In 2012, a question was asked about the installation of VMWare player. Some months later, fossfreedom merged that question into How do I install VMware Player?. But in the latter one, the questioner wants to custom-patch VMWare with a custom script they have, and the accepted answer is about how to do that, not about the much more common situation of wanting to install VMWare.
The latter said question is now a duplicate target for numerous questions. Although the title appears general and Eliah Kagan's answer explains how to perform the installation, according to Thomas Ward's comment,
most users won't see it because they never read past the original accepted answer on dupe posts.
I also agree with this.
Also, I believe it wasn't appropriate to merge those questions because they aren't exact duplicates. Should these questions be unmerged? If so, can mods please request SE staff to un-merge those questions so that things would be where it they're supposed to be?
Footnote: According to Shog9's post:
If a moderator becomes convinced that a merge was inappropriate, they can ask one of us (SE team) to help unmerge / clean up the mess.