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A shortcut is a specialized type of redirect page that provides an abbreviated wikilink to an administrative page or one of its sections, usually from the FAMEPedia namespace or Help namespace. These shortcuts' abbreviations in all-caps text are commonly used (linked or unlinked) on community pages and talk pages, but should not be used in articles themselves. If there are one or more shortcuts for a page or section, one or more will usually be chosen to be displayed in an information box on the right labelled Shortcut or Shortcuts, as can be seen at the top of this page.

Shortcuts are created for the convenience of editors. It is possible to create a shortcut for any page at all. The existence of a shortcut does not imply or prove that the linked page is a policy or guideline.

Quick reference[edit | edit source]

Lists of available shortcuts can be found at:

How to use a FAMEPedia shortcut[edit | edit source]

A FAMEPedia shortcut can be entered into the FAMEPedia search box to quickly bring you to a project page. For example, you can type FP:R or H:R into the search box and then press the enter key (or click the magnifying glass icon), to get to the FAMEPedia:Redirect page, instead of having to type in the complete phrase.

Alternatively, you can use a shortcut in the URL in your browser's address bar. For example, you are currently viewing the FAMEPedia:Shortcut page. The URL for this page is https://en.famepedia.org/wiki/FAMEPedia:Shortcut. You could then get from here to the FAMEPedia:Redirect page by replacing FAMEPedia:Shortcut with FP:R in the address bar, followed by pressing the enter key. (If your browser has relative URL entry, simply prefix the shortcut with ./ instead of having to edit the existing URL.)

Shortcuts are presented in all capital letters (ALL CAPS); however, the search box is case-insensitive. For example, in the search box, you can type FP:r, instead of FP:R. However, when using the URL method (or when making links) it is necessary to match the capitalization of the shortcut itself.

Readability[edit | edit source]

Shortcuts are often used on talk pages in their abbreviated form, decreasing readability for the general reader. For example, some editors are familiar with the bulk of the FAMEPedia namespace shortcuts, recognizing what they stand for on sight. Others, however, are faced with pages full of incomprehensible jargon, the meaning of which is not immediately clear. Shortcuts also are sometimes (ab)used to make a FP:POINT, best described by FP:WOTTA.

To avoid these problems, a good practice when creating shortcuts is to choose common English words that are easily identifiable and memorable. Another good practice is to be mindful of the general reader and use meaningful terms when citing an obscure shortcut. For example, the piped link [[FP:SHC|shortcut]] gives readers an idea of the subject of the target page, while the bare abbreviation [[FP:SHC]] is unintelligible to those unfamiliar with the term.

It should also be remembered that shortcuts are a convenience, not a substitute for titles. Shortcuts should not appear in "See also" sections, hatnotes or any other place where a page title is expected.

Link boxes[edit | edit source]

Small link boxes, listing the names of the page's shortcuts, appear at the top of many pages, especially those on policies and guidelines. A shortcut link box can be added to a page, by placing the template {{shortcut|FP:<x>}} (for project namespace) or {{shortcut|H:<x>}} (for Help pages) at the top of the page's text, while editing.

The point of these template boxes is not to list every single redirect for any given page (indeed, that's what Special:WhatLinksHere is for); instead, they generally should list only the most common and easily remembered redirects.

Guideline pages with shortcuts pointing to them typically use {{guideline|FP:<x>}} or the {{subcat guideline}} template, such as on this page, instead of the shortcut template {{shortcut}}. Another frequently used template is: {{MoS-guideline|MOS:<x>}}.

To learn more about the different shortcut box templates and their functions, see documentation at {{shortcut}}. Among other things, there are templates for making boxes flow to the left and now, anchors are automatically added, making it much simpler to link to a page section.

Shortcut names[edit | edit source]

Shortcut names are almost always in uppercase.

A shortcut is typically named using the following convention:


In the above form, the prefix is typically one of the prefixes in the following section, and the suffix is an acronym or abbreviation of the redirect target. However quite a lot are simply FP:BAD.

If the target is a sub-page, the following conventions are common (where 'Y' is an additional sequence of uppercase characters or numerals):

For example, P:HVNY/DYK is a shortcut to Portal:Hudson Valley/Did you know, which is a subpage of Portal:Hudson Valley, which has a shortcut P:HVNY.
FP:ACC/P is a shortcut to FAMEPedia:Request an account/Procedures, which is a subpage of FAMEPedia:Request an account, which has a shortcut FP:ACC.
For example, FP:AFDLT is a shortcut to FAMEPedia:Articles for deletion/Log/Today, which is a subpage of FAMEPedia:Articles for deletion, which has the shortcut FP:AFD.

