Minecraft Wiki:Projects/Redirect cleanup

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Only two of these results are useful: the exact search term, and the disambiguation page.
Work in Progress
Don't take action until the details have been worked out.

Having loads of useless redirects makes search suggestions useless, making it more difficult to find pages. Many of these redirects are left over from old page names which we haven't used for years (for example when we used to name everything in disambiguation format...), and others are created due to lazy linking which perhaps doesn't need to be quite so lazy.

What makes a useful redirect?[edit]

  • Primarily, anything someone would search for when trying to find an item, or game feature:
    • Exact names used in the game
    • Names of certain specific features (e.g.: "Armorer")
    • Very common alternate names (e.g.: Loads of people call "stone" "smooth stone", despite that never being an official name. "AI" is an alternate name for "Mob").
    • Non-American English variant spelling (e.g.: "Armour"), possibly excluding joke English language variants
  • Common link targets, in order to avoid piped links to reduce page clutter. (MCW:STYLE#Linking)
    • TODO: Are plurals useful?
      • Proposal: Only keep plural redirects if the singular word does not fit exactly inside the plural. For example, [[wolves]] is acceptable as the word "wolf" cannot be seen in its full form, however [[zombies]] would not be acceptable as the singular word zombie fits in in its plural, and as such the link can be changed to the equally functional [[zombie]]s. (discuss)
    • Lowercase names (such as "Zombie pigman"), see MCW:STYLE#Capitalization
  • Historical names (Stained Clay)
  • Terms that would not make good redirects may include:
    • Alternate names invented by YouTubers, etc. (e.g.: "Butter" for Gold, "Googlies" for Zombies)
    • Simple plural suffixes such as Zombies, see above

Tasks[edit]

  •  In progress Figure out criteria for useful redirects
  •  Not done Amend style guide to match criteria
  •  Not done Sort redirects to be removed
  •  Not done Check redirects are not used on prominent external sites
    •  Not done Mark redirects which can't be deleted due to external usage with a template and/or category
  •  Not done Delete unused redirects
  •  Not done Categorise remaining useful redirects

Unsorted list of redirects[edit]