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Dabfix helps you build and maintain disambiguation pages faster—typically completing 1 hour of work in under ten minutes. Using keyword matching to find articles, both existing (blue links) and non-existing (red links), and attempts to add descriptions, lifespans, and release years. It displays all the information collected in the edit window, where you can rephrase and copy and paste to the main list. Don't want to work? Hit the first button to remove automatically generated (don't worry it wont remove what you've edited) and then the second button to remove all the generated links.

Remember this tool is only designed to make easier for you to edit—Not to do the editing for you. Familiarize yourself Dos and Don'ts below, the Manual of Style, and other wiki principles.


  • Blue link suggestions including many anthroponymy patterns
  • Red link suggestions including missing articles and Wikidata items
  • Automatic management of Wiktionary links (slightly dumb, until Wikidata comes)
  • Automatic italize and quote formatting for books, films, music, and television episodes
  • Automatic date of birth, date of death, and release date insertion
  • Automatic intelligent redirect bypassing
  • Syntax highlighting using WikEd
  • Description Start, cut down looking each link's introduction with it there in black on yellow
  • Built in Manual of Style checker to help guide
  • Converts redirects into disambiguation page
  • …and many Manual of Style fixes


Missing entries Random Foo (song) need to be added to Foo (disambiguation)
Add DoD Random Year of death needs to be added.
Fix Wiktionary sisterbox Random Links to non-existent Wiktionary entries. Dabfix may find valid links to add.
Remove orphaned redlinks Random Red links with no incoming links. The link may have been added by an IP vandal, copied from translation, or deleted.
Remove __NOTOC__ from disambigs Random
Italic human name Human name using {{italic title}}
Missing {{disambig}} Pages marked as disambiguation, but missing the required templates
Redirects—{{disambig}} Redirects marked as disambiguation pages. These are all invalid.
Tiny disambiguation
Long short pages Disambiguation pages, given name and surname articles which no longer need {{long comment}}
MoS cleanup Random, Stats Eighteen Manual of Style issues inspired by Josh Parris's MOS:DAB Bot proposal. Also for Simple Wikipedia
Wrong redirect Redirects ending in (disambiguation) not pointing to the correct disambiguation page

Example edits

Quick guide to disambigs

Disambiguation pages are not articles – they are navigation aids!
Put the target link at the start of each entry. Red x.svg Don't pipe links, unless formatting requires it.
Keep descriptions short. Red x.svg Don't include multiple blue links in an entry.
Organize long lists in sections, with "other uses" last. Red x.svg Don't include entries without a blue link.
List the primary topic first, if one exists. Red x.svg Don't include red links that aren't used elsewhere.
Link to {{Wiktionary}}, if useful. Red x.svg Don't include every article containing the title.
Fix incoming links to point to the intended page. Red x.svg Don't include dictionary definitions.
Tag pages needing work with {{disambiguation cleanup}} Red x.svg Don't include references or external links.
From Wikipedia:Disambiguation dos and don'ts


Code Description MoS Pages Autofix
1 O More than one red link on a line MOS:DABRL 861 0.30% No
2 N Red link with no blue link MOS:DABRL 26,478 9.15% No
3 M Multiple blues link on a line MOS:DABENTRY 37,430 12.93% Yes
6 P Punctuation on line MOS:DABENTRY 22,423 7.75% Yes
7 L No bullet lists MOS:DABENTRY 206 0.07% #*
9 C Non-capitalized entry MOS:DABENTRY 1,282 0.44% Yes
10 B Bold text on line MOS:DABENTRY 1,508 0.52% Yes
11 F Less than two blue links on the page WP:TWODAB 3,733 1.29% Suggestions
12 E External link MOS:DABEXT 674 0.23% No
13 R <ref> tag MOS:DABENTRY 730 0.25% No
14 S Unpiped #section on line MOS:DABSECTION 1,632 0.56% Usually
- T Link is piped to hide (subject) suffix MOS:DABPIPE 18,344 6.34% Usually
- X Excessively long line MOS:DABENTRY 1,337 0.46% No
- H Long unbroken list (30+ item) 591 0.20% No
- U No link on line MOS:DABENTRY 5,717 1.98% Re-links