How to refer to a section of a paper excluding sub-sections, without using section numbers?
For my example text:
3 Example section
Example section text
3.1 Example subsection
3.2 Example subsection
I would like to comment on the example section text, without the comment including subsections 3.1 and 3.2. You might call it section 3.0, but the sections might change place in the future so such a reference would be short-lived. What is a word or succinct way to refer to this implied subsection? For example, I might like to say
[the implied subsection] had some good points.
For my particular use case, I would like to leave a commit message that looks something like this
Review [label of section 3]
while making clear that the subsections are excluded, without the message being too long.