Wikipedia:Proposed article mergers/Merger banners

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Use this guide to proceed through the Merger Request procedure after making or receiving a request for merging:

Merge Request Notification & Discussion BannersEdit

1) Install one of the following BANNERS to the Top section of the involved articles (just highlight and copy/paste):

  • On target article (the one you're adding to):
    {{Merge from | Name_of_source_article | discuss=Talk:Name_of_target_article#Merger discussion | date=Month_name Year }}
  • On source article (the one which is being deleted):
    {{Merge to | Name_of_target_article | discuss=Talk:Name_of_target_article#Merger discussion | date=Month_name Year }}

2) Install these on the articles, then create a discussion section only at the Target article's Talk Page (since a merge discussion at the other talk page would be hidden if the merger proceeds):

  1. call it something like Merger Discussion (or Merge proposal, or something simple); but be sure it's the same spelling you used in both of the banners (above).
  2. On Target Talk Page start the discussion by highlighting and copy/pasting these lines:

==Merger Discussion==
[[Wikipedia:Proposed mergers#MERGE REQUESTS|Request received to merge]] articles: [[{name of source article}]] into [[{name of target article}]]; dated: {month/year}. Proposer's Rationale: {not stated}. Discuss here. ~~~~

and, if given, state proposer's rationale for the request.

Merging Process TemplatesEdit

This is current Good Practice for Merging. After the content moves are made, you will need to copy, paste and focus the emboldened lines below. Replace the italicized with specific information from your Merge/Redirect:

1.–On the newly combined article page's Edit Summary at a minimum
Merged content from [[~source page~]] to here.


  • or,


Merged content from [[~source page~]] to here. (See [[Talk:~destination page~#Proposed merger]])


2.–Replace the Entire Contents of the source page with



#REDIRECT [[~destination page~]] {{this is a redirect|from Merge}} (replaces {{R from Merge}} )


  • or, if most of the content moved into a single SECTION of the target page:


#REDIRECT [[~destination page~#~section name~]] {{this is a redirect|from Merge|to Section}}''' –or– '''{{this is a redirect|from Merge}}{{R to anchor}} (these replace {{R from Merge}}{{R to Section}} )


Others
  • {{R to list entry}}
  • {{Redr|from abbreviation}}
  • {{R from album}}
  • {{R from birth name}}
  • {{R from book}}
  • {{R comics with possibilities}}
  • {{R from historic name}}
  • {{Redr|high}}
  • {{R from maiden name}}
  • {{R from married name}}
  • {{R from person}}
  • {{R from predecessor company name}}
  • {{R from school}}
  • {{R from song}}
  • {{R from writers}}


3.–On the newly blanked (redirected) article page's Edit Summary add


Merged and Redirected to [[~destination page~]].
  • or
Merged content to [[~destination page~#~section name~]]. See [[Talk:~destination page~#Merge proposal>]]


4.–On the same line as the Target Section sub-header (title) that the old article now points to, add


<!-- Anchor for redirect from: ["~article name~"] article; caution with changes. -->


  • or, alternatively you can use this (new) template (placed at the beginning of a paragraph of text):


{{anchor|"~redirected article name~"}}



5.– If time permits, Tag the Talk Pages* (a Bot will do this if you don't)


  • The Destination (target) Talk-Page is tagged with (optional):


{{merged-from|~source page~|date= }} * –or– {{Copied|}} *

  • The Source Talk-Page which has discussion content, should have the following placed (without removing the old discussions, but replacing all other templates; including most project assessment templates (some projects want to keep these–they will correct if necessary). The exception is the archive index):


{{merged-to|~destination page~|date= }} *

  • NOTE: Place these tags at the top of the talk pages.

