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The two Mulciber articles may need re-naming. The parentheses in the titles are really anti-template. My suggestion is, if we know nothing but the surname, a family page would be better with details on both individuals on there. Mafalda Hopkirk 04:32, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

It's the standard on Wikipedia to disambiguate articles with identical titles with parenthetical descriptions: "John Smith (actor)," "John Smith (aviator)," "John Smith (politician)." I don't see why our Wiki shouldn't adopt this style when other methods of title disambiguation fail to do the job. We currently disambiguate article titles several ways, including by roman numerals and by retaining a character's maiden name, which is far from having a single uniform (i.e., "template") method of disambiguation.
I'm not suggesting that we impose a single standard of title disambiguation for all articles. But there are articles which would be very awkward to disambiguate with roman numerals. That's why I think we should determine the most suitable manner of disambiguation on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of the two Mulcibers, the alternate titles "Mulciber Sr." and "Mulciber Jr." wouldn't work, because they would conclusively suggest a father-son relationship that hasn't been confirmed by canon. I also think linking to two identically-titled articles from a central disambiguation page makes the site easier to navigate. Anyone who searchs for "Mulciber" will land on the disambiguation page and thus there won't be any confusion in finding the right article.
What about female characters who are only known from the surname of their husband? Trying to work around parentheses in the case of two Mrs. Bones lead me to create an article with the awkward title "Edgar Bones' wife."
Merging articles on individual characters into family articles would prevent us from categorizing individuals based upon traits which apply only to them. For instance, we know Marauder-era Avery was a Slytherin, but the same can't be said for the Riddle-era Avery (in all likelihood, he was, but there's no canon evidence for it). -Starstuff 09:05, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
I just thought it looked icky. 15:22, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
It does look icky, but in general its the best way to do it. And Starstuff is right that we have multiple ways of disambiguating articles right now. I'm hoping to put that into line and come up with a solution for it. There are other cases that aren't even names where we have to use parenthesis to disambiguate. Such as Troll and Troll (grade). In some cases we would have Troll be a disambig page linking to then "Troll (creature)" and "Troll (grade)," but if the most likely search is for the creature than that should be the page that shows up. In the case of Mulciber this is how it is set up and I think that its fine. I say absolutely no into merging the articles (unless we find out they're the same person). That'd go back into have a Fred and George Weasley article. -- DarkJedi613 (Talk) 16:00, 6 June 2008 (UTC)