Help:Disambiguation

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Help:Disambiguation
Disambiguation pages on Wikisource are used as a process of resolving conflicts in names of works or people:either
  • works by different authors; or
  • different versions of work by the same author; or
  • different translations of the same work by different translators.

Works[edit]

Works would be defined as main and Translation: namespaces for the purpose of this guidance, and it would be expected that the disambiguation pages would occur in the main namespace, not in the Translation namespace.

  • Disambiguation pages are for listing works that share the same or very similar title. One shouldn't list works with distinct titles on a disambiguation page, even if they are versions of the same work, or commentary on the same subject. Similar titles are variations such as singular vs. plural or choice of initial preposition or article, e.g. A or The.
  • Versions pages are for listing different versions of essentially the same work, regardless of title or author. You shouldn't list completely distinct works on a versions page, even if they have the same title, or the same author, or the same subject, or even if they are analysis or commentary on the work for that the versions page.
  • Translation pages are a specific type of versions of a work that have a number of translations

Case study: Song of Songs is a book of the bible also known as Song of Solomon, Canticle and Canticle of Canticles.

The works of commentary Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Solomon, Song of and Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Canticle of Canticles are neither works with the same title, nor versions of the same work, so they should not be found together on a disambiguation page or a versions page. The only appropriate place to pull together all the various published commentary and analysis of Song of Songs, regardless of title, would be Portal:Song of Songs.

Authors[edit]

  • Disambiguation pages are for listing authors that share the same name. Where authors of the same name, the method of disambiguation is to use years of life with a hyphen separator, eg. John Smith (1522-1596)

Other namespaces[edit]

It would be unexpected for disambiguation pages to be required outside of the main and Author: namespaces.

It is possible that the same page name can be used in multiple namespaces without issue, and disambiguation is not required in this circumstance. However, we can only have one disambiguation page per name, so if we are requiring to disambiguate across namespaces then that should be undertaken in the main namespace (ns:0). An example of this would be two works of the same name "John Smith", and two authors of the same name "Author:John Smith (yyyy-yyyy)". If uncertain, please request help.

Wikidata[edit]

  • Disambiguation pages can have Wikidata entries, and should be paired with comparable disambiguation pages with the same name at Wikidata.

Implementing disambiguation and page moves[edit]

On work and author pages that are disambiguated, we ask that you utilise Template:Similar at the top of those pages to point back to the disambiguation page.

Where you need to disambiguate a title/name as a work/author/page that already exists with that name, then you should

  1. create your new work/page at a variation of the work name (see naming conventions);
  2. move the existing work/page to another variation (this will create a redirect, and update the Wikidata entry for the page);
  3. convert the new redirect (the root page) into the relevant type of disambiguation page listing the works;
  4. add {{similar|name of disambiguation page}} to work pages to point back to the disambiguation page.

Questions and further help[edit]

If uncertain about the guidance above, or you have questions, then please ask at Wikisource:Scriptorium.


See also[edit]