I keep seeing rejection merges on my activity list.

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I keep seeing rejected merges when I never asked for them. Is that an automatic thing? I have yet to get one saying it was accepted. Just wondering.
in Genealogy Help by Paula Wilson-Case G2G Crew (500 points)

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Hi Paula,

This is a bit confusing. We're planning to remove those notices from Activity Feeds.

What they're doing is telling you that X and Y were rejected as matches. That is, Y came up as a potential match for X, and some user said that they were not the same person.

What makes it a bit confusing is that setting "Rejected Matches" in this way is tracked in the same manner as rejected merge proposals. If you had proposed that X and Y were a match but some other user rejected it, that would be the same thing, a "Rejected Match." Really, the latter I think you want to hear about in your Activity Feed. The former is probably just noise.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
I'm pleased to hear the explanation because I got one of those, too, and couldn't figure out why I got it as I knew the two people weren't the same and wouldn't have requested a merge so I was baffled.
Hey Debby. This might already be clear, but there is a benefit in having that other person say X and Y are not matches. They're being set as Rejected Matches. That means that they next time you or anyone else is looking for matches for X, Y will not come up. This is also the logic for why they were included in Activity Feeds in the first place. You might disagree that they are not matches, since you didn't set them as Rejected Matches earlier.
Chris - In addition to maybe disagreeing, I like to see the rejected matches so that I can check out the "close" name - I found a couple of matches that way (e.g., didn't match the one profile, but was in the same line and matched the uncle or nephew).  At this point, I have so many lines of pursuit that I'm working, it's nice to get a notice of the rejection to point me in a new direction (I do periodically check the rejected matches in my direct lines, but I've usually done the rejecting for them; a new rejection can lead to a new-found cousin who's currently active in WikiTree). Just my .02 on why to keep those notices in the activity feeds.  Cheers, Liz

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