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The following is taken from Template talk:Mard

The pages that use (Template:Mard), as well as the "broken redirects" on here, all redirect to Memory Alpha articles. However, when viewing the page, the redirect does not occur and the visitor must click the link.

I would suggest that these redirects be replaced with the Template:Ma in any instance they are linked to in an article, rather than have a redirect that does not work the way it should. --Trip Endres 01:50, September 17, 2010 (UTC)

I thought I'd move just that part here as this concerns all external redirects and not just the ones that use the Mard template.

In regards to the specific suggestion above I'm against it. Having to click twice to get to the page is a minor annoyance, but it at least keeps links from articles all pointing towards the same spot, which makes it easier to maintain (repair links, etc). It also makes it explicitly clear that you are moving off this wiki to another site. These reasons are pretty much why a redirect has been preferred over an in-article direct link.

However, the biggest reason I'm against the suggestion is that it does nothing to fix the what I see as the true issue concerning external redirects - they discourage article creation by hiding red-links. I think STEU would be better served if we just delete all external redirects. – JayLR 08:00, September 17, 2010 (UTC)

I agree with Jrofeta, and never really liked the external redirects anyway. If you wanted to link to an MA or MB article you could just link to it on the page using the appropriate templates anyway, rather than creating another page. --The Doctor 08:56, September 17, 2010 (UTC)
Even then I'd say that these links should be only be for linking to real-world articles on MA or MB and not used for in-universe stuff. – JayLR 05:33, September 18, 2010 (UTC)
Agreed. --The Doctor 12:20, September 18, 2010 (UTC)

Anyone else want to weigh in, for or against? If no one is against it I'd like to move forward on getting rid of redirects at the start of next month. – JayLR 08:54, September 24, 2010 (UTC)

Starting to remove redirects[]

Okay, I'm going to start removing redirects over the weekend. Obviously I'd appreciate it if people refrain from creating new redirects during that time. – JayLR 07:11, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

I should have also added that after I'd done with the redirects I'm going to go through the use of {{ma}} and {{mb}} (maybe even {{w}}) to restrict their usage to linking to real-world articles only. Once all this is done after Wikia goes through and updates itself I'm hoping to have a better idea of what pages are needed and I'll update the box in Recent changes to properly reflect the most "needed" articles on STEU. – JayLR 07:54, October 2, 2010 (UTC)