What is happening to pending merges

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I am confused. Tried to do the top three pending merges awaiting action and all three gave me the message that the merge was approved by matchbot and merge was completed on May 4th. First, why are they still listed as pending and second how are merges getting completed by matchbot?
in WikiTree Tech by Anonymous Knight G2G6 Mach 3 (35k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Holly,

The matching functions seem to have bugs.  Very often, after merges are completed they still hang around on the pending list until someone makes a post here, like yours.  Then an admin goes and fixes it.

I don't think the matchbot is completing the merges - that's what gives the default approval after 30 days of inaction by a profile manager of one of the profiles being proposed for merge.  I suspect that someone - a real live WikiTree member completed the merge, but it's just still sitting there.

If you change the category of your post to WikiTree Tech and add the tags: "bug", "merges" and "admin" to it, it's likely to get faster attention.

THANX for posting about this seemingly never-ending problem!
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (780k points)
selected by Anne B
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Holly can you give the profile ID's please?
by Michelle Hartley G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
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Did it say that matchbot completed the merge or approved the merge?

Matchbot doesn't complete merges. Matchbot is a bot (script)  that crawls for duplicates. When dups are found a proposal is made.

Matchbot approved the merge because matchbot proposed the merge.

Possible reasons are Multiple windows open, not refreshing the page or a new bug.Sometimes merges hang for a while and need intervention to clear it. This happens once in a while but I don't see a huge issue. WikiTree has a huge database. Not unusual for small hangs like this one in a while. As far as I can tell the problem doens't reproduce itself on a regular basis.

If anyone has the same problem please let us know. Others posting the details helps track bugs.

Other questions about matchbot

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/65559/how-does-matchbot-work

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/65075/why-do-we-even-have-the-matchbot

 

by Michelle Hartley G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
edited by Michelle Hartley

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