@tanyastere - Thanks for the clarification. @PaulK FYI
Not to sound ungrateful for this functionality because I’m really happy to have it but I’m going to put in a feature request around this. The researcher will need the ability to decide which Marked Individual is the one that gets merged into. Some reasons would be: they may have an ID system that means Individual A isn’t the one they want to keep; they may have ID’s that relate to the social group the animal belongs to that requires the Individual specified be within that group’s set of numbers; they may just want to keep the oldest ID in a sequence, etc.
I know they can change the ID “names” after the fact but it’s a step they wouldn’t need to take if they could just select who gets merged into who.
An interesting example of the complexity of a system-generated arbitrary selection of which individual gets merged into which is illustrated by these 2 examples from our list:
Here, Individual 120 would be merged into Individual 5:
And here, Individual 5 would get merged into Individual 91:
In fact, the older record, Individual 5, which also has the highest # of encounters associated with it, would be the researcher’s choice in both instances (I had a working session with her this am).
I’ll copy this reply into the feature request area.