I was out of town for over half of the month of November due to a family emergency. When I returned I found four requests for merges of one of my profiles and another user's profiles. In addition, I knew there were three merges that I had just begun to work on when we got the phone call that necessitated our trip. Also in addition, I found that a family member had joined WikiTree, created several duplicate profiles with my own, then closed his account.
Now I suppose these could have been managed if just the one merge was all that was required. However, in all cases save one, there were spouses and children to merge. In one instance I worked on the merge but there was a discrepancy between the mother's date of birth and the child's. I knew it would take additional research to determine if either or both dates were correct. I had to stop and keep my therapy appointment. I also had another medical appointment the next day. So I left a Public Comment on both profiles stating what happened and that I would work on it again when I returned home after my medical appointment. When I called up the profiles I found that someone had already completed the merge. I could only assume that the merge was too critical to wait a half-day for me to return home from seeing my doctor. I sincerely hope they did the necessary research on the mother's and child's dates of birth.
I am way behind on my Christmas shopping and so far my husband has done all of the decorating by himself. So, I'm asking could we please have a moratorium on merge requests until 15 Jan? I think most WikiTree members will be reasonably recovered by then.