Help:Merging

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A merger is a non-automated process by which the content of two pages is united on one page.

Rationale

There are several good reasons to merge a page:

  1. Duplicate – There are two or more pages on exactly the same subject and having the same scope.
  2. Overlap – There are two or more pages on related subjects that have a large overlap. For example, "Flammable" and "Non-flammable" can both be explained in an article on Flammability.
  3. Text – If a page is very short and is unlikely to be expanded within a reasonable amount of time, it often makes sense to merge it with a page on a broader topic.
  4. Context – If a short article requires the background material or context from a broader article in order for readers to understand it. For instance, each "tab" does not need its own page: Help:Tabs.

Merging should not be considered if

  1. The resulting article is too long or "clunky"
  2. The separate topics could be expanded into longer standalone (but cross linked) articles
  3. The topics are discrete subjects and deserve their own articles even though they may be short

Merging—regardless of the amount of information kept—should always leave a redirect or, in some cases, a disambiguation page in place. This is often needed to allow proper attribution through the edit history for the page the merged text came from. Superfluous redirects do not harm anything, and can be helpful in finding articles, e.g. from alternative names.

You may find that some or all of the information to be merged is already in the destination page. That is fine; you can feel free to delete the redundant information and only add the new stuff. If there is no information to be added to the destination page, you can simply redirect the other page there, but please make this clear in the edit summary.

How to

  1. To propose a merger of two or more pages, place the template {{merge}} at the top of each page or section.
  2. Create one discussion section, typically on the destination article's Discussion page (also known as the talk page). This should include a list of the affected articles and a merger rationale.
  3. Please use the discuss parameter to direct to the same talk page. Otherwise, two separate discussions could take place in each of the respective talk pages. If the discuss parameter is not specified, the "Discuss" links lead to the top of each article's Talk page.
  4. You may be able to evoke a response by contacting some of the major or most-recent contributors via their respective talk-pages. If there is clear agreement with the proposal by consensus, or if there is silence, proceed with the merger.

List of merge templates

Merge requested:

Merge completed:

Note

The text in this page is adapted from Help:Merging.