Wikivoyage:How to rename a page

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Sometimes it's necessary to rename a page in Wikivoyage. Maybe the page title has a spelling error; maybe it doesn't conform to the article naming conventions; maybe it was accidentally created in the wrong namespace. In any case, this is how you rename (or "move") a page. In most cases, you should first ask about the renaming on the article's talk page.

Note that only registered accounts that have been active for 30 days or longer have permission to rename pages – if you have not registered an account or your account is less than 30 days old, please ask someone to rename the page. Likewise, in some cases only administrators can do the renaming. In that case, ask an administrator on their talk page (see a list of administrators). Alternatively, you can notify the community in the Travellers' pub.

  1. Go to the page as it exists right now.
  2. Use the article's talk page to discuss why the page should be renamed. A lot of talk pages are not well trafficked: If no one responds (or only a few people do), you may want to invite editors to contribute to the discussion at Wikivoyage:Requests for comment.
  3. If there is no objection to the move, click the Move this page link (this link will not appear if you are an unregistered user or have been registered for less than 30 days).
  4. In the form provided, give the title of the new page, without the square brackets ("[[]]").
  5. Unless there's a real good reason, leave the Move "talk" page checkbox checked.
  6. Hit the Move page button.

The old name of the page will be kept as a "redirect" page. Any links to the old name will automatically be "redirected" to the new name. However, it's best to go update existing pages that link to the old name, and replace the links with the new name.

  • Go to the new page, and click the What links here button. This will show you all the other articles in Wikivoyage that link to this page. The old name of the page will be shown as a "redirect page", and links to the old name of the page will be shown underneath it.
  • Go to all the pages that link to the old name, and update the links so they point to the new name. Some of them might be redirects to the old name, for those, check also links to them.

Admin assistance[edit]

If the target page already exists and is not a history-less redirect to the current page, then an administrator is needed to delete the target page. The administrator should check that there is nothing in the history worth to be kept.

In particular, sometimes a page has been moved from the target name to the current name by cutting and pasting the content and then making the old page a redirect. In such cases the old history should be resurrected after the move.

Other cases may be more complicated. If the article existed simultaneously under both names, just joining the page histories can result in a confusing history, from which it is very hard to see what was written by whom. In some cases, the old history should be moved away to a new name to allow for the intended move without the history being deleted. There is no established practice for that on Wikivoyage, as of 2023.

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