Appropedia:No redirects for categories

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This is a proposed Appropedia guideline. You can edit it, or discuss it on the talk page or at the Appropedia policy discussion page.
For now, this should be considered an essay by one or more Appropedians, and not as a policy or guideline.

Note: This is under discussion at Help talk:Moving a page #How long to keep a category redirect - please comment there. This "no redirects" policy has been in practice though not a formal policy, but may need to be changed. --Chriswaterguy 04:22, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Category pages are never used as (long term) redirects.

This is because:

  • if an editor adds a category tag and chooses the name of a redirect, it will look like they've got the right category, but they haven't (because the category will not show up as a redlink).

The only circumstances where a category redirect may be permissible are:

  • where a link has been posted to elsewhere to the old name of a category. In this case the other site should be politely requested to change the link.
  • for a short period of time after moving a category.

This is why you should always post links to redirect pages, not directly to a category. (See Appropedia:Spreading the word#Important notes when notifying anyone about Appropedia pages)