the text from the article you are going to re-direct and add it to the merged article.

In the second case, someone might have started an article about a subdivision of a national or larger organization, but the article is short and only mildly informative and you expect it to remain that way (that is, you don't expect to expand it or improve on it, and your assessment is that no one else will want to expand on it or improve it in the next few months or year). In that case, it is advisable to create a re-direct from the article about the subdivision to an article about its national organization.


  • SEIU Local 221. Click on that article's edit screen to see the code that was used to create the re-direct.

Creating a re-direct

  • Open several tabs on your browser.
  • Set one tab to the article you are going to re-direct.
  • Set one tab to the article you are goign to re-direct it to.
  • Open the editing screen on the article you are going to re-direct.
  • Copy and save the text in that article because you will want to integrate it with the text on the other article, if that will improve the other article.
  • Delete all text from the page you are about to re-direct (once you have saved its text to your clipboard).
  • In the now-empty editing screen, type #redirect [[Title of article you are re-directing this article to]].
  • Click "save."
  • Here's an example: Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan (2009). Go to that page and open its editing screen to see this in action.

See also