Questions can be merged into other questions.

  • What is a merged question?
  • When should questions be merged?
  • Who can merge questions? How do I request it?
  • What happens to merged posts?
  • Anything else I should know about merged questions?

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What is a merged question?

A merged question is a question where a moderator has chosen to move its answers to another question, because it is an exact duplicate of another and has good answers that would be useful on the target. Merged questions are also locked to prevent edits.

When should questions be merged?

Questions should be merged if one question is an exact duplicate of another (i.e., when its answers would make perfect sense on the other question), and its answers are high-quality and valuable enough to be included on the other question itself, so that good answers aren't forked across multiple copies of the same question.

In order to merge a question, the question to be merged must first be closed as a duplicate of the intended merge target.

Note that the only significant benefit that merging offers over just closing a question as a duplicate is that it moves the answers from the merged question over to the main question. If there are no useful or valuable answers to be preserved, there is no point in merging the question, and requests to do so will likely be declined.

Who can merge questions? How do I request it?

Only moderators can merge questions. If you believe a question should be merged, first vote or recommend closure flag to close it as a duplicate, and wait until the question gets closed as a duplicate. Once it is (or if it already is), flag the question for moderator attention, clearly explaining that the question should be merged and that it fits the guidelines in the above section.

What happens to merged posts?

Merged question / merge stub

  • A notice is added, stating that the question has been merged, along with the merge target.

  • All of the answers on the merged question are removed (even for 10k+ users).

  • The question is locked.

  • As the question is closed as a duplicate without answers, it automatically redirects to the target question for anonymous (logged-out) users.

  • If the merge stub gets deleted, it will redirect to the target post for users who don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts. This applies even if the ?noredirect=1 parameter is used.

  • Bookmarks on the merged question are cleared and transferred to the target question.

  • The following is added to the edit history:

    Post Merged (source) to example.com

Target question

  • All of the merged question's answers, including their votes and comments, become answers to the target question. Non-deleted comments on the merged question are moved to the target question.

  • Users who bookmarked (favorited or starred) the merged question will be automatically bookmarked to the target question.

  • The following is added to the edit history:

    Post Merged (destination) from example.com

Anything else I should know about merged questions?

  • The merge stub question is locked to prevent edits to its content that would make the merge no longer make sense. If you need to make edits to it for any reason (e.g. it uses a tag being removed as part of a community cleanup, it has a broken link serving malware, etc.), flag it for moderator attention and clearly explain the problem.
  • As merged questions are locked, they are exempt from the Roomba autodeletion criteria as those exclude locked questions (except those locked as migration stubs or rejected migrations).
  • Votes on the merged question do not get imported into the master question
  • If a question with answers is merged into a community wiki question, the answers will not be automatically converted to community wiki.
  • If a merge stub that was originally migrated from another site is deleted, it does not cause the migration to be marked "rejected" as it normally would in most cases.
  • User reputation is unaffected when a question is merged. Users who asked or answered the merged question retain their reputation as-is. Answers to the merged question can gain additional reputation after getting migrated to the target question.
    • If the merge stub is later deleted, the asker will lose the reputation they earned from it unless it had a score of at least 3 and was visible for at least 60 days (the normal criteria for reputation retention).
  • If the merge stub has an accepted answer, it is unaccepted when it is moved to the target question.
  • Prior to June 2010, a stub was not left behind when merging questions, and instead the original question was hard-deleted (removed from the database, not visible to 10k+ users).
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    What happens to the votes on the question? Commented Feb 11, 2018 at 3:25
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    @ivan_pozdeev They are not imported; a Travel.SE mod just checked this and edited this. Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 8:04
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    What happens to the accepted answer of the merged question? I guess it becomes unaccepted? Does its author lose the 15 reputation?
    – wimi
    Commented Feb 17, 2020 at 7:52
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    @wimi Yes. It just happened to me and I came here to check what the rules say
    – beeshyams
    Commented May 31, 2020 at 12:07
  • What if the users (asker or answer(s)) have no account in the community where the question to be merged?
    – hafiz031
    Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 16:25
  • Why editor's name is removed after merging? Even if the edit was done before merging?
    – hafiz031
    Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 16:27
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    @hafiz031 It seems you're confusing merging with migrating; see its relevant FAQ post. It states what will happen if users who participated in the post don't have an account on the target site, as well as the fact that there's a link back to the revision history on the origin site which works even after it's deleted there. Commented Dec 3, 2021 at 4:19

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