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Search results are more effective[edit]

Out of the 474 current Disambiguation articles, is the plan to delete any and all where "Search results are more effective" as was done with both [[Rain]] and [[Lightning]]? ~ 1Maven (talk) 18:21, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Those examples were generic terms that would very rarely ever be confused with each other. Which pages do you feel are similar cases to those?
Most of the disambiguation pages follow these patterns:
  • Fire includes skills that are named Fire. Not every page with "fire" in the name, like Fire Shield or Ring of Fire, should be included.
  • Core includes the rare materials that follow the same naming patterns. Imperator's Core isn't likely to be the target page.
  • DE lists the only relevant abbreviations for the letters. Including Drake Egg would be excessive and just adds clutter. Mora 18:40, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
That definition seems to me vague and subjective. Please clarify using Ashford, Aquatic or Ambrite. ~ 1Maven (talk) 20:13, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
There are two main considerations with a disambiguation page**:
  1. Will it be more useful than Special:Search?
    • Rain and Lightning were less useful because at least with search, you get a small excerpt of text from the article.
    • Ambrite is more useful because it clearly states the difference between the different pages.
  2. Is there one prominent page that should be redirected to instead? (All pages get a {{otheruses}} hatnote so readers can still find the others.)
    • Ashford should probably be redirected to the zone because that's by far the most likely intent of readers these days. The NPC was only prominent for a couple LW episodes two years ago.
    • Aquatic should be kept as disambiguation because there's no clear "winner" as for which segment of underwater info the user intended to find.
** When it's not for identically-named pages, anyway; that case requires different considerations.
Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 20:30, 15 June 2015 (UTC)