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1. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

Sometimes I see a big number of links placed in some articles, all pointing to the same article.

e.g. I have just removed two out of three links, going from Inverness to the Scottisch highlands article, as they were placed into the introduction which is only 2 sentences long. With no other link in that piece of the text. The same for the brief history piece of this article where there were four links to Scotland, when one seems to be just fine.

Can we get to a general rule on this?

I would propose that when a link has already been made in the article, especially in the same paragraph, no new link should be created, unless needed.

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

The general convention in wikipedia appears to be, link at the first mention (if related), link again in later mentions only if necessary/helpful, even if it appears in different sections of the same article. On this wiki, I tend to have a more "relaxed" approach by allowing first mention linking in every main section, but only when it's necessary or helpful. I will remove repeated linking in the same section if I come across any.

In a related matter, I'd also like to point out on using logical reasoning when linking to articles, that is to link only when necessary or related. This is to prevent having a barrage of links in a single section, but only few are really useful. For example, the Major Cities section (global regions articles) and also the list of countries where visa is required (Red Tape section), the countries are not linked at all. In the Major Cities section, the cities have been linked already, the countries are only mentioned there to help those who don't know where the cities are and therefore unnecessary to link. As for the Red Tape section, the countries are just a list of "qualified/unqualified" for exemption of visa, and linking doesn't help in promoting a connection between that country and the countries on the list.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Didn't know that up until today, but I guess it's a good idea to have a set of general rules regarding this topic.

I don't think it's a matter of good or wrong, too much or too little, or whatever, but if people feel like it is just too much linking, be my guest and remove them;)