In a merge, some facts are shaded green because they are deemed to be the same as another column. These boxes are then not selectable to be kept. The determination of sameness is occasionally wrong and sometimes does not reflect the ideal.
In matching names, for example, a longer name is usually selected, and the shorter version is not selectable for keeping. So a recent merge, the name "Joseph Doty Doten" was pre-checked, and "Joseph Doty" was green but not selectable. Unchecking the longer name resulted in a page with empty name fields requiring an edit to put in "Joseph Doty" back in because it could not be checked. If the longer name had been checked it still would have required an edit to change it "Joseph Doty".
Even in more normal cases, there is frequently considerations such as upper case, extraneous text, etc., the means one would sometimes like to explicitly check the green fact and uncheck the computer's chosen value.
The color coding is useful, but this is just to suggest that more explicit control over selecting and deselecting all facts would be good. --Jrich 14:59, 22 January 2012 (EST)
I agree - I have encountered the same problem several times. --Jhamstra 15:34, 22 January 2012 (EST)
Agreed! Am currently reviewing a GEDCOM with recent tweaks that cannot be selected because the computer has deemed them green. Bummer! --janiejac 19:55, 28 March 2013 (EDT)
This problem persists! All my recent fixes are not being updated. And who is going to remember which ones didn't get updated to go back and fix them a second time! So the system is allowing known small problems to remain in spite of my fixes. --janiejac 14:45, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
I had hoped this would be fixed by now, but it appears hopeless. I tried to update a branch of the family with new info by uploading a small GEDCOM. But no, the system would not let me select the newer version of the pages (the old version was green) and I had to just delete the GEDCOM. And you wonder why folks don't stick around! The powers that be are looking at the big picture and ignoring the 'little' stuff that frustrates the user to the point of not coming back.
This suggestion has been implemented--Dallan 21:31, 4 November 2015 (UTC)