Merger Proposal Discussion TemplatesEdit

MP (for target) Talk Page discussion area creation (w/stats)Edit

There is a request for the merger of the {{la|~article name~}} article into this article. Input welcome below. ~~~~


Alternate MP Talk Page discussion area set-upEdit

==Merger proposal==
Received request to merge the [[~source article~]] article into the [[~target article~]] article on {~date~}. Discuss it here. ~~~~


Notification of Merger Proposal to article creator/contributorEdit

Let the page creator and any major editor(s) of the article know what's happening by copying and placing the following notice on their Talk Page:


== Merge discussion notice==
<!--- Template:M–Notice top -->
[[File:Merge-arrows.svg|50px|frameless|left]] An article that you have been involved in editing, r.e.: [[~article~]], has been '''proposed for a [[Wikipedia:Merging|merge]]''' with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going [[Talk:~article~|>>>here<<<]], and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. ~~~~
<!--- Template:M–Notice bottom -->


Project page notice that additional input Re: Merge Proposal was requestedEdit

:::<small class="merger-notice">Note: Requested additional input from [[Wikipedia:WikiProject ~name~]]. ~~~~</small>


:<!-- Begin Template:Request --><hr style="width:75%;" /> *<small><span style="color:#FF4F00;">:'''''[[~WikiProject:Name~]]'' has been notified to help generate additional attention to the above request(s).''' Thanks, ~~~~</small></span><br /><hr style="width:75%;" /><!-- End Template:Relist -->

gives:

Talk Page merger discussion archivingEdit

Close the discussion by copying and pasting the following (as shown):


<div class="boilerplate" style="background-color: #cff; margin: 2em 0 0 0; padding: 
0 10px 0 10px; border: 1px dotted #aaa;"> <center> :The following discussion is an archived discussion of a '''''[[Wikipedia:Proposed mergers |Merge Proposal]]''''' and / or '''''[[Wikipedia:Redirect |Redirect]].''''' <span style="color:red" "font:bold">'''Please do not modify it.''' </span></br> The result of the request for the Proposed Merger of {requested article} into this talk page's article was: <!--{remove the two mask tags for this sentence and two of the following results:}
''''''''Not Done—No Consensus to Merge'''.'''Consensus Reached–Awaiting Merge'''.
''' Completed per Request''''''''.--></br>— — — — —</center>
[discussion] 
<center>—  —  —  —  — <br>  The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a [[WP:PM]].  
<span style="color:red" "font:bold">Please do not modify it. </span></br>
Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.  
 ~~~~</br></center>
<small>A copy of this template can be found [[User:GenQuest/Merge|here]].
</small></div>
<!-- Template:RM bottom -->
Gives the following output:
The following discussion is an archived discussion of a Merger Proposal and Redirect. Please do not modify it.
Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the target talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.
The result of the Proposed Merger of {requested article} to here was: Not Done — No Consensus to Merge. Consensus Reached – Awaiting Merge. Completed per Request.

[discussion]

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested merge. Please do not modify it.
Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section. User User Talk
A copy of this template can be found here


Alternate close with summary boxEdit

{{Archive top |result = ''Agree to/Reject merging of {~/~/~} article(s) as per [[wp:~reason~]].  Non-Administrative closure--'' ~~~~ 
|status =  closed}}
[discussion] 
{{Archive bottom}}


Gives the following output:
CLOSED

Agree to/Reject merging of {~/~/~} article(s) as per wp:~reason~. Non-Administrative closure-- [name of closer]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

[discussion]

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Incomplete or Broken MergersEdit


<!--Template begin-->
It appears that your edit of //date//, (//edit summary details//) left an incomplete ''Merge and Redirect'' of the [[~article name~]] article and its talk page, [[Talk:~article name~]]. I have completed the Merge and Redirect for you. If you need help in the completion of [[Wikipedia:Merge|mergers]] in the future, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, ~~~~
<!--Template end-->

Merger / Mergist user-page self-identifiersEdit

User box templates

{{User WikiProject Merge}} produces:
 This user is a member of
WikiProject Merge.
{{User merge}} produces:
merThis editor is a mergist.
{{User mergist}} produces:

Barnstars for WikiProject

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:

  The Merging Barnstar
Message