Wikipedia:Disambiguation dos and don'ts

Disambiguation pages are not encyclopedia articles – they are navigation aids!
Users arrive at these pages with a specific article in mind. So when you edit these pages:
Green check.png Put the target link at the start of each entry.1
Green check.pngKeep descriptions short.
Green check.pngSort entries; if sectioning, put "Other uses" last.
Green check.png Put the primary topic at the top, if one exists.
Green check.png Use {{Wiktionary}} for dictionary definitions.3
Green check.pngFix incoming links to point to the intended page.
Green check.pngTag pages that need work with {{dab cleanup}}.
Red x.svgDon't include entries without a blue link.
Red x.svgDon'tpipe links unless formatting requires it.
Red x.svgDon't include red links unless used in articles.2
Red x.svgDon't include multiple blue links within an entry.
Red x.svgDon't include dictionary definitions as entries.3
Red x.svgDon't include every article containing the title.
Red x.svgDon't include references or external links.


Do consider joining WikiProject Disambiguation.
1.^ Unless the target article is not the ambiguous item itself.
2.^ To see if a red link is used in existing articles, click the red link, then click "What links here" in the toolbox on the left. An entry with a redlink must also include a blue link that mentions the ambiguous term.
3.^ Put the wiktionary template at the top of the page to provide a link to dictionary definitions.

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