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A redirect is a page with no content other than:

#REDIRECT [[pagename]]

Where pagename is the article or page to redirect to.

This page explains why you might want to create a re-direct and how to do it.

Why create a redirect?

You may create a redirect when:

  1. There are two pages on Ballotpedia about the same subject. For example, two pages about same judge, one named Michael Corson and another named Michael N. Corson.
    1. In this case, when there are two articles about the same subject on Ballotpedia, you could just delete one of the articles, but it is preferred that you instead redirect one of the repetitive articles to the other article. To do so, you will need to first merge the content from both of the pages onto the page with the name you intend to use as your content page. The page you select as your content page should be properly named according to the naming conventions. If both pages are properly named, you should select the repetitive page that has the most commonly used name for the subject.
  2. A 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.
    1. When this occurs, an editor may have started an article about a subdivision of a larger organization, but the article is short, only mildly informative and you expect it to remain that way (that is, you don't expect that you or anyone else will expand or improve upon it). In that case, it is advisable to create a redirect from the article about the subdivision to an article about its national organization.
      If this occurs, redirect the less informative, more poorly written article to the better article. However, if the less informative article has the correct title for the subject, according to Ballotpedia's naming conventions, you should redirect the article that is currently better to the article that has the better title. When so doing, make sure to merge the text from the article you are going to redirect and add it to the selected article.
  3. A page could be called by two or more names, and you want to make the subject easier to locate for visitors.
    1. With some subjects, there may be multiple pages that people know the subject by. For example, help with moving a page on Ballotpedia could reasonably be called Help:Moving a page or Help:Renaming a page. In cases like this,

Creating a redirect

Merging pages

In the case of situations 1 and 2 above:

  1. Open several tabs on your browser
  2. Set one tab to the article you are going to redirect
  3. Set another tab to the article you are going to redirect to
  4. Open the editing screen on the article you are going to redirect
  5. Copy and save the text in that article, because you need to integrate it with the text on the other article, if that will improve the other article
  6. Delete the text from the page you are about to redirect
  7. In the now-empty editing screen, type #REDIRECT [[pagename]]
  8. Click "save"

Creating a page for redirect

In the case of situation 3 above:

  1. Create the page name you want to redirect
  2. In the new, empty editing screen, type #REDIRECT [[pagename]]
  3. Click "save"

Preserving page views

When you redirect a page, the page views will stay on the redirected page. For high profile pages or pages with many views, it is preferable to move the page views with the content. If you need to redirect a page and preserve the page views, you can move the page.

If this is the case with a duplicate page, as in situations 1 and 2 above, then the only way to preserve page views is to delete the page with the name you want to use, then move the less desirable page name to the formerly deleted page, leaving behind a redirect in the moving process. As is the case with redirecting any duplicate pages, you will want to be sure to merge the content from these two pages before deleting and moving.

See also