Geni again (for a time) allows non-pros to complete merges. So please visit your merge centers asap and do what you can to complete merges in the big tree. http://www.geni.com/list/tree_matches
Please let everyone else know about this terrific change.
Post a message if you have any problems or concerns.
Has anyone else tried and succeeded?
(Jill) Robinson - you can only accept a merge, not initiate a merge. If you want to post a merge you want, I can request it of you and you can see if you can accept.
Jill and Michael. Are you managers of the profiles that you are trying to merge? I really do not know any more than Geni announced, which was that non-pros could complete merges initiated by pros, so we are all trying to figure out exactly how it works. I am getting notices of merges so some people are figuring it out. Maybe you can hit "cancel" on the paywall screen and continue to the merge screen. It is hard for me to test, but please let us have as much information as possible so we can help figure it out.
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So, I tested with a non-pro account. I initiated the merge with my pro account. For some reason the merge was not in the merge center, no notification in the box either, but I did find it in the tree. I clicked on the blue button and went straight to the merge screen, no paywall. So I am not sure what was wrong for Jill and Michael. It worked for me. The non-pro account could complete the merge. Maybe they can show us the profiles that are causing the problem.
Randy, until Geni introduced restrictions a year ago Basic users could merge any family profiles as well as some others.
Clicking Cancel just takes me back to each of the pair of profiles to whose merger I've been asked to agree (I'm not the manager of any of them). The paywall has a Start Free Trial button but that has no effect unless credit card details are entered.
In my Merge Center I can see the requests for Profiles I manage or for Profiles in my Max Extended Family, and can approve either.
Would be good to hear from Geni-Staff and officially be told - for non-pros now - if ONLY Primary Manager can approve, if ANY Manager can approve but it must be a Manager, or if a non-pro is suposed to be able during this time to approve merges of Profiles in his Family Group even if not a manager.
Erica - I was asking to find out what the Non-Pros are supposed to be able to do now. (I am no longer a Non-Pro, so can't help you there.)
We already have their reports above and at http://www.geni.com/blog/todays-release-approving-merges-and-projec... that at least some of them cannot do what they believe is "accepting a merge request".
I can answer the primary manager question; that's only a communication tool, not a merge tool. I would think it makes no difference what view is being used to accept the requested merge. I would not think that non pro non managers can accept the merge request on behalf of family group members or collaborators.
Like I posted my question here: http://www.geni.com/blog/todays-release-approving-merges-and-projec...
Which ones they can complete and which ones only accept? Which filters they shall use in their Merge Centre? All Basic Users are currently replying that only thing they can see is Geni Pro Purchase proposal!?
The trial period is still going on. You can accept a merge request on any profile that you are allowed to edit. If you are seeing the upgrade message then most likely that is a profile that you do not have permission to edit. We are working right now on making accepting merge requests less confusing.
Prior to purchasing a PRO membership i took advantage of the 14 day free trial.
I can't remember if i used my credit card number or paypal, either way you actually get 15 days free and it is quite easy to cancel.
Provided you remember to cancel before the trial period ends there is absolutely no charge.
Michelle said, "You can accept a merge request on any profile that you are allowed to edit. If you are seeing the upgrade message then most likely that is a profile that you do not have permission to edit."
I trust her enough to believe the first sentence above is truly how it is supposed to be working right now. Non-Pros are supposed to be able to accept merges on Profiles they manage and on ones they do not manage that are in their Max Extended Family - any profile they can edit!!
However - my crystal ball says the problem may be due to a programming bug.
Suggest all the Non-Pros try to carefully catalog exactly what was/is involved when they try to merge - for example
a] are they Plus or Basic User
b] are both Profiles Public or both Private, or if one each, is the Private one the one on "their" side
c] are they a manager of the profile on "their" side?
d] is the profile on "their" side within their Max Extended Family?
e] did they get to the merge request from a blue circle on the Tree, or from their Merge Center? (are there other ways as well?)
All of the above, plus anything else you can think of that might make a difference - note down, and note if the merge went thru, or if you got an Ad for Pro. Some Non-Pros have succeeded in merging - so the more detailed we can get, the better chance if it is a programming glitch that it can be found and fixed.
Also do note
1] if you can edit the Profile you want to approve the merge on (if not, then do not expect to be able to do the merge)
2] check if the pending merge was approved by folks on the "other" side - if the ones approving it were on "your" side, then trying to add your approval will not help -- and is probably seen by the program as "requesting the merge" resulting in go to Ad for Pro rather than as accepting a merge.
3] Blue circles on the Tree View are Pending Merges - clear circle with a number in it are suggested matches - a Non-Pro is supposed to be able to complete the Pending Merge (blue circle), but will still get an Ad from the suggested matches (clear circle with number in it).