FamilySearch Wiki talk:Spelling in the English-language Wiki

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There could be several parts to the spelling issue, even in something as apparently simple as the English language version of the Wiki. For example, many of the Indian tribes have had several names, historically. And some have several names even today. So, if we put a page in for the common name for a tribe, but someone searches under another variant spelling or different name for that tribe, they likely will not find the page being sought. Does that mean we will have to created a page for each possible spelling or name for that tribe, with either re-directs or links to the "standardized" spelling? And who will determine what that standardized spelling is? We can handle the changes in names of agencies, reservations, etc., since they are not as numerous, but some tribes have as many as 25-30 different names. There are over 600 federally recognized tribes today. And there are many more not federally-recognized.

We have a similar problem with the names of communities, churches, etc. Names have changed over the years. How do we handle the name changes of localities over many years, ghost towns, farming communities, etc. A page for each with cross-links? Jbparker 23:05, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

I would suggest that the solution is to create a simple redirect for each variant to an article using the common name. --Steve 00:10, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
I would tend to agree, Steve. I just wanted the technical people for the Wiki to realize that, just for the Indian pages, that will mean thousands of re-directs. Do you see any problems that may cause? Jbparker 07:20, 17 October 2009 (UTC)