Forums will be making significant UX changes to address key usability improvements surrounding search, discoverability and navigation.
To learn more about these changes please visit the announcement which can be found
The reason for this is Merge uses triggers and tracking tables in the publication and subscription databases to synchronize changes between publisher and subscribers. The distributor plays a smaller role in Merge compared to Transactional or Peer-to-Peer,
only storing metadata and synchronization history.
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