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Help:Correcting bad titles

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Pages created with a forbidden character cannot be easily moved or deleted. See Help:Page naming.

An admin can do this using the following instructions.

Server side solutions are given here: http://web.archive.org/web/20120112150328/http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Short_URL/Ampersand_solution - valuable if there are many pages.

Solution for admins without server access (tested for "&", presumably works with other forbidden characters):

  • Export the page(s) with Special:Export - this will work in spite of the "&". Save as xml file.
  • Open the xml file in a text editor.
  • Look for the <title> tag
  • Edit the title, removing or replacing all forbidden characters, e.g. "&" with "and". Save the file.
  • Import with Special:Import. View the page to confirm that it has been imported successfully.
  • Delete the original page with the bad title. This is tricky: