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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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Split File:Schönberg.jpg[edit]

In File:Schönberg.jpg there is a reverted version which should be split from the others if possible. For this version showing a building instead of a hill I suggest the name File:Schönberg (Vogtland).jpg (this was actually the name suggested by the uploader of this version who is not the original uploader). — Speravir – 02:38, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg On hold Jeez, another database error, just like in the topic below. Anyway, I moved the reverted version to File:Schönberg (Vogtland).jpg and then deleted it because it was duplicate of File:Bahnhof Schönberg, Straßenseite.jpg. --jdx Re: 19:15, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
✓ Done Restored. I had to upload the file with a different name and move it here and then restore the entire history. --Sreejith K (talk) 03:57, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. --Sreejith K (talk) 03:57, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

File:MTA Long Island Bus Orion VII Next Generation bus.jpg[edit]

  • Request: Split
  • Reason: Overwrite

Previous versions of this image are almost entirely in various locations in Nassau County, New York. All five version are the same make and model of bus, but not the same fleet number. The current version (File:MTA Long Island Bus Orion VII Next Generation bus.jpg;) which is in Amityville, in Suffolk County, New York should be kept in tact. Older versions should be named as follows;

The first three older versions have separate descriptions fitting each version. The fourth version never had a change in the description, and could be anywhere between Flushing Main Street (LIRR station) in the NYC Borough of Queens and Glen Cove, New York, which is in Nassau County, NY. This picture was taken in the days before the N21 route was truncated from it's previous western terminus with Flushing Main Street LIRR station to the current western terminus at Great Neck (LIRR station). A new description for the fourth version will be required. --DanTD (talk) 14:49, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg On hold I have started splitting but (usual) error occured [WqwRuApAMFgAAEDP4JUAAAAM] 2018-03-16 18:49:29: Fatal exception of type "Wikimedia\Rdbms\DBQueryError". We have to wait some time. --jdx Re: 18:56, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
Please, let me know when you get the other versions back. I don't think the original uploader would be too happy about this. Also, I'm going to hold off any other requested splits until the error is resolved. ----DanTD (talk) 20:54, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I've tried my best to bring back the files. Can you please verify? --Sreejith K (talk) 04:20, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. --Sreejith K (talk) 17:08, 19 March 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)

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