A redirect is a code that forwards a searched term or phrase to the official page. For example, searching for "Kiyotaka" would lead you directly to Kiyotaka Ayanokōji's article. When used correctly, they can be handy and useful additions to the wiki.
In order to make the most efficient use out of redirects, here are some handy tips you should follow.
- Redirects are intended to be useful and usable. That means that other users will actually use the redirects and they will end up at the article they intended to find.
- Before adding a redirect, consider whether anyone will ever use it. For example, is it likely that someone will want to search for Kushida in order to find Kikyō Kushida, the shorter last name of her name and the title of the article? If so, feel free to add it.
- However, if you cannot feasibly imagine anyone ever searching for that term, then don't add a needless redirect. An example of this would be a chapter title in kanji redirecting to the chapter's article. It isn't really likely that anyone will hunt down the kanji for the chapter's title in order to search for the chapter. This would be a useless redirect and should not be made.
- Redirects are specific. Redirects use official words and phrases, as well as common variants on frequently-used phrases. This ensures that when someone searches for that term, they find exactly the article they were looking for.
- This means that misspellings of words that you "think" people might make isn't a good enough of a reason to make a redirect.
- The use of official words and phrases is important. While many terms have secondary English and Japanese names, most users know one of them right off the top of their head. For example, avid fans who watch anime broadcast think the school name where the series takes place is "Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School", but its official name from light novel is "Advanced Nurturing High School". A redirect from anime-only term should be useful there.
- Finally, this means that the phrases and words you chose to redirect should be specific enough that if someone typed them in, they'd find exactly what they wanted to. Using ambiguous words or phrases that could refer to several articles, or no article at all, should not be used as a redirect. For example, someone types "Horikita" in order to search for either "Suzune Horikita" or "Manabu Horikita"; therefore, "Horikita" shouldn't be a redirect to either of them.
- To be clear: If the redirect is not likely to be used or if it is not clear that the redirect will forward people to the article they intended to find, do not add it!