Wikipedia:Requests for history merge

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This page is used for listing requests for history merges or history splitting of pages. For relatively simple cases where history merge is required, the destination page should be tagged with the {{histmerge}} template. This page should be used for requesting very complex merges, merges involving more than two pages, history merges of deleted pages, or when the use of the template is otherwise inadequate or where its usage would cause problems.

This page was originally for listing cut-and-paste moves which could not be repaired due to a then-extant technical limitation. The limitation has since been removed, but this page is still available if you find a cut-and-paste move, and are not able to repair it yourself (there is a procedure for doing it, but only administrators can do it, and it is a bit tricky!).

Administrators need to read Wikipedia:How to fix cut-and-paste moves and Wikipedia:Requested moves/Closing instructions.

The procedure

  • Place a {{histmerge|NAME OF PAGE THE ARTICLE WAS CUT FROM}} template at the new location of the article which has been moved through cut and pasting, i.e. on the article where the pasting was done.
  • If the issue is clear-cut (straight up cut-and-paste move to a better title), having the template on the page should be enough. In more complex cases (explained at Wikipedia:How to fix cut-and-paste moves), please leave a description of the problem under the "Repair requests" section.
  • An administrator will look over the pages and perform whatever tasks are necessary.
  • Once this is done, the admin may post the result here.

Repair requests

New requests

Queried requests

Completed requests

Completed requests August 2018

Completed requests July 2018

Completed requests June 2018

Completed requests May 2018

Rejected requests

Rejected requests August 2018

Rejected requests July 2018

  • Due to the World Cup (and while I was off the grid), the page World Football Elo Ratings (A) has had some novice edits, leading to almost all of the history of the page being at Elo Rating System for football (B), which now redirects to A. Unfortunately, the archive (2006 to 2018) of the talk page is absent from both talk pages, as talk page A redirects to talk page B. The archive is at, but currently is not linked to from anywhere. So I'm reluctant to just add a histmerge to the top of "World Football Elo Ratings".
    • In case this helps, here's what happened: an editor removed most of the page on July 4. In response, on the 9th, another editor (a brand new account; I suspect the same person as IP moved the remnants of the page to B and copied a July 2 version of the page to the original name space A over the redirect. Both pages received some edits, but then a third editor made B a redirect to A.
    • Good luck! Afasmit (talk) 03:19, 18 July 2018 (UTC)
    • I've fixed the talk archive issue myself (after the talk page somehow changed from a redirect to the talk page for B to a normal talk page) and added a histmerge request to the top of the page. Afasmit (talk) 21:50, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
      • @Afasmit: If this means "please history-merge Elo Rating System for football to World Football Elo Ratings", sorry, they are WP:Parallel histories after 12:51, 9 July 2018. This is a history-fork. Rejoining one history would need cutting another history. I have put a history information box in Talk:World Football Elo Ratings. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 22:37, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
        • @Anthony Appleyard: The Elo Rating System for football page was very short-lived. There were just a couple of updates following match results after user Txikon ill-adviced redirect and copy/paste on July 9 and before it became a redirect itself again on July 16. The editor of one significant edit later implemented the same edit on the World Football Elo Ratings page. Is it possible to attach the old history (from December 2005 to before July 9 2018) to the page with the stable name? The current warning on the talk page ("The edit history of World Football Elo Ratings started as a copy from page Elo Rating System for football.") is a bit confusing as the edit history started in 2005 as a page called World Football Elo Ratings after all. Most editors may miss it anyhow. And does it get archived by lowercase sigmabot III after 90 days?Afasmit (talk) 23:28, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
    • @Afasmit: Sorry, not suitable. At the start of 9 July 2018 the edit history of Elo Rating System for football is running steadily at about 14,218 bytes, and the edit history of World Football Elo Ratings started at 137,186 bytes as very different text. Some small amount of text from Elo Rating System for football may have been copied across into World Football Elo Ratings at start of 9 July 2018, but that is not the same as a total cut-and-paste move. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 05:37, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Rejected requests June 2018

Rejected requests May 2018

See also


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