Accountability & Merges
Like everyone else, I get so frustrated with merges!
But I do wish that the merger's name was not automatically attributed to much of the information on the survivor's profile page.
Many descendants have done a lot of research and have really studied in order to provide the best details for an ancestor. In many cases, their names completely disappear during a merge. If I did the merge, I get the "credit" for most things on the survivor's page. In many cases, that's not fair to the descendant who worked hard to supply the original information.
In other cases, I don't even want the credit for information that comes over in a merge when that information is something that I can't confirm. I don't want that responsibility for information that might not even be correct. Likewise, when someone merges an ancestor that I have spent 70 or more hours studying, my name disappears, and their name automatically appears on most of the details. I often think about how that patron can't possibly respond to questions and concerns that I could readily answer. But descendants no longer know to contact me because only the merger's name appears.
The same kind of thing happens when anyone adds something to an ancestor's Life Sketch, I might have spent hours creating a Life Sketch for an ancestor. Someone else might make a very small and insignificant change, but now their name appears as if they are responsible for all the information, and yet, they may barely know anything about the ancestor.
Would it be THAT difficult to allow patrons to have credit and responsibility for appropriate changes?