User_talk: Beland

On 01:08, July 2, 2008

Loiswade42Lois Wade said:

Hi Christopher,

You're doing very helpful things, and I can tell that your intentions are good... that's the primary qualification you need here. Thank you for that! I am happy to have you here, and I thank you for letting me work with you on this. Let's see if I can summarize the accepted norm and the reasoning behind it for you...

We only merge if the titles are nearly exact. Titles like "Stock a makeup kit" and "Fill a make up kit" would get merged.

A title that was only similar... let's say "Fill a makeup kit with environmentally friendly products" would NOT be merged with the above. Even a title such as "Fill a makeup kit for African Americans" would not be merged.

We don't go by the content. We go by the title... because... this being a wiki... we expect that with slightly different titles, someone will come along and fill in more information that is specific to each title, making the content of the two less and less similar over time.

Merging does not help this gradual collaborative growing process... it restricts growth to fewer titles. That's why we're so chary of merging similar titles.

In the painting group of titles... We have Paint a Room, Paint a Room in Your House, and Prepare a Room for Painting. While all of these are on the same topic, they are not duplicates worthy of merging. The only two I would even *consider* merging would be Paint a Room and Paint a Room in Your House. And those two, I'd be inclined to leave "as is" because not all rooms that get painted are in your home... some are in offices, warehouses, and what have you.

Furthermore, the one about getting a nice even edge that got redirected? , I would probably suggest retitling to something about getting an even edge while painting walls and ceilings instead of deleting content and merging it to paint a room. Because, again, we're all about growing content, not shrinking it or restricting it.

Follow me so far? Does this clarify?

Again, thanks for working with me on this. You're doing well overall andthe community is glad that you're here and making edits for the betterment of wikiHow! Thanks!

On 13:11, July 2, 2008

Loiswade42Lois Wade said:

That sounds like an excellent idea. Go for it!

On 13:16, July 2, 2008

Loiswade42Lois Wade said:

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Your contributions are appreciated.
Thanks for making wikiHow a special place to be.

Thank you for putting your thoughtful efforts into an area that needs it... merging.
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