Soft redirect

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A soft redirect or interwiki redirect is a replacement of usual or "hard" redirects when the destination is another site. Unlike normal redirects, there is nothing special for soft redirects as wiki pages. It's only that soft redirects are very short pages of which all information is the notification to readers, showing the destination in another site to obtain the information they were seeking.

The technique is particularly likely to be used when redirecting users across different Wikimedia projects. Normal redirects would be undesirable in these circumstances, and hard interwiki redirects are disabled. (Reasons: they could not be easily edited without hand-crafting the correct URL; clicking on a link to the redirect page would take you straight to the redirect's target and there would be no "Redirected from ..." message to click, so it would be impossible to return to the redirect page itself; there would also be infinite loop security considerations.)

A soft redirect can also be useful if one wants to link to it from its target, as an invitation to create a page, like a red link. Just as a red link looks different from an ordinary link, a link to a soft redirect can look different using the stub link feature. See also Redirect and/or link to non-existing page.

Soft redirects between different languages should be avoided because they will generally be unhelpful to readers unfamiliar with the destination language.

Category soft redirects[edit]

In some projects such as English Wikipedia, a notion similar to the original interwiki soft redirect is applied to categories, and they are also called "soft redirects." See for example w:en:Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion#Redirecting_categories.

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