Do you know why the Famicom doesn't have its own individual article like Super Famicom? According to the page history, it was just merged in 2009. I asked Astrogamer a few days ago, but I think he is busy. I'm just asking because, if it's not forbidden, I'd like to restore its original form and expand it.
That was waaay before I was ever involved in the wiki but I can make an educated guess. I just checked the Super Famicom article and if anything. Given how little there is in it, it could be merged with the SNES one for the sake of streamlining the wiki. The Super Famicom article dates from 2006 so it is probably just a remnant of the time when the Famicom one was still separated from the NES one.
One of the big problem of the wiki is that it has a lot of articles that were made for over 14 years and most of the ancients ones are not up to modern standards or are completely unknown to most users Admin included because stumbling upon them is almost just luck.
I am waiting for your potential reply in order to know if I could help you. Once I have seen it, I will probably merge the Super Famicom and SNES articles for the sake of continuity since it containt pretty much nothing that couldn't just be added to the SNES article.
Well, my idea is to restore the original Famicom article and expand it with technical specifications, the history how it was initially recalled due to the square buttons, the piracy due to lack of a lockout chip like the NES, the issues with publishers that took offense to Yamauchi revoking their ability to publish their own cartridges, the mappers exclusive to the Famicom, reception in Japan and how it changed the perception of games there. In general, to focus on the Japan aspect that's not covered in the NES article.
You could probably do that in the development section of the article, it already talks a about the history of both versions of the systems and the specs. I skimmed through the article and it seems to be constructed in a way that it would be too much trouble to separate them since almost every sections take into consideration the fact that it is two different systems. If you are able to provide more context to the history of the Famicom in the section of the SNES dedicated to the development of the system then go ahead, it's welcomed. In most cases, it's better to add information on an article with an established scope than to desperately butchering the content to make new smaller articles with a different scope.
Ok. Then I will do that in the following weeks, I'll expand the main NES article with info about the Famicom. If it eventually expands too much and/or proves to be better suited for a stand-alone page, the staff can decide if it's kept in the NES one or if it deserves its own article. As for the Super Famicom and the SNES ones, they are outside my scope at the moment, so I'll leave them up to you. Thanks for your quick replies.