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Just a question about disambig pages: the name Graves refers to at least two characters. Because of what it says in the Manual of Style, we can't make a disambig page for "Graves" because they both have last names. So, typing in Graves takes the user directly to Kevin Graves. What rules do we follow to decide which of the two characters gets the redirect when this situation arises? It seems pretty arbitrary. It also stinks for the guy who's trying to look up Agent Graves (and doesn't have the cards for the first name "D.J."), no? – Blue Rook 01:35, 21 October 2007 (UTC)talkcontribs

I don't speak for Proudhug, but as an admin, I think that there are two possible solutions. Either we disambiguate Graves, we isn't horrible, but not particularly preferable, or we fix all of the redirects to Graves and then delete that redirect. I'm sure Proudhug can decide which is best, but it's not an issue you should worry about too much. Xtreme680 07:20, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
God I'm an idiot, you're an admin as well. That's what happens when you've been gone as long as I have. I honestly think that we should just fix all the pages which might link to Graves and then delete that redirect, but I'm not as familiar with our policies as I used to be. I think we can just assume no one will ever search for Graves. Proudhug? Xtreme680 07:31, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

For situations like this, I usually defer to what Memory Alpha does, but in the case of disambiguation, I've never liked having pages with the tag "(disamgibuation)" in the title. The only one I couldn't figure out how to avoid was Agent (disambiguation). I figured it would be silly to have "Agent" be a disambiguation page and the article on agents be found at something like "Agent (title)" or whatever. So perhaps, MA is smarter than us and we should follow their example. As it stands, we have lots of disambiguation pages that don't follow our rules as their written. For example, Paul is a dismabiguation page, yet there's only one character named just "Paul" (Paul (Day 1)). According to the current Manual of Style, there should be no disambiguation page, and Paul (Day 1)'s pages should be moved to "Paul." I'm up for ideas on how to improve or change our MoS's rules on disambiguation, but as it stands, for the case of Graves, I'd say make "Graves" a disambiguation page. --Proudhug 23:40, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Okay sounds like a plan; I put Graves as a disambig. Also, lol Xtreme no problem.
With reference to the current MoS disambig policy, I always took issue with the Bob example rule. I don't see that current detailing to be terribly efficient, and I'm down for a change toward Proudhug's "Paul" example, where disambigs are used whenever possible.
I see it like this: it should never be the case that a character with one name ("Jim", "Sara", you name it) gets their article title with that name alone, without a disambig tag... when someone else simultaneously has that name as well (that is, there is also a "Jim Ascot", "Sara McGee", etc.). This means we should always create disambig pages whenever possible, which is at odds with the current policy on paper where you have to put this line of text at the top of the Single-Named character page.
My proposal also avoids any need for the cumbersome (disambiguation) to be typed in any article title as well. So far as I can tell, it doesn't require very many retroactive fixes, either, but will serve as a guideline for future disambigs. – Blue Rook 08:09, 22 October 2007 (UTC)talkcontribs

See, I'm of the exact opposite thought. I think disambig tags should be avoided whenever possible. The way I look at it, the goal is to simplify things as much as possible, while still maintaining clarity. Do we really want articles to have as many articles as possible, and as long article titles as possible, merely to keep things crystal clear? If we can just have a "Bob" and a "Bob Smith" or a "Bob," a "Bob Smith" and a "Bob Jones" as opposed to adding in a "Bob (Day 9)" and/or a "Bob (disambiguation)," shouldn't we aim for that?

A parallel argument would be for a non-character article such as "Placerita Canyon" and "Placerita Canyon Road." According to your proposal, the former should be a disambiguation page and we should create another page with a disambig tag for the actual canyon itself. This seems unnecessarily convoluted to me. Not to mention, it's annoying having to add disambiguation tags when typing wikilinks when it's possible to avoid them.

I say we only use disambiguation when it's unavoidable and when not doing it would realistically confuse a site user. --Proudhug 22:02, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

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