The days of anonymously requesting bad merges on foursquare are over. Foursquare today rolled out a change to the merge venue tool that makes superusers accountable for the merge requests they make.
Foursquare, of course, has always known which user requested a merge and could look it up in case of a complaint, but today’s change means that all superusers (SU2+) can now spot the rogues that repeatedly submit bad venue merges. Their name and a link to their profile is clearly shown in the merge venue queue.
Under the old system, the superuser find the merge above in the queue would (hopefully) choose “Don’t Merge” and move on, since gates are considered valid venues. Now there’s an opportunity for a little gentle user education for the superuser who submitted the bad merge request.
In addition to showing who requested the merge, the page also shows the number of checkins and the category to help determine if the merge should be made. Automatically moving the pin is also now turned off if a human has previously edited the venue pin.
Adding the requester is a nice addition that offers a way for superusers to help police their own. What do you think of the change?
/Thanks to @ack154 for the heads up