What does "lock"ing a profile do?

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Now that profiles only merge one way (into lowest number), is there a reason to lock a profile?  As far as I can figure out, that's the only thing that locking a profile does (prevents it from being merged away).

in Genealogy Help by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (539k points)

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Hi Liz,

Check out http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Locked_WikiTree_IDs

You're right that protecting against http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Multiple_merges_and_redirects was the original primary purpose of locking, and when we later prevented profiles from being merged into higher-numbered IDs that purpose became moot. But the higher-number protection doesn't work if the LNAB is different. For example, unless Smith-1 is locked it could be merged into Van_Der_Smith-1001 or whatever.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Liz Shifflett
Plus it puts the big pretty historically significant badge on the profile!
There's still plenty of havoc you could create by merging - as you mentioned, you can merge it into a different last name; you could also merge it into someone completely different with the same last name but lower number - if someone merged Bush-7 (George H Bush) into Bush-4 (George W Bush) it would be a nightmare.  Or into Bush-1 (A private profile for "Kate Bush") for that matter.

The higher-number protection is a great feature but there's still plenty of reason for locked profiles.

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