Help talk:Editing

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Hypertext metaphor

How can we find out what - if anything - links to a specific heading in the article? These links (e.g. [1] will be broken when we edit the heading. If many articles link to the one I'm editing, going through them all is not feasible. Should I run a search for (going back to the example) "detailed_usage_example" and "detailed usage example" or are there any other ways to do it? -- Karol (talk) 20:48, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

It seems your link is already broken :). One strategy I try to use to avoid this sort of issue is to link to redirects instead of directly to the section headings. Then you can limit “What links here” to just redirects and the list is a bit more manageable. For example at the redirect Udisks points at Udev#Udisks. But this strategy would only really be appropriate for high profile sections that deserve a redirect. Of course the other thing is to try and put a bit of context in when making a link so that it is still useful even if it gets broken. Vadmium (talk) 01:34, 24 October 2012 (UTC).
Just some quick references: MetaWikiPedia:Help:What_links_here#Limitations and workarounds, MetaWikiPedia:Help:What_links_here#Finding external links to a page, Wikipedia:Help:What_links_here#Limitations, Wikipedia:Help:What_links_here#Finding_external_links_to_a_page. -- Kynikos (talk) 10:38, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Talk page redirects

Should I just remove the old discussions and add redirects to respective talk pages e.g. Arch Linux April Jokes? -- Karol (talk) 18:59, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Yes please, that's all obsolete content. -- Kynikos (talk) 11:41, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Is there a way to find orphaned talk pages? -- Karol (talk) 18:59, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

By which you mean talk pages associated to a redirect or deleted page? It's possible that there's a MediaWiki extension available, otherwise writing a script that retrieves data through the API would solve the problem, although it would be quite an expensive script for the server because of the many http requests. -- Kynikos (talk) 11:41, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Where to add warnings about unintended wikification?

I'm talking about [2]. Should I put it in Help:Editing#Links? -- Karol (talk) 19:05, 13 June 2013 (UTC)