Redirect causes a user to immediately jump to another page. There are several uses for redirection, including:
- Sending someone to the correct page when they aren't certain of the correct name or spelling. Looking for a Fleetwood Mac song called "Tell Me Lies" would redirect you to the correct title, "Little Lies".
- Making sure an article can be found under an alternate name. If you were looking for "CCR" , you would be directed to the group's proper name, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
- Locating an artist who uses more than one name, such as "Johnny Cougar", "John Cougar", and "John Cougar Mellencamp" all getting you to the artist's modern name of John Mellencamp.
- Handling discrepancies in spelling between parts of the world, such as "colour" instead of "color".
- Working with artists whose names are in non-Latin alphabets (such as Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, or Japanese). A redirect can make it possible to find the artist under both their natively-spelled name and the "romanized" version.
- Finding the correct name when diacritical marks are involved, such as "Bjork" finding the correct spelling Björk.
- This example would bring you to this page from the LyricWiki:Redirect page, by using the code:
(Redirected from LyricWiki:Redirect)
Click here to see what the redirected page looks like.
- When placing this code on a page, always remove any other text.
- Redirection should be done in one step, if possible. You should always redirect to the appropriate page the first time, to prevent broken redirects and doubled redirects. For example, "Ten Thousand Maniacs" should redirect immediately to the correct name "10,000 Maniacs", not to "10000 Maniacs". Likewise, "10000 Maniacs" should redirect only to the correct artist page.
- Consider redirection instead of deletion when pages contain minor errors, such as incorrect spelling or capitalization. If it's a common mistake, such as looking for "Brittany Spears" instead of Britney Spears, a redirection will make sure other users quickly find the correct article.