Name correction always preserve previous name on existing credits, even when they're wrong

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When making a name correction, you have the option to select "Preserve previous name on existing credits". However, even when this option isn't selected - because the name was entered incorrectly in the first place - the previous name is still preserved, like "(as Previous Name)", creating lots of incorrect credits, why?

A recent example is http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7258756/ which I corrected from Lily Wahlsten to Lily Wahlsteen, as that's how all credits appear on-screen. Still, "(as Lily Wahlsten)" was added to all credits, which meant I had to edit all of those again, removing the incorrect "as" attribute (right now it still says "(as Lily Wahlsten)", but that will hopefully disappear soon).

If I hadn't checked that the name correction went through, I would never have known about the incorrect "as" attributes, and they would have stayed in the database. Now that's very bad for data accuracy, with the database itself creating incorrect credits.
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Hi rederiet -

Thanks for reporting this issue, I have forwarded your report to out technical staff who will take a look as soon as they can.  Once I receive information about the status of this issue I will post the information here.

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Thank you.
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You stated :
When making a name correction, you have the option to select "Preserve previous name on existing credits".
You do realize that that option is selected by default, and you need to deselect it if you do not want the (as ...) attribute to be created?

The reason I was wondering about that is both because of the way you phrased the statement and because until a short time ago the system was the reverse, making the contributor reply to a extra warning if they wanted to maintain the current name.
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Of course I know that, but even if you de-select it and then confirm the warnings, the "as..." is still incorrectly added.
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Figured that was probably the case, but thought I'd ask just in case.
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Still same issue: I recently updated the name of Joel Lützow http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3710645/ from Joel Lutzow, which had been added incorrectly from the start. I de-selected the "Preserve previous name on existing credits" option and acknowledged the warning, still incorrect "as Joel Lutzow" attributes were added to all credits which didn't previously have "as Joel Lützow" (they should have, but many users just don't care about adding "as" attributes, especially when they contain foreign characters like "ü").

Seriously, why is there even an option not to preserve previous name on existing credits when it doesn't work?? Now I have to remove the incorrect "as" attributes added by IMDb manually, just the right way to maintain a huge database like this.

Edit: I've now removed them manually (there's still one "as Joel Lutzow" remaining).
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I have seen this happen too. My assumption was that the editors had chosen to override the contributor's selection, but it would be nice to know if it's a technical issue.

It is probably a good idea to use the explanation field to explain why you believe the attributes should be omitted when you submit a name correction.