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This essay is for some general guidance of merging/splitting contents, and use of navigation templates (Navbars), in articles with hightly complementary contents (articles of the same-but-not-merged contents).
Some set if articles, as in the first two blocks of links of template:Crystallization or template:Black-box, are complementar ones, forming semanctic clustering or very closing nodes of a hypertext. The complementarity is managed in many forms:
- On manage/preserve the encyclopedic core content:
- use a side-bar (the navbar of the commom template) as a "table of content" (ToC) of the main content, a hub of the core content.
- priority over other sidebars.
- preservation of consistency of contents of the set of core articles.
- ensures the evolution of subject's core contents.
- enhance Wikipedata iniciatives.
- On edit contents and layouts:
- reducing duplicate or redundant content, merging parts in the adequate topic.
- split big article into sub-articles, whitout "lost of unit". They are clustered articles with a core subject.
- enhancing complementarirty and consistency of contents of the set of core articles.
- avoiding cumulative smothing of (encyclopedically) relevant topics, in merging processes of articles of the core set.
See also Wikipedia:Article series and Wikipedia:Summary style. The problem and approach here is about merge/split and a "ToC evidence" for the core articles... The core articles must be complementar and consistent.
In general the "ToC functionality" is accomplished by navigation templates located in the top-right corner of articles of the same core (same "part of a series"), and prominently displayed to readers:
Examples without systematic use, where the "function of table of contents" is not observed in all articles of the core. In general a solutions for less-clustered articles: