RuneScape:Style guide/Disambiguation

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Disambiguation is the process of resolving the conflicts that arise when a single term is ambiguous, and so may refer to more than one topic which the wiki covers. For example, the word "Gold" can refer to coins, an ore, a metal bar, and a rock, and numerous other things. There are three important aspects to disambiguation:

  • Naming articles in such a way that each has a unique title.
  • Making the links for ambiguous terms point to the correct article title.
  • Ensuring that someone who searches for a topic using a particular term can get to the information on that topic quickly and easily, whichever of the possible topics it might be.

This page discusses the standard ways of handling the above issues and formatting of disambiguation pages.

Usage[edit source]

Content[edit source]

Disambiguation pages should contain a minimum of three entries. If there are only two topics with the same name, e.g. Vial of blood and Vial of blood (A Taste of Hope), the primary topic should link directly to the secondary topic with the {{Otheruses}} template. In these cases, creating a separate disambiguation page is unnecessary.

For disambiguation pages that cover a broad topic with dozens of possible entries, use your best judgement in determining what to include. Listing every single article with the topic in its title is overkill and makes it much more difficult for readers to find what they are looking for.

Titling[edit source]

Article names follow Jagex's in-game spelling and capitalisation exactly. Names for items, monsters, etc. are often reused, especially in annual events or promotions, and therefore require parentheses in the title to differentiate versions.

Use common sense in determining how to name the parenthetical:

  • Pages having to do with quests should contain the full name of the quest, e.g. Air rune (The Slug Menace).
  • Non-player characters with no other distinguishing features may be named after their location, e.g. Thora (Miscellania) and Thora.
  • Quests and locations with the same name should have the quest as the primary topic and the location with the (location) parenthetical, as people are more likely to be looking for a quest walkthrough, e.g. Tree Gnome Village and Tree Gnome Village (location).

Location[edit source]

The page that is most likely to be visited takes precedence when determining the location of disambiguation pages. Examples of possible cases include:

Hatnotes[edit source]

Hatnotes are the templates that provide links to disambiguation pages or similar articles. Editors should keep the number of hatnotes at the top to a minimum. Two is the suggested limit, e.g. one {{Otheruses}} – if there are three or more, they should be placed on their own disambiguation page.

In some cases there are different templates available, including or omitting information about the topic of the article. The shorter hatnote may be chosen if omitting the information is not likely to confuse the reader.

There are several hatnote templates available, each suited to different situations:

On the primary page (with no disambiguation page):

  • {{Otheruses}} is the most common hatnote for noting other uses of the primary topic, and generally links to a (disambiguation) page
    • Use {{otheruses|the quest|the location|Death Plateau (location)}} to produce:
This article is about the quest. For the location, see Death Plateau (location).

When the primary topic redirects to another page:

  • {{Redirect}} is used when an ambiguous term redirects to a primary topic, but could also refer to a page with a similar title. For example, "Chompy" redirects to Chompy bird, but could also refer to Cooked chompy.
    • If there is a disambiguation page, use {{redirect|Chompy}} to produce:
"Chompy" redirects here. For other uses, see Chompy (disambiguation).
    • If there is only one secondary topic, use {{redirect3|Death Plateau|For the location, see [[Death Plateau (location)]]}}
"Death Plateau" redirects here. For the location, see Death Plateau (location).

When the primary topic may be confused with another page:

As hatnotes separate the reader from the content they are looking for, descriptions should generally be as concise as possible. Long explanations are generally discouraged; the article's lead text, not the hatnote, should explain what the article is about.

Format[edit source]

Introductory line[edit source]

Disambiguation pages should always begin with: '''[PAGENAME]''' may refer to:. The pagename should not be linked, nor should any further descriptive text be added to the first line.

Individual entries[edit source]

Each entry should be part of an unordered list (created with *). Entries may stand alone or have a short sentence fragment describing it. If a page title is disambiguated with parentheses, the parentheses may be hidden via pipe link; however, this will require it to have a description.

Organisation[edit source]

For pages with more than several items, the list may be split into sections. Short pages may use fake section headings by starting the line with a semicolon (; Header); longer pages should use level 2 headers (==Header==).

Headers should be titled by subject area, which should be as general as possible. Common groupings include "Quests", "Non-player characters", "Monsters", and "Equipment".

Ending[edit source]

All disambiguation pages must have the {{Disambig}} template placed at the bottom for categorisation purposes.

Example[edit source]

'''Chinchompa''' may refer to:

* [[Hunter]] creatures:
** [[Chinchompa (Hunter)|Chinchompa]], the standard variety of Hunter creature
** [[Carnivorous chinchompa]], the red variant of Chinchompa creature
** [[Black chinchompa (Hunter)|Black chinchompa]], the black Hunter variant found in the Wilderness

* [[Ranged]] weapons:
** [[Chinchompa]], an explosive weapon requiring 45 Ranged
** [[Red chinchompa]], an explosive weapon requiring 55 Ranged
** [[Black chinchompa]], an explosive weapon requiring 65 Ranged

* [[Baby chinchompa]], a pet
* [[Red chinchompa hunting ground]], a location


See also[edit source]