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How do I merge or report duplicate topics?
To report duplicate topic entries, simply hit the feedback button on the right side of any page to flag it and the Lunch team will take care of it shortly.  We encourage all Lunchers to report duplicate topics, so thank you to all those who do.  We really appreciate it!

If you have access to Lunch's topic merging tool, please follow the steps and best practices listed below.  Please make sure to read all directions carefully before attempting to merge topics.  The use of Lunch's topic merging tool is a privilege extended to the most active and trusted members of the Lunch community who are in good standing with the site.  Those who have this privilege will have received an email notification about it.

Steps to Merge Duplicate Topics
  1. On the duplicate topic that you would like to keep, hover over the "Actions" link towards the top right side of the page and then click on "Merge" on the drop down menu.
  2. Two columns will appear on a new page: one for Final Topic (left column) and one for Duplicate Topic (right column).
  3. In the right column, click on the duplicate topic that you would like to merge.  If you do not see the duplicate topic that you had in mind for whatever reason (topic name misspelling, etc), then search for it in the search box in that column.
  4. Copy and paste as much information from the right column to the left column as possible.  Choose the most appropriate wiki to keep.  Groups of tags can be directly copy and pasted from the right to left column as the commas will separate them.  However, attributes such as cast, or writers, etc, cannot be copy and pasted in the same way and must be copy and pasted one by one at this time.
  5. Hit "Save".
  6. If there are more duplicates of that topic, repeat from step 1 until there are none left.

Best Practices and Notes
  • Make absolutely sure that the topics that you are merging are indeed for the same exact topic.  ie, you're not merging a book topic into the movie topic of the same name, or you're not merging different editions of a book or movie into each other.  If in doubt, read the reviews, or hit the feedback button and ask for a second set of eyes.
  • Make sure to follow best practices guidelines for topic titles, topic title qualifiers and definitions.  Please read this FAQ about best practices for topic creation.
  • Always choose the topic that has the most attributes and overall information as the Final Topic in which other topics merge into.  This will save you a lot of time from having to copy and paste information from the Duplicate Topic column to the Final Topic column.
  • Always retain as much information from the wikis, attributes and tags, etc, as possible.
  • If in the case you cannot merge in one direction, you can try to merge in the opposite direction, or just send in which topics that you were trying to merge and in which direction to us through feedback and we'll take a look.
  • If you hit the save button for a merge and it takes you to the homepage, this is a sign that the merge was unsuccessful as it should take you back to the topic page.  Please let us know when this happens
  • If you hit the save button for a merge and a box pops up informing you that you were unable to merge because a member had posted reviews for both topics, please let us know.

If you have any issues with merging, again, please hit the feedback button and let us know.  Thanks!

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