Welcome to WikiProject Merge

Welcome to WikiProject Merge.Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving the merging process. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the merge process. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.The main project focus at this time is reducing the articles to be merged backlog!The following tags should be placed on top the pages or sections which require merging.This section shows our progress in clearing the backlogs of articles tagged on or before December 31st, 2012.From Help:Merging and Wikipedia:MergingA merger is a process by which the content of two pages are united on one page for one or more of the following reasons:A copy paste merger creates "attribution dependency". To license the content from the originating article you must, at minimum, provide a direct link to the original article in the edit summary of the page where content is being placed. You should also place the {{Copied}} tag on the originating article as well as the target article.Merging should be avoided if the articles are sufficiently distinct to stand on their own and the resulting article will be too long or "clunky"; the separate topics could be expanded into longer standalone (but cross-linked) articles; the topics are discrete subjects and deserve their own articles even though they may be short.If you need direction for making a new merge proposal see Wikipedia:Proposed mergers. On Wikipedia, articles may be boldly merged without any proposal taking place, though it is recommended where the merge is expected to be controversial. If you boldly merge an article and it is reverted, this should be considered part of the BOLD, revert, discuss cycle and not undone until discussion takes place—do not edit war.A merge is listed once a tag is placed on the article, such as {{Merge}} or {{Merge to}}. Removing the tag, delists the article. Never remove a proposed merge tag unless you are intending to delist the article and only do so when all issues have been addressed. If the proposer of the merge did not start a discussion for the merge, and it is not obvious why the articles should be merged, it is acceptable to remove the tags. If the reason for the merge is obvious, you can either merge the articles boldly, or start a new discussion.Editors should always close a proposal uncontroversially. Complex cases can be referred to the project's talk page. Merging an article where there was a consensus-based decision to do so at an AfD discussion that has been closed by an administrator is not controversial, and may be undertaken with no further discussion or closing procedure. Local consensus should determine a merge with redirect if discussion is underway for even a very old merge proposal, however, content may still be boldy added to the target page if it is not already present, has context and has references. If content can be saved by taking the extra time to copy edit for original prose, references, formatting, etc. an editor is encouraged to do so.If an article is original and has sufficient differences from the target article it can be retained and not be redirected or merged and delisted. A merge tag represents the efforts of an editor to gain consensus. If no other discussion is made it is an individual judgement call, whether or not to carry out a "Merge with redirect" from a proposal. If a MWR is reverted by another editor after being carried out by a project participant (or other editor) with no discussion we can assume opposition to the merge and delist as "no consensus".If there has been no discussion generated after a reasonable amount of time then the merge proposal is stale. Stale merge proposals more than one year should be immediately delisted if any of the following apply:Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and no discussion is generated the proposal becomes stale. Stale proposals of less than one year may be delisted if any or all of above apply as well as additional standards for newer proposals:If the articles listed for merge meet the above standards then you may simply remove the tags as a stale merge/old proposal no consensus. No merging takes place.If none of the above apply or it is your decision to carry out the merge, be sure and follow the steps as laid out by Help:Merging.Editors should not merge content during an AFD. AfD participants should not work "around" consensus by beginning a merge process on their own, before discussion. While preservation of content is a good consideration, copying may be contentious and may create additional steps and administrative work if undoing any copying is necessary. Such a merge also causes an attribution dependency breakage between articles that may require the merging of article history that would be lost if the source page is deleted. AFD participants may offer proposals and negotiate with the other participants during the discussion. If needed, editors may ask the closing admin how to rescue the content or what additional steps that need to be taken.Any editor may add contents and references if the prose used is completely original. In this manner the merged content is not merely copied and pasted but all original content makes use of the available references (see Wikipedia:EDITATAFD). Rather than merging, the content can be rewritten. In this case, there is no attribution problems as the