We are getting more merger requests these days, most of them quite valid. As the site grows, we will probably see even more of them. They may need a little further discussion, however, as the same person often answers each of the questions involved in a merger.
How do we want to deal with mergers involving answers from the same persons spread across multiple questions involved in the merger? Here are a couple options:
- Leave all the answers alone, and let each one, even if they are from the same answerer, be voted up on their own merit.
- Copy the contents of one (or more, if there is more than two) into the other, and delete the ones copied. This should leave the rep in tact, however there is no way to actually remove the rep from the deleted answers and add it to the kept answer. Answer coherency may suffer, multiple edits or rework by the original answerer may be required.
- Keep only one answer, delete the rest, and do not merge content. Rep should be maintained, and only one answer, which should be coherent and useful, will remain.
It may be that we take it on a case by case basis, however there are currently few rules to work by regarding when we apply any given rule. Wiki answers would probably suffer least from option #1.