Orphaned pages are MEpedia articles that are not linked to from other MEpedia articles. Ideally, all articles would be linked-to, in order to best integrate the array of knowledge on MEpedia and help readers access topics related to their interests.
Identifying orphaned pages
You can check to see whether a given entry has any links to it by finding the "Tools" section in the left-hand sidebar of the page and selecting "What links here". If there is no other page that links to it, it's an "orphaned page."
You can see a complete list of all orphaned pages at Special:OrphanedPages.
Note: Some of the pages in Special:OrphanedPages may appear to be linked-to even though they are still an orphaned page. An orphaned page may have a link from a category page, or be linked-to from a listing of pages. However, since the page still lacks any meaningful links from another article, it is still considered an "orphaned page". Some of the pages in Special:OrphanedPages may be disambiguation pages, which should not be linked to, so you can ignore those pages.
How to help
Orphaned pages are MEpedia articles that are not linked to from other MEpedia articles. You can help integrate an orphaned page into MEpedia by adding links to it from other pages that mention the orphaned page name or related words. Assistance working through the orphaned pages list is greatly appreciated!
- You can find other pages that mention the orphaned page name or related words by searching for the name of the orphaned page name or for any related words. You can use the search box at the top of the screen, but instead of selecting the page name from the dropdown menu, select the option just below the search box that begins with "containing..." This should bring you to a full list of all the articles on MEpedia that mention the searched-for terms. If you want to search for a specific phrase, be sure to enclose the phrase in double quotation marks.
- Once you have found other articles that should link to the orphaned page, then edit those articles to add a link to the orphaned page. (subject to MEpedia guidance on placing links) Once an orphaned page is linked to from another MEpedia page, it will automatically be removed from the list.
Ideally, the only pages left on the list would be disambiguation pages, which should not be linked to, and so these pages are not real "orphaned pages".