content is new. However, one should exercise extreme caution BEFORE undertaking such a controversial merge. While it is not strictly prohibited, Wikipedia:WikiProject Merge recommends that all editors refrain from such tasks in the spirit of collaboration. Unless there is a strong case for the merger specified by deletion policy it is preferred that editors wait until the discussion period is complete.From Help:MergingIf there is clear agreement with the proposal by consensus, or if there is silence, after the debate has been open for at least two weeks, proceed with the merger. Before merging, it is recommended that you refer to this, which applies to merger targets as well as redirect targets.To provide clarity that the merger discussion is over and that a consensus has been reached, it may be important to close and then archive the proposal discussion. To close a merger proposal discussion, indicate the outcome at the top. If the merger is particularly controversial, one may take the optional step of requesting closure by an uninvolved administrator at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Requests for closure.To archive a merger proposal discussion, a {{Discussion top}} template is generally placed between the header and the top of the discussion and a {{Discussion bottom}} template will need to be placed at the bottom of the discussion.Here is an example of how to archive a merger proposal discussion:You can also place the {{oldmergefull}} template at the top of the talk pages of the articles proposed to be merged.AFD consensus to merge/redirects have been Admin closed and do not reguire further closing procedure. These may be merged and redirected with no further tasks required or associated with the merger.From Help:MergingThere are two basic types of merger; which to use depends on how much content of the source page you want to keep:Also remember that almost all article pages have a talk page. To avoid losing quick access to that historical discussion, a link to the source article's talk-page should be placed at the top of the destination article's talk-page, such as:
Article merged: See old talk-page [[talk:PAGENAME|here]]
or use Template:Copied:
{{Copied|from=source|from_oldid=source|to=destination|diff=|date=}}From Help:MergingPerforming a merger in this manner is beneficial when you want to include all the content from both articles in the article history of the final article.From Help:MergingPerforming a merger in this manner is beneficial when the source document includes a great deal of material that is not needed in the final article.Once the content is merged do not forget to blank the originating page and add:At minimum, attribution must be provided in the edit summary of the page into which content is placed. This step is required in order to conform with Wikipedia's licensing requirements. Do not omit it nor omit the page name. It is important to remember, once a merge has been made and the redirect set or even when a redirect is not set in place, to add this template on both the target and originating article talkpage and fill out completely:{{Copied |from= |from_oldid= |to= |diff= }}This code, when filled, out produces the name of the two articles and the original diff from your action of adding the material in full or in part and is needed to attribute the work of the authors. Below is this example for the Merge guidelines copied in full or in part from Help:Merging.Please feel free to add yourself here, and indicate any areas of particular interest.
Please post new entries at the end of the list.The following table lists pages referred to by {{afd-merge from}} are redirects to some page other than that with the {{afd-merge from}}. Please correct the {{afd-merge from}}, either by removing it (if the page was correctly merged elsewhere), undoing the incorrect redirection, or pointing it to the correct page. This table will be updated automatically.The following table lists deleted pages that were referred to by {{afd-merge from}}; the offending {{afd-merge from}} has already been removed. Please double-check whether the deletion was correct. If so, just remove the row from the table; if not, undelete the page and restore the {{afd-merge from}}. This table will not be updated automatically.The following template should be used on the merging articles talkpage as part of the elimination drive for noncontroversial articles. This may be placed within the discussion first to draw attention to an upcoming merge and then placed on target article's project listings.Another template can be placed along with other project banners. Rate the article for class and importance to project. This template also has the additional attribution template added to be used on each page after merge.which contains contents copied from:{{Copied}}This template goes on the merge article talk page and target article project listings  Y Merger complete.If a nomination for deletion results in a merge with delete, add:For a list of all merge templates, go to Category:Merge templates or Wikipedia:Template messages/Merging.This barnstar could be given to a prolific merger or a user who has contributed significantly to the project. It is the official barnstar for this project.{{subst:WikiProject Merge Barnstar|Message}}produces:For project assessment of articles go to Wikipedia:WikiProject Merge/Assessment.