The Naming of Names

The Naming of Names is important, since we want all references to a person or place or thing to go to that P/P/T's page. For that reason we have a simple set of rules for links:

  1. Pages will be under the most commonly used form of a name, and where two versions are comparably commonly used, we will use the less ambiguous version. Examples:
          1. "Walt Willis", not "Willis" or "Walter A. Willis" (less ambiguous, but also much less used) or "WAW"
          2. "E. E. Smith", not "Doc Smith" or "Edward Elmer Smith, PhD"
          3. "LASFS", not "Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society"
  2. When multiple forms of a name exist, add redirects from the lesser-used forms to the main page.
          1. Use redirects only where the form being redirected is reasonably unique. So, we would not redirect "Walt" to "Walt Willis" because there are other Walts in Fancy. But we would redirect "Willis".
A redirect makes a page just a pointer to another page. If we've written up a page named "E. E. Smith", we also want references to "Doc Smith" to point there. We do this by creating a "Doc Smith" page and redirecting it to the "E. E. Smith" page.

A redirect is done by putting the line
[[module Redirect destination="E. E. Smith"]]
on the page.

(Feel free to ignore this — the editors will be scurrying around behind the scenes adding redirects as necessary.)
  1. When using initials, use periods and put spaces between them. (Punctuation, however, is ignored by Wikidot in page names.) So "E. E. Smith", not "EE Smith".
  2. When you are dealing with an ambiguous reference, create a link using an unambiguous form. So of the reference was "When Walt got back to Belfast," you would link it as "When [[[Walt Willis|Walt]]] got back to Belfast,".