The {{shortcut}} template places a notice on pages that there is a shortcut available. This may make it easier for people to easily link to pages (especially in the Appropedia and Help namespaces).

It may be appropriate for a bot to update piped links from time to time, in order to provide clearer results in search engines, if someone is using a search engine to look for a page. However, this is less of an issue with pages in the Appropedia and Help namespaces

Format[edit | edit source]

Capital letters are preferred for shortcut names. This is so that links to policy and help pages stand out clearly in discussions, e.g. Appropedia:BOLD. All-uppercase shortcut names also distinguish them from ordinary page names, and make shortcuts more legible when the {{Shortcut}} template displays them in a small font. This reflects the standard usageW in Wikipedia's help and project namespaces.

Internals[edit | edit source]

A shortcut is a type of redirectW,W page. Its content is very simple, for example the Appropedia:BOLD shortcut contains:

#REDIRECT [[Appropedia:Be bold!]]

where {{R from shortcut}} is a template that adds the shortcut to the Category:Redirects from shortcuts category.

Prefixes[edit | edit source]

Shortcut prefixes resemble namespace prefixes, but they do not correspond to literal namespaces on Appropedia. All the shortcut pages are actually pages in the main (article) namespace.

Ideally, shortcut prefixes should reflect the namespaces that the linked-to pages are in:

A: Appropedia: (Project:)
H: Help:
CAT: or C: Category:
P: Portal:
U: User:
(none) shortcuts to articles

but some shortcuts on Appropedia do not follow this rule.

Note that "A:" is an alias - that is, it will automatically direct the link to the "Appropedia:" prefix. It is impossible (and unnecessary) to edit a page starting with "A:". For any page in this namespace (e.g. Appropedia:Portfolios) the "A:" prefix link will also work (Appropedia:Portfolios).

List of shortcuts[edit | edit source]

Shortcut Full name
Maintenance and request pages
Appropedia:ADMIN, Appropedia:Admin, Appropedia:admin, Appropedia:admins Appropedia:Administrators
Appropedia:BT Appropedia:Bot tasks
Appropedia:TD Appropedia:To do
Appropedia:M Appropedia:Maintenance
Appropedia:DEV Appropedia:Site development
Appropedia:AT, Appropedia:at Appropedia:Site development/archive (Admin tasks)
Appropedia:GT Appropedia:Gnome tasks
Policies and guidelines
Appropedia:BOLD Appropedia:Be bold!
Appropedia:Trau dich German version of Appropedia:Be bold!, not a shortcut, in article space
Appropedia:C Appropedia:Copyrights
Appropedia:NPOV, Appropedia:npov Appropedia:Neutral point of view
Appropedia:OC, Appropedia:ORIG, Appropedia:orig Appropedia:Original content
Appropedia:OR Appropedia:Original research
Appropedia:P, Appropedia:POL, Appropedia:RS Appropedia:Policies
Appropedia:RW, Appropedia:G Appropedia:Grundsätze
Appropedia:PERM Appropedia:Page permissions
Appropedia:W Appropedia:Encyclopedic material
Appropedia:DIFF, Appropedia:diff, Appropedia:wikipedia, Appropedia:wp Appropedia:Appropedia is different from Wikipedia
Appropedia:NOT, Appropedia:not Appropedia:What Appropedia is not
Appropedia:NRFC, Appropedia:nrfc Appropedia:No redirects for categories
Appropedia:RIGOR, Appropedia:rigor Appropedia:Rigor
Project pages
Appropedia:CP Appropedia:Community portal
Appropedia:CT Appropedia:Content types
Appropedia:HIC, Appropedia:hic Appropedia:High impact content
Appropedia:HIST Appropedia:A history of collaboration
Appropedia:LANG Appropedia:Languages
Appropedia:N Appropedia:Networking
Appropedia:PORT Appropedia:Porting
Appropedia:S Appropedia:Scratchpad
Appropedia:SC Appropedia:Shortcuts
Appropedia:SV, Appropedia:stable Appropedia:Stable versions
Appropedia:TW Appropedia:Transwikiing
Appropedia:UX Appropedia:User experience
Appropedia:NAME, Appropedia:name Appropedia:Name
Appropedia:PART, Appropedia:part, Appropedia:partners Appropedia:Partners
Appropedia:PROMO, Appropedia:promo Appropedia:Publicity
Help pages
Help:AIT Help:Add image tutorial
Help:CAT, Appropedia:CAT Help:Categories
Help:CREATE, Appropedia:CREATE Help:Creating a page
Help:MC Help:Monitoring changes
Help:SKIN, Appropedia:skin, Appropedia:skins, Help:skin, Help:skins Help:Skins
Help:SRD, Appropedia:SRD Help:Soft redirect
Help:U Help:Userboxes
Discussion pages
Appropedia:PD Appropedia talk:Appropedia policy discussion
Appropedia:VP Appropedia talk:Village pump
Appropedia:TQ Appropedia talk:Technical questions
, Appropedia:ASD, Appropedia:SD Category:Appropedia site development
User pages
User:TTASKS, User:TT User:Teratornis/Tasks
User:TTPORTING User:Teratornis/Template porting: theory and practice
IWM, iwm Interwiki map (should be a project page instead)
PDS Public Domain Search
WN, wn Wikis for sustainable development

Shortcuts in edit summaries[edit | edit source]

Shortcut links are useful in edit summaries, particularly when making formal edits. A formal edit is an edit which does not appreciably change the content of a page, but brings its form, layout, naming, etc. into better compliance with Appropedia's policies and guidelines. Edit summaries can contain wikilinks, but the limited space in an edit summary leaves little room for links to long page names. Linking to shortcuts saves space and is informative to other editors who may not be familiar with the policy or guideline that motivated an edit.

See also[edit | edit source]

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Authors Teratornis, Chris Watkins
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 40 pages link here
Aliases Appropedia:SC
Impact 911 page views
Created April 24, 2007 by Chris Watkins
Modified May 25, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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