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This thread was archived on 23 August 2009 by Azaz129.

Essentially I'm tired of typing in not quite the right url in and getting the 'this page doesn't exist thing' What I'd like to propose is a bot that makes it so if you type in any of the following:

You get redirected to your obviously intended destination http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/Free-to-play_Runecrafting_training

It wouldn't do this if there were two pages with names as similar as the links above, but would take you to a disambiguation page...

I suppose the bot would run continuously for whenever new pages are made, as well as once to do a go over of the site.

--Serenity1137 14:59, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

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Support as nominator -Serenity1137 14:59, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

I think it's impossible, maybe he would know better.--Santa hat.png Powers38 おはようヾ(´・ω・`) 15:01, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Comment - It's possible, but would the community accept the large number of redirects this would probably create? --Quarenon  Talk 16:39, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Comment I don't see how they would be much of a problem, I'd consider it bad form to make pages that similar in name anyway (unless there is some other reason for not having the redirects I'm not seeing) --Serenity1137 16:59, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Comment - Not necessary.

Just key in the words into the search box. Wikia has an in-built "mechanism" to detect capitalisation, and redirects to the page automatically.

In Firefox, you could add RuneScape Wiki into the "Search Engine" list. See this page for more info. I believe there is a similar tool in Internet Explorer as well. I rarely type in the full URL into the address bar, since it is easier to use the search engine.

In the example above, by searching "Free-to-play_RUnecrafting_training", the user is redirected to the correct page automatically.   az talk   21:40, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Google Chrome also automatically installs the Wiki as a search engine after you use the website for a while. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 09:05, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
hmm, I know this is gonna sound like its my problem not the wikis, but I like to leave my search bar as google, and also if going from a subpage to the main page, its often quicker to just delete the subpages name. If this bot would drain on the wiki either through bandwidth usage or if it would take massive effort to create it then I'll withdraw the proposal, but I think it would make the wiki a more user friendly site--Serenity1137 10:09, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
Actually, in a subpage, there is a link (located under the page title, and "From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape") that takes you to the parent page.   az talk   22:49, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per az. Search handles capitalization issues, and other typos are probably best handled on a case-by-case basis. --Quarenon  Talk 00:13, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Az and the bot creating master. Runecrafting.gif Mo 55 55 Talk|Sign 08:05, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Oppose - Per all. This would also be an maintenance nightmare, imagine DoubleRedirects and BrokenRedirects. - TehKittyCatTalk Wikian-Book 11:13, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Comment The problem here is the wikipedia:combinatorial explosion, for a 20 letter title there are over a million combinations of casing, for a 31 letter title like the example, over 2 billion. This is best left to the wiki software. However there is a case for semi-automatically generating smaller sets of redirects on tha besis that "redirects are cheap" - for example FTP Runecrafting training etc. Rich Farmbrough, 13:45 3 August 2009 (GMT).

Oppose - Per all. If this happens, with all those redirects it will surley be lag armageddon! — Enigma 07:16, 6 August 2009 (UTC)