DrumCorpsWiki:Naming conventions

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Naming conventions is a list of guidelines on how to appropriately create and name pages.

It is important to note that these are conventions, not rules written in stone. As DrumCorpsWiki grows and changes, some conventions that once made sense may become outdated, and there may be cases where a particular convention is "obviously" inappropriate. But when in doubt, follow convention.

Generally, article naming should give priority to what the majority of English speakers would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature.

Another way to summarize the overall principle of DrumCorpsWiki's naming conventions:

Names of DrumCorpsWiki articles should be optimized for readers over editors; and for a general audience over specialists.

In addition to following the naming conventions it is also important to follow the linking conventions. Following consistent conventions in both naming and linking makes it more likely that links will lead to the right place. A redirect should be created for articles that may reasonably be found under two or more names (such as different spellings or former names). Conversely, a term that may be used to describe several different search terms may require a disambiguation page.

Special characters

Some special characters either cannot be used or may cause problems. For example you should not use a piping character (|), curly braces ({}), or square brackets ([]) in a name.

For foreign names with accent marks, see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (use English).

For use of hyphens, dashes and hair spaces in page names, see Wikipedia:Manual of Style (dashes).


It has been noted that titles with the '&' sign included in them can sometimes be problematic. Try to use the the word 'and' instead of '&' when making an article title name. See the example: Marching & Performing Arts United Kingdom. (The 'real' article can be found at Marching and Performing Arts United Kingdom.)


Care should be taken that the proper vertical typewriter form of apostrophe is used in the article title. If the non-standard form found in punctuation is used, the page link will not function.

See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (technical restrictions).

Similarly Named Drum Corps

Over the years many drum corps have adopted many names and in some cases these names are quite similar or even identical. To avoid confusion DrumCorpsWiki's convention is to include part of the corps' placename in the article name in order to make things clear. An example is Kingsmen, Anaheim. Many corps have gone by the name Kingsmen and a more specific page name is required to make things clear. In this case, disambiguation page had been set up at Kingsmen to allow incorrect links to lead to the correct page.

Already Existing Pages

In the case of corps articles that have taken up the common name of several corps, this article will be moved to a more precisely named page as above and the original page set up as a disambiguation page afterwards. In these cases, the 'move' function should be used to avoid losing content.

External Links

Wikipedia:Naming_conventions a good guide.