This article helps our Volunteer Squad keep the database clean and consistent! It pertains to members who have Coordinator access and above. If you're interested in getting involved, read more about joining the Squad here. We'd love to have you aboard!

If you find duplicate Database Items, they can be merged together by a Squad member with the Coordinator role. If you are not a Coordinator, please flag the duplicate item and include the HDBID and URL of the item it should be merged into.

How to Merge

To merge items go to Curation > Manage Database Items and find the two items to merge (if you need to merge three items, merge two first and then merge the remaining two). We'll call the item to keep "Item A", and we'll call the one that will be merged into it "Item B". Mark both with the selection sliders in the lefthand column, click the Batch Actions button, then click Merge:

You will then see the Confirm Merge page with the two items side-by-side. Several item attributes will be shown in a list below each photo. Select Keep this item on the Database Item you want to keep (Item A). If Item B has attributes you want to transfer to Item A you can select the attribute's radio button below item B. Each attribute must have a selection on one of the two items.

The photos, collection items, Marketplace listings, Wish List items, and Price Points from Item B will be automatically transferred to Item A.  

IMPORTANT: Some of the item attributes are not available to select on the Confirm Merge page. Be sure to visit Item B's database page to see if there is any additional information, like the Description, External Links, or other attributes, that we don't want to lose. You need to manually transfer any additional information from Item B by entering it on Item A's edit form.

To keep things as fair as possible, the Squad member who added the older of the two items will be set as the creator of the merged item.