Memory leak in Xcode 4.2 had three answers (2 of those 3 were the correct solution) as of 2 days ago. I came back to it this morning to see if the guy needed any more help or had updated/commented because he had not accepted an answer yet. Then I realized it has been merged with a completely different question (albeit by the same user) that had a similar title and tags: My program has a memory leak.
You can tell which 3 were answers to Memory leak in Xcode 4.2 as they all reference
[alert release] (which doesn't even make sense in the context of the merged question). Now the three merged answers look really dumb and any future readers of this post will be pretty confused (the answers will also start to receive unjustified downvotes) because they do not answer the merged question at all.
So, 2 questions:
- Should these have been merged just because of the similar titles/tags and same user?
- Is there any requirement for the person who is performing the merge to be proficient in the subject matter of the question (if there isn't, should there be)?
I realize that the user (alfred) has asked lots of other duplicate questions (that were correctly merged) since asking the 2 questions I am referring to here, but that shouldn't affect this situation with these 2 specific questions.
# Now that these are starting to generate comments what should be done with the answer (I'll leave a comment on the other 2 so they can do the same)?