transclusion is a diff: it shows us how to get from one version to another & which pieces were preserved

transclusion is compression: when a piece of text is repeated but has A origin, we only store it once and we only fetch it once

transclusion is attribution: it concretely shows where we got ideas, and acts in of itself as a means of crediting the original sources

transclusion is a doorway to related documents: documents that transclude from the same source are visible

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