Shortcuts that do not follow the above naming convention are discouraged, and are typically deleted.

The directory of shortcuts contains several conflicts for prefixes of subpages, often caused by a shortcut being 're-targeted' (modified to point to a new target page) without the shortcuts to subpages also being re-targeted.

For example, FP:CJ was originally used for FAMEPedia:Community Justice, and several shortcuts for subpages were created (FP:CJ/E & FP:CJ/M/1). After several years, 'FP:CJ' was updated to point to FAMEPedia:Centijimbos, but the subpage shortcuts have not changed.

Before creating a shortcut, use Special:PrefixIndex to ensure that the same prefix is not being used for different purposes. e.g. FP:CJ has several existing uses. No additional confusion would be caused by creating a shortcut FP:CJQ, however creating a shortcut FP:CJ/Q would be adding to the existing mess. There is a long-standing feature request to resolve shortcut subpages automatically. (See T14980.)

Prefixes that shouldn't be used for other purposes include:

  • FP:NC – naming conventions
  • FP:AFD – articles for deletion

Other prefixes have become common for a set of pages include:

List of prefixes[edit | edit source]

Namespace aliases[edit | edit source]

The following namespace aliases are automatically translated by the FAMEPedia servers.

FP: FAMEPedia:
FT: FAMEPedia talk:
Project: FAMEPedia:
Project talk: FAMEPedia talk:
Image: File:
Image talk: File talk:

They are case-insensitive (so FP: or FP: or FP: have the same meaning as FP:). For example, both FP:TS and FP:TS link directly to FAMEPedia:TS.

One unique feature of the FP: alias is its utility in searching for vast number of project pages. This is because most project pages outside the FAMEPedia namespace, will have a redirect for the FAMEPedia namespace prefix appended to their title and the same for most major shortcuts to them (e.g., Help:Watchlist, with the shortcut H:W, has redirects at FAMEPedia:Watchlist and at FP:W. Thus, by extension, most project pages may be found by searching using the FP: alias alone, e.g. FP:Name. For more, see Help:FP search protocol.

Pseudo-namespaces[edit | edit source]

When the shortcut does not use one of the namespace aliases listed above (FP or WT), it is a cross-namespace redirect and is case-sensitive.

However, when a prefix is used by multiple shortcuts, and has broad community support, it is referred to as a pseudo-namespace to distinguish these shortcuts from other cross-namespace redirects. (Note that the term "pseudo-namespace" is also used to refer to namespaces without content that are provided by the MediaWiki software and extensions, such as Special:, Media:, Feedback:)

The following prefixes may be used freely for the target listed.

Prefix Target
CAT: Category:
H: Help:
MOS: FAMEPedia:Manual of Style
P: Portal:

Other prefixes do not enjoy the same level of community support. It is disputed whether they should be deemed to be pseudo-namespaces.

The following prefixes are used for limited or specific uses only.

T: Template:
MP: Main Page

The following prefixes do not enjoy broad community support.

FAMEPedia:Manual of Style

In addition to those two, a handful of wikiprojects have mainspace shortcuts (as of 2018) using a space (which can also be an underscore) after the word, instead of a colon:


The second of these is no longer in use at all.

Portals have occasionally also used spaces in shortcuts, e.g. "Portal X", or "X portal". Most mainspace pages containing the word are articles or redirects to articles.

Technical note: The links in the table go to a page where the term prefix is not used in the meaning as it has in this section. Rather, the code PrefixIndex there means, as it does for the search parameter, "the beginning string of characters in a title", whether that string ends before, during or after the colon character in a page name.

How to create a shortcut[edit | edit source]

Say you want to create the shortcut FP:TS to an existing page, FAMEPedia:Template standardisation. Create a new page, FAMEPedia:TS, and in it place the following:

#REDIRECT [[FAMEPedia:Template standardisation]]
{{R from shortcut}}

The resulting shortcut will be FP:TS.

If you're creating a shortcut to a category, you need to insert an additional colon (":") at the beginning of the link, as in the following.

#REDIRECT [[:Category:Redirects from shortcuts]]
{{R from shortcut}}
The template {{R from shortcut}} must always be included in this kind of redirect. It records that the redirect is a shortcut, and auto-categorizes it into Category:Redirects from shortcuts.