Re: Disambiguation pages
Bryan Derksen wrote:
> To play devil's advocate, I think a case can be made that disambiguation
> pages make spontaneous linking much easier. For example, a contributor
> working on an article about Klez or Ebola could link to [[virus]] without
> having to even realize that there _are_ two alternate uses for the term,
> let alone knowing what specific names they're under; the "virus" link will
> show up as valid, and anyone following it will presumably be able to figure
> out which type of virus was being referred to and move on to the full-scale
> article from there.
Here's a cute idea.
Suppose the virus page is a pure disambiguation page. It links to
[[biological virus]] and [[computer virus]]. Suppose further that
there is a true/false flag in the database which can be turned on to
indicate that this is a disambiguation page.
Whenever someone saves a page with a link to [[virus]], the system
notices that [[virus]] is a pure disambiguation page, because someone
set that flag. Then the author is given a chance to select which of
the pages that is really intended: [[virus]], [[biological virus]],
If someone really wants to link to the disamb. page, then they can. Else,
they are given alternatives.
The text of the article would not be changed, just the link. [[virus|biological virus]]