Trivial information, dictionary definitions, and slang
When notes feature a trivial detail or use of a term, or links to overly specific and tendentious
material, they are unwarranted.
is a term
with several closely related meanings in finance
. It refers to the accumulation of some kind of asset
in hopes of getting a future return
from it. ...
In this case, there is no direct disambiguation, and the note listed is bound to be uninteresting to most readers. The proper disambiguation simply links to a separate Invest (disambiguation)
Legitimate information about the topic
Ayesha is sometimes used as a woman's name. Once popular only among Muslims, it was briefly popular among English-speakers after it appeared in the book She
by Rider Haggard
This is a typical but improper use of disambiguating hatnotes. Instead, the information belongs in the body of the article, or in the articles about the book, or in a separate article about names, or all three places. Hatnotes are meant to reduce confusion and direct readers to another article they might have been looking for, not for information about the subject of the article itself.
Linking to articles that are related to the topic
Disambiguation hatnotes are intended to link to separate topics that could be referred to by the same title. They are not intended to link to topics that are simply related to each other, or to a specific aspect of a general topic:
that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth
. Its existence is currently hypothetical: there is as yet no evidence of extraterrestrial life that has been widely accepted by scientists. ...
This guideline does not
discourage the use of disambiguation hatnotes in a situation where separate topics are related, but could nonetheless be referred to by the same title and would thus qualify for disambiguation, such as a book
and its film adaptation
Disambiguating article names that are not ambiguous
It is usually preferable not to have a hatnote when the name of the article is not ambiguous.
Water (Wu Xing)
: 水; pinyin
), is the low point of the matter, or the matter's dying or hiding stage. Water is the fifth stage of Wu Xing
Here, the hatnote can be removed. A reader who is following links within Wikipedia is unlikely to end up at Water (Wu Xing)
if they were looking for other meanings of water, since water
does not redirect there.
The presence or absence of hatnotes in articles with disambiguated titles has been a contentious issue, and this guideline doesn't prescribe one way or the other. There are cases where some editors strongly believe that such hatnotes should be included, such as the various articles about treaties called Treaty of Paris
Each additional link in the hatnote besides the ambiguous or confusable topic(s) makes it more difficult to find the desired target. For example:
In this case, the link to New Orleans, Louisiana
, in the hatnote leads to an article that is not ambiguous with the title. Linking only to the possible other destination (WIST (AM)
) makes it easier to find the link.
If you are trying to locate someone missing in Hurricane Katrina, or register yourself as found, you can use the site www.disastersearch.org 
The use of external help links in Wikipedia, though noble, cannot reasonably be maintained. In special cases, a link to an "External links" section may be appropriate, but POV favoritism can be obstructive. In this case, the hatnote was removed entirely.
Hatnotes should not contain red links
to non-existent articles since hatnotes are intended to help users navigate to another article they may have intended to find. The exception is if one intends to create the linked article immediately. In that case, consider creating the new article first
, before saving the addition of the hatnote.