I would like to request a change in procedure for merging two profiles. My biggest frustration with wikitree is how messed up my tree gets by other users who do not merge “intelligently”.
Currently if someone initiates a merge they do not get any say in what information gets transferred to the merged profile. The person who does the final merge gets to decide what information gets transferred however the default is the newer information gets merged into the older profile.
What I have been finding is that usually the people initiating the merge know more of the facts for the profile but they get no control in the merge. The initiator is usually actively researching this particular profile and the final merger is usually responding to an email to approve the merge. The people who approve the final merge usually approve it with the default check marks so the wrong information is being re-written over profiles that have been corrected a number of times. The older profiles usually have the correct information because we have corrected them each time someone merges a new profile… aaugg! It becomes never ending.
I suggest that the initiator gets to choose what information becomes the default selections for the profile so that the person who makes the final approval can either approve the profile or question any of the selections.
One other thing that gets frustrating during a merge if there are different parents is one set of parents get lost. While sibling collect into a big pile of duplicates in a merge parents get abandoned and detached from their family tree. I have several profiles that used to have parents and children, and a family tree but now have none because of this process. They have become single profiles attached to nothing. Can we not somehow attach both sets of parents to merged profiles so that one set does not get orphaned? Yes this is procedural, and it is usually because someone does a quick final merge of a profile with the default settings.
It has become a lot of extra work to keep going back to profiles and putting the same information over and over because you get no say in what information gets merged. The only thing I can do now is to wait for someone else to initiate the merge of one of my profiles so that I can make sure the correct information is in the final merge.
My thoughts on making wikitree better…