Why does Pending Merge date show a current date when it was proposed quite a while ago

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While reviewing the Pending Merge list, I have found some that look like they were proposed in the last few days, some with Default Approval for one or both profiles, but Change Log shows they were proposed quite a while ago.  The Pending Merge list is shown in order by this 'Last Updated Date', so some of these very old Pending Merges are at the end of the Pending Merge List, instead of at the beginning of the list, if it was sorted by the Proposed Date. Current Pending Merge List shows both of these examples with 'start=4000'

Example 1 - Childress-1222 shows a date of Mar 10, 2019 at the bottom of the profile, but Change Log shows Proposed Merge was done Aug 12 2018.  It is proposed with a profile that is Private, but that should not have any affect of the Merge Proposal date.  Both of these profiles have recorded their approval

Example 2 - Knudsen-111 shows a date of Mar 10, 2019, but the Proposal was done Apr 5 2018.  Changes Log shows no update to either profile after Jul 2018. Both of these profiles are showing Default approval which doesn't make sense if the Proposal was Mar 10, which is shown by the Last Update date.  

Why is the Merge Date being changed?
in The Tree House by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (361k points)

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The date that you see is the date of the last action related to the merge. It could be the date that the merge was approved by a profile manager, or maybe the date that someone tried to complete the default-approved merge. If the merge has been approved, it will retain its approved status until someone manages to complete the merge.

If someone rejects it or changes it to an unmerged match, and the merge gets proposed again, the 30-day clock for default approval will start all over again.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
There are quite a few merges that have default approvals for both profiles but with recent last update dates, that is what seems questionable, since they are now pushed to the ‘end’ of the pending merge list.  If a merge is approved near the default time, it is better to not approve it, since that pushes it further down the list, which doesn’t seem correct.  If someone looks at the compare and decides they don’t want to do it at that time and that also pushes it down to the end, also doesn’t make sense.   Maybe the list shouldn’t be using that date as the sort order.
When you look at a profile and think it should be merged, you look at the bottom to initiate a merge.  If you see that it is in a pending merge with a recent date, most people would probably not think it could be completed. I think it would be more helpful if the date was the date of the proposal, so people would realize it might have been approved already.  Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if the merge is approved when looking at the proposed merge.

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