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An excerpt is a transclusion of part of an article (usually the lead section) into another article. Excerpts are made using the Template:Excerpt and have several benefits:

  • Reduce maintenance by avoiding duplicate content that must be updated multiple times
  • Improve content quality by encouraging editors to merge and reuse related content, rather than having multiple versions in various stages of development
  • Foster collaboration by channeling contributors to collaborate on one place, rather than having them work in parallel

How to use excerpts

Excerpts are often useful in sections that link to a more specific article using {{Main}}. Such sections are usually summaries of the main article, so their original content (if any) can be merged into the main article and the section replaced for an excerpt of the lead section. Doing so usually improves the main article as well as the section.

To replace a {{Main}} for an {{Excerpt}}, an efficient way to proceed is:

  1. Open the article with {{Main}} in one tab, and the main article in another (or in two screens, if you have)
  2. Edit both
  3. Copy the text of the section with {{Main}} and paste it after the lead section of the main article
  4. Delete repeated content and make adjustments using common sense
  5. Save the changes in the main article with an edit summary like: Merge content from [[Some article]]
  6. Back to the section with {{Main}}, delete all content and replace it for an excerpt
  7. Save the changes in the section with an edit summary like: Merge content into [[Main article]] and leave an excerpt

Other possible uses for excerpts are avoiding copy-paste of population tables, tournament scores, episode lists and other such resources.

See also

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