Commons:History merging and splitting

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
(Redirected from Commons:SPLIT)
Jump to: navigation, search

Other languages:
English • ‎日本語 • ‎polski • ‎русский
Page history merge Simple.png

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[edit]

@Miniapolis: please, suggest which version should remain under the original name. Ankry (talk) 05:40, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in replying. Come to think of it, both versions are useful; can the older version be moved to File:Cofresi's Domain 2008 version.jpg? Thanks again and all the best, Miniapolis 15:22, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done. Please fix descriptions. Ankry (talk) 15:43, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks very much! Miniapolis 20:32, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

File:S7300646.JPGFile:Broad view of Waterton RV Campground, Alberta.jpg[edit]

  • Request: Split and revert to original version.
  • Reason: The image description (Doe and Fawn at Waterton Town Campground, Alberta) is better suited to the original version, which I can rename myself. ----DanTD (talk) 16:27, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done Please finish up as suggested. Revent (talk) 18:19, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
Ok, now really done (lol). Had them switched at first, fixed now. Revent (talk) 18:22, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
And thank you for the split. ----DanTD (talk) 23:20, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Gia long.pngFile:Gia long (1).png[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: the two versions are quite different.

-- 07:22, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done, with slightly different naming. Please make sure the licensing and sourcing of both versions is correct. Revent (talk) 22:59, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

File:QIAN Liu (aka TSIEN Liu), King of Wuyue.jpgFile:Qian Liu.jpg[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: the two versions are quite different

-- 06:58, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done but please verify authorship: it seems to be incorrect for both images. Ankry (talk) 22:14, 25 July 2015 (UTC)


  • Request: Split
  • Reason: Original upload was overwritten

--Taketa (talk) 21:29, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

The 2nd file seems to be a copyright violation of (dated there 15.05.2014 - published before upload to commons). Deleted. Ankry (talk) 04:38, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Ok. I kept seeing the wrong file, but it must have been my cache. I think the deleted file was not a copyright violation. It was uploaded on Commons in 2012 and the second file this author uploaded had an OTRS ticket, which kind of proves they are a professional. Taketa (talk) 06:46, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
@Taketa: OOPS, you are right! Two years difference; my mistake. File restored. And split. Ankry (talk) 08:51, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done Ankry (talk) 06:44, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

File:Alte_Hafnerbehausung,_Bad_Ischl.JPGFile:Alte_Hafnerbehausung,_Bad_Ischl 2.JPG, File:Alte_Hafnerbehausung,_Bad_Ischl 3.JPG[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: was overwritten unindentionally. Please restore all 3 versions as separate files. thx

--Herzi Pinki (talk) 13:32, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

@Herzi Pinki: ✓ Done Ankry (talk) 06:44, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Current admin volunteers[edit]

  1. Rehman (talk · contribs)
  2. Bencmq (talk · contribs)
  3. PierreSelim (talk · contribs)
  4. Ankry (talk · contribs)

See also[edit]