So, how many of you are tired of people merging your ancestor with a completely different person? Ignoring all of your attached sources, life sketch, notes, memories, etc.
I have recently started contacting some of the people that have done bad merges, asking what prompted the merge and explaining what they missed that should have tipped them off they were not the same people.
I find most are beginners, a couple didn't realize it wasn't "their" tree and affected everyone else. A couple were just nuts..."Well fur traders had multiple wives" This person merged every James McKnight he could find with the name Mary together. It did not matter that some were in Ireland, some England, some California, some PA..get my drift. He went on to tell me how "helpful" he was being. I explained he had merged over 10 families together and it took me over 2 days to fix and I probably missed some.
Another merged a bunch of families together using just the father's first name. There were 4 or five different surnames involved, I had to contact 2 others on FamilySearch to help me correct and again it took over 2 days and I am sure I missed a lot on that one. But I did my best to separate them at least back into their appropriate family units.
I HAVE AN IDEA, maybe FamilySearch should require everyone to do a tutorial on merging prior to giving access to this feature. It could be a simple online tutorial. They already have the How To section explaining the proper way to merge and why it is a complex process that should be done with care. It could be as simple as requiring them to read that.
I am sure there will still be errors in merging, but, maybe it would cut down significantly the number of bad merges if beginners did not have access to this feature without first learning a bit about the difference between your "own" tree on sites like Ancestry and a collaborative tree. And why it is so vital to read through the Source, Collaborate and Memory section PRIOR to doing a merge. And then paying close attention to EVERY SECTION on the merge page PRIOR to completing a merge.
I for one am very tired of wasting hours restoring people, moving children around, detaching and reattaching records, etc.
Thank you for you consideration. Any other ideas?