Template:Merge from

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Which merge template should I use?

Do not use this tag on a template or category—instead see below for instructions.

  • 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}};
  • To suggest merging only some material, use {{Move portions from|SourcePage}} and {{Move portions|TargetPage}}

When to use

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

Simple example

Tagging a single page is simple:

{{Merge from |OtherPage|date=February 2015}}

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

{{Merge to |FirstPage|date=February 2015}}
{{Merge from |SecondPage|date=February 2015}}

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

Other options

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 from |OtherPage |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=February 2015}}

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 from |OtherPage1 |OtherPage2 |OtherPage3 |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=February 2015}}

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

{{Merge from |OtherPage |discuss=Talk:OtherPage#Merge discussion |date=February 2015 |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.
  • These templates will add tagged articles to Category:Articles to be merged, while non-articles (files, templates, etc.) will be added to Category:Items to be merged.
  • Do not subst: these templates.

When to remove

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. Or feel free to start a discussion if you are uncertain or feel it would be controversial.



This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Merge from

This is a hatnote template which proposes to merge one or more specified pages into the tagged page. Use 'merge to' to tag the source page(s).

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
Other page 1 This is the page, from which content should be merged into this article. Note: 19 additional pages to merge from can be added manually as optional parameters. wiki-page-name empty empty required
Date date The date on which the article was tagged (month year; e.g. August 2013) string empty empty optional
Discussion discuss Discussion related to the merge proposal; typically on the talk page for the target page. wiki-page-name empty empty optional
Section section If you are placing the template in a section, set this parameter to 'yes'. string empty empty optional

See also