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The MoS policy concerning disambiguations was established at: Forum:Manual of Style disambiguation changes proposal and recently implemented. I'd like to propose two exceptions to the parenthetical tagging component of the policy. Although exceptions are rarely popular, and the slippery slope is abhorred by all, I believe that these two proposals are very logical and will be received as acceptable, since the grounds for making these exceptions are very strict and not likely to spawn more requests for exception down the line.

  1. Max > Max (Day 2)
Rather annoyingly, a character named Max was mentioned by Audrey in Day 4. The link for this character is Max (Day 4). Given this, we are technically supposed to give the much more famous Max from Day 2 the article title Max (Day 2), and then, "Max" is supposed to redirect to a disambiguation page. I believe this is an obvious case for an exception. All this means is that "Max" will remain the title for the Day 2 character. This will be reflected on the disambiguation page, which hasn't been created yet.
  1. Kiefer Sutherland > Kiefer Sutherland (actor)
Because Keifer was mentioned IU in one of the 24 novels, technically there should be a page labeled Kiefer Sutherland (actor) and a separate one labeled Kiefer Sutherland (character). To do this would be a colossal disruption for all the episode guides, unsightly for Kiefer's actor page, and also unnecessarily inflexible. This will be reflected on the disambiguation page, which like the Max disambig, hasn't been created yet.

These and the possible, rare future exceptions will be tightly controlled, and I believe all of them should be listed clearly on the policy page to obviate confusion. Thoughts? Blue Rook  talk  contribs 23:40, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

I agree with KS definitely requiring an exception, but I don't think Max is that major of a character to warrent special treatment. And anyway, since he also appeared in The Game, his disambiguation tag shouldn't be "(Day 2)." --Proudhug 13:23, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
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