Can we develop a better way to track and manage merges?

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I spend a lot of time managing merges and find it hard to keep track of personal messages sent to profile managers asking for them to complete a proposed merge. Since this is a critical step in managing mmerges with unrepsonsive managers, it would be great to tie those personal messages to their merge proposals.

Thanks!
in WikiTree Tech by Michael Lewis G2G6 (8.7k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

5 Answers

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Best answer
OOOOH! I love the idea of an automated message.

If there was a script that sent out a message one month after a merge was proposed to any manager that had not responded, and then sent out another after a further 2 weeks, then another after one week, and then opened up the profile a week later the whole matter would automatically come to a resolution after 2 months.

This is much better that what we now face.
by Toby Rockwell G2G6 Mach 2 (25.1k points)
selected by Vincent Piazza
+2 votes

Hi Michael!  Thank you for joining us!

This may not be exactly what you had in mind, but I use Browse Matches to track my merge initiations.  I find the Merges Waiting on Me and the Merges Proposed By Me to be the most useful sections for my purposes.  

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
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The question I have is in tracking my personal messages to the profile manager and linking them to the merge proposal I have made. After a week or two, I can't remmeber which unmerged proposals I have written to!
by Michael Lewis G2G6 (8.7k points)
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When you go to the link Kitty mentioned - there is an option to click/view only merges you proposed as:   'Merges Proposed by Me'  That should at least get you to the proposals you made, but not necessarily the messages.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:BrowseMatches
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (741k points)
+4 votes
A week ago, I started putting a message on the manager's bulletin board and sending a private message at the same time. That way, I can use the timestamp of the bulletin board message as a reference, and it helps others to see that things are handled too. And today, I also copied the first page of my proposed merges to my word processor to administer things.

But now that I've done that, I feel so tired that I probably will not complete this procedure for the other 100 proposed merges ever, and rather give up on merging, because the process was made more difficult by WikiTree management some weeks ago.

Right now, it looks like WikiTree gives unresponsive managers an advantage by demanding us to send a bulletin board message and a private one for each and every profile that we want to merge. That was not the case for profiles older than 200 years, at least the form didn't demand that, but now the process has gone too difficult to look reasonable to me.

As far as I'm concerned we have a web server that can do this kind of werk. If it can list merges proposed by us, and sort those on date, it can also figure out which managers are unresponsive, and do the emailing for us. I say that, because I consider unresponsive managers to be a site problem, and not a personal one, like it seems to be now, with good willing people doing all the administrative work. That's what computers are for, aren't they?
by anonymous G2G6 Mach 2 (20.2k points)

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