Wikipedia:Disambiguation dos and don'ts

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Disambiguation pages are not articles – they are navigation aids!
Users arrive at these pages with a specific article in mind. So when you edit these pages:
DO:
Green check.png Put the target link at the start of each entry.1
Green check.png Keep descriptions short.
Green check.png Sort 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.
Green check.png Fix incoming links to point to the intended page.
Green check.png Tag pages needing work with {{dab cleanup}}.
DON'T:
Red x.svg Don't pipe links unless formatting requires it.
Red x.svg Don't include entries without a blue link.
Red x.svg Don't include red links unless used in articles.2
Red x.svg Don't include multiple blue links within an entry.
Red x.svg Don't include every article containing the title.
Red x.svg Don't include dictionary definitions.
Red x.svg Don't include references or external links.

Also:

Do consider joining WikiProject Disambiguation.
1.^ Applies when the target article title is the term being disambiguated.
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 term being disambiguated.

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