What does "Object: @M11860@" mean?

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I'm wading through editing a messy GEDCOM Import and find these all over. They are not present in a clean non-GEDCOM Profile.

WikiTree profile: William Elmer
in Policy and Style by W E G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)

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I believe they were attachments to the original software. Attachments don't carry over in a gedcom. They are meaningless now, so feel free to delete them.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Brett Rutherford

It is part of the gedcom format that functions the same way a WikiTree ID does here.  The gedcom import process is supposed to use that information to connect parents and children, but not display it as part of the biography or sources.  Anne's answer about meaningless is right on - it should have been meaningful ONLY to a computer, not to a human being.

Attachments, or merely references "linking" one data field to another.

Outside of the originating program, they become meaningless.

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