https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=60383

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--- Comment #3 from PartTimeGnome <7r...@notsharingmy.info> ---
The best documentation I can find for MediaWiki's current behaviour is at
[[Help:Moving a page#Moving over a redirect]] on the English Wikipedia.

This is in Bugzilla because the restrictions on when a redirect can be
overwritten are enforced by MediaWiki. Only a developer can change this
behaviour. Bug descriptions should describe the problem, not the solution, so
no specific change has been proposed in this bug (see the VPT thread for some
specific proposals). Finding a way to ease these restrictions without creating
avenues for vandalism is tricky, and we'd appreciate the developers views on
this matter.

In the code, the rules on when a redirect can be overwritten are implemented by
Title::isValidMoveTarget
<https://git.wikimedia.org/blob/mediawiki%2Fcore.git/807d510ad7353ae4adee736eb6f4b34890761114/includes%2FTitle.php#L4152>.

Perma-link to the current version of the VPT discussion, for when it gets
archived:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)&oldid=592240576#Streamlining_page_moves_over_redirects.3F
(note: there might be further edits to the discussion after this point)

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