I received a long mail from WikiTree matchbot proposing various merges of socalled "duplicates" - the only constant is that a) they all have the same years b) they might share a similar or same first, middle or last name c) one of the profiles will not have any parents attached. All of them I rejected.
This is worrying, because the profiles obviously have either different first and middle names, or last names. For example: Pretorius-2516 (L) and Maartins-1 (R)
I have counted these proposals: 9 in total. And that is me alone. I wonder how many inacurate / bad merges this surge in matchbot proposals will lead to across the WikiTree spectrum, if everyone will receive this today ... !?! See: Venter-6
* edit: added Space Bot Monitors project to this question now
it’s been running a bit wild since the change to the search parameter to add Unknown to the mix (it had previously always been excluded, so these had never been in any search). Pretty sure we got through all those before the next changes to the search parameters – ignoring space in a LNAB & a change on how first name/middle name were looked at. It’s gotten a bit ridiculous since then, but “this too [should] pass”.
Liz, [MatchBot MP]
There is only one other profile on WikiTree with the LNAB Maartins, confirmed by a marriage certificate: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Maartins-2 - taking that there might be also variations, perhaps one of the SAR-project members could look into that (there must be a familial link between the two Maartin profiles somewhere).
I do not think however (even considering that the spouse had Martin as a second name), that even if they are duplicates (https://www.geni.com/people/Maria-Catharina-Elizabeth-Pretorius/6000000022216181061 seeming te be the source of the one married to Maarten), that seeing all the bad matches (merge proposls today) with the Venter genealogy (which even has experienced genealogists and secondary sources confused by all the in-marriage and faulty secondary sources - some dating back to 1887), that this one "correct" merge proposal (let say!) would prove the other nine proposals correct as well. The odds are against it.
I am on the Matchbot project and do some of the reviewing/rejecting of bad matches. I went through what was rejected this morning that I had in my inbox and tried to sort them into groups by reject reason.
0711 Matchbot Reject Reasons
That one threw me for a loop this morning as well. Usually there is at least one thing I can point to that they have in common besides year of birth but this one really didn't. They had the same year of birth but that is all that they had in common other than their first names both began with 'M'.
We have issues with matches not really matching but this one was really an outlier in having only year of birth match, usually some other fields match or are very similar.
I will make a note of this and continue to watch to see if we get more.