Commons:History merging and splitting

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Shortcut: COM:HMS · COM:HISTMERGE This page provides information on issues and solutions relating pages and files that underwent cut-and-paste moves (which its history has to be put back together), and inappropriate merging/overwriting (of which its history needs to be split).

History merging[edit]

Because most users have the ability to use the move page function, cut-and-paste moves are usually done by people who are not aware of that function, or when the move function fails (e.g. because the target has history), and people who aren't aware of the Administrators Noticeboard forum to ask for help from an administrator.

When a cut-and-paste move is done, the page history of a page can be split among two or more different pages. This is very undesirable, because we need to keep the history with the content for copyright reasons. In most circumstances, administrators are able to fix this by merging page histories.

History splitting[edit]


Over time, pages or files may change from one underlying topic to a completely separate topic. Normally, this should be accomplished through moves of pages, or by reuploading an altered file on a slightly different filename. However, if a user is unfamiliar with those processes they may simply change the subject of a page or file (overwriting the old). If this is not caught immediately it is very easy for the new topic to build up a substantial edit history of its own.

Requesting a merge or split[edit]

To request a merge or split, fill the following template, and submit it at the bottom of this page. Remember, both files need to be of the same type. Merging of more than two files may also be possible in some cases.

== [[:FILE/PAGE 1]] → [[:FILE/PAGE 2]] ==
* Request: [Split or Merge]
* Reason:
  • For merges, replace FILE/PAGE 2 with the page you want FILE/PAGE 1 contents to be merged into.
  • For splits, replace FILE/PAGE 2 with the new filename which you want the newer content to be moved from FILE/PAGE 1.

Current requests

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File:MTA New York City Bus Nova Bus LFSA SBS.jpg[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: Overwrite

Previous versions of this image are at various locations on the Bx12 in the Bronx, whereas the current version of this file (File:MTA New York City Bus Nova Bus LFSA SBS.jpg) is on the M15 in South Ferry, Manhattan. All four version are the same make and model of bus, but most are on a separate route. Current version should keep the existing name. Names for older versions should be as follows:

I have preserved earlier descriptions in the event that the correct ones are lost, as in a split request from two months ago. ----DanTD (talk) 16:01, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done --Sreejith K (talk) 16:13, 15 May 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. --Sreejith K (talk) 16:13, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

File:Bendera Pakatan Harapan PH Hi Res 8000x4000 px.svgFile:Pakatan Harapan Logo.svg[edit]

  • Request: Merge the two files into one file under the name of File:Pakatan Harapan Logo.svg, but mantain the version of File:Bendera Pakatan Harapan PH Hi Res 8000x4000 px.svg since it is with the correct ratio.
  • Reason: Similar file.

--Molecule Extraction (talk) 08:05, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done --Sreejith K (talk) 16:07, 15 May 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. --Sreejith K (talk) 16:07, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Not a librsvgworkaround therfore repairing should be overwritten[edit]



  • Request: Merge
  • Reason: not a librsvgbug, file was invalid (therefore repairing file can be overwritten, without documenting the non existing librsvg bug)

--JoKalliauer (talk) 18:55, 17 May 2018 (UTC), 18:59, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done . Please do any necessary cleanups. Thanks, Rehman 02:26, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Request for multiple similar files to be merged into one file[edit]

File:DUN Sabah.svg, File:DUN Sabah 20180512.svg and File:DUN Sabah 20180512 confirmed.svgFile:Sabah State Legislative Assembly seating, 2018.svg;[edit]

  • Request: Merge
  • Reason: All are similar files that was created for State Legislative Assembly seating in 2018 that supposed to be in one file. The final confirmed version is on File:Sabah State Legislative Assembly seating, 2018.svg and that should be mantain as the current/top version. Molecule Extraction (talk) 07:35, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
Done, Molecule Extraction. What a morning exercise! The current/top version is automatically set based the latest version (which happens to be exactly what you wanted). That being said, there seems to be a software bug that made an old version show on top. What luck. I will update here again once I figure how to sort that. Rehman
Glitch fixed by User:Zhuyifei1999 (thanks!). Rehman 05:11, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

File:DanielaSamulski.JPGFile:DanielaSamulski crop.JPG[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: Crop should be another pic. Furthermore, the original shows other people as well.

--Arnd (talk) 08:56, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done --Sreejith K (talk) 20:42, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. --Sreejith K (talk) 20:42, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

File:Sexual intercourse 3.jpgFile:Sexual intercourse 3.1.jpg[edit]

What is the source of that the file from Sidlerbj? --Sreejith K (talk) 03:14, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
@Sreejithk2000: I was hoping to find out with Google Images.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:29, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
The thumbnail was hidden by @Jdx: citing Unknown source. So I guess the image is a copyright violation. --Sreejith K (talk) 04:10, 27 May 2018 (UTC)
Oh well. I wonder where it came from.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:27, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Category:TGV TMSTCategory:British Rail Class 373[edit]

  • Request: Merge
  • Reason:Same subject, different name (French and British)

--Les Yeux Noirs (talk) 19:53, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Category:Blue Mosque (Tabriz)Category:Blue Mosque, Tabriz[edit]

  • Request: Merge
  • Reason: User moved the category manually!! --Meisam (talk) 12:26, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
The situation is much worse than I initially anticipated. Please merge all these categories which have been manually moved by the same user:

Many thanks -- Meisam (talk) 15:33, 26 May 2018 (UTC)

Current admin volunteers[edit]

  1. Rehman (talk · contribs)
  2. PierreSelim (talk · contribs)
  3. Ankry (talk · contribs)
  4. Revent (talk · contribs)
  5. ~riley (talk · contribs)

See also[edit]