Template:Merge

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Which merge template should I use?[change | change source]

  • To merge at least two together at an unspecified location: {{Merge|OtherPage}}
  • To merge the contents of the tagged article into the specified article: {{Merge to|OtherPage}}
  • The contents of the specified article should be merged into the tagged article: {{Merge from|OtherPage}} – the opposite of {{Merge to}};

When to use[change | change source]

These templates are used primarily to identify potential merges that would benefit from discussion. If it is obvious that a merge would be appropriate, then you may boldly merge the pages without tagging and without discussion. Some editors also use these tags to mark pages that obviously require merging, in the hope that someone else will merge the pages.

After adding the merge template, please create a section on the talkpage explaining your rationale for the merge proposal. If the rationale is so obvious that it requires no explanation, then you should consider boldly merging the pages yourself rather than setting up a discussion.

How to use[change | change source]

Simple example[change | change source]

Tagging a single page is simple:

{{Merge |OtherPage |date=July 2014}}

When you want to discuss a simple merge of one page into another, tag both of them:

{{Merge to |FirstPage |date=July 2014}}
{{Merge from |SecondPage |date=July 2014}}

This allows editors at both pages to see both the proposed source and target.

Other options[change | change source]

By default, the Discuss link on the template links to the top of the destination page's talk page. To specify which section, or to name a different talk page entirely, use the |discuss= parameter:

{{Merge |OtherPage |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=July 2014}}

To name multiple pages to be merged, simply separate them with a vertical pipe. You can add up to 20 articles to be merged:

{{Merge |OtherPage1 |OtherPage2 |OtherPage3 |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=July 2014}}

To name multiple pages to merge into a single page, use the |target= parameter. For example, to merge the tagged page, as well as OtherPage1, OtherPage2, and OtherPage3 into OtherPage4, use:

{{Merge |OtherPage1 |OtherPage2 |OtherPage3 |target=OtherPage4 |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=July 2014}}

If you are placing the template in a section, you can use |section= to change the wording to reflect this:

{{Merge |OtherPage |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=July 2014 |section=yes}}
  • Do not add the namespace to the names of the pages.
    For example, write {{Merge|OtherHelpPage}}, not {{Merge|Help:OtherHelpPage}}.
  • Do not link to the pages with square brackets.
    For example, write {{Merge|OtherArticle}}, not {{Merge|[[OtherArticle]]}}.
  • If you don't supply a date, a bot will add it later.
  • The date may not be shown in the box. Do not be concerned about this. It is used when grouping tagged pages together into categories by date.
  • Pages tagged with these templates will be added to Category:Pages to merge.
  • Do not subst: these templates.

When to remove[change | change source]

There is no deadline for completing proposed merges. Pages that have been tagged for a long time (frequently more than one year) generally fall into these groups:

Discussion supported the proposed merge, but no one did it yet
Feel free to merge the pages yourself.
Discussion opposed merge, but nobody removed the tags
Feel free to remove the tags yourself.
No discussion found
Feel free to remove the tags if you believe the merge would be a poor choice, or to boldly merge the pages if you believe the merge would be appropriate.

Related templates[change | change source]

  • {{cfm2}} - may be useful for starting discussions on merging categories