Spurious "credited as" when an actor is renamed to merge with existing entry

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Occasionally I find that a cast entry has been mis-transcribed, creating an actor entry who has just one title. In such a situation I rename that actor to the correct one, merging the one-credit mis-spelled name into the many-credits correctly-spelled name.

I've noticed that whenever I do that, even though I don't tick the "preserve original name" box, the credit always ends up "correctly-spelled name (as mis-spelled name)" in the title and actor credits.

An example is "Les Dove" (190407-195348-780000)

  • Dove, Les
    • Name Correction or Merge - Add
      • Correction: Dove, Leo

who should have been Leo Dove, as verified from the on-screen titles of the episode of "Then Churchill Said To Me". On occasion I even added an explanation of "I've not ticked the 'Preserve name' box, so don't add a 'credited-as'", but to no avail: Leo Dove has an entry "- The Goose Has Landed (1993) ... Soldier (as Les Dove)".

It looks as if there's a fault in the processing of that "preserve" box when actor entries are merged.

I've since submitted a correction 190409-092426-554000

  • Dove, Leo
    • Actor Credits - Replace
      • Old -
        Title: "Then Churchill Said to Me" (1982) {The Goose Has Landed (#1.5)}
        Character: Soldier
        Attribute: (as Les Dove)
        Order: 10
        New -
        Title: "Then Churchill Said to Me" (1982) {The Goose Has Landed (#1.5)}
        Character: Soldier
        Order: 10

Incidentally, "Then Churchill Said To Me" is toe-curlingly awful, even by Frankie Howerd standards :-(
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Hi Martin, im sorry that you have been having an issue with your submissions. I have checked the submissions you referenced, I myself processed the merge request for Les Dove and I apologize that I made a mistake and did not fully understanding your intentions from your submission comment - you mentioned a transcribing error but I wasnt sure if you meant the credits were wrong or the contributor to IMDb was wrong.

When dealing with name corrections and merges we often err on the side of caution and manually correct submissions to preserve previous credited names. The reason is that many people incorrectly untick the box either to censor names or through misunderstanding of policy (although I am not implying that this apply to you). 

We manually process every request and aim to apply them all accurately, however sometimes we get it wrong may I ask that you try and include a clear comment as to why you do not want to preserve previous names e.g. The name is spelled correctly in the credits as ... but wrong on IMDb, please do not preserve previous credits.

Again my apologies for this, I will try to ensure that it does not happen again.