I merged an item on Wikidata and I was a bit puzzled because at https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.php?title=Q26308744&action=purge I got the question " Clear the cache of this page?" and I never had that with merging. I checked https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Special:ListGroupRights and sure enough "Purge the site cache for a page without confirmation (purge)" was still there. I'm logged in (and admin) so I should have that right. I see the same behavior on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:2016_Summer_Olympics&action=purge (normal user), https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:2016_Summer_Olympics&action=purge (admin) and https://nl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Olympische_Zomerspelen_2012&action=purge .
This looks a bit like T143372 , but that report is different. I guess recently the code around purging got changed and deployed. First time I've encountered this behavior is today (19 Aug), I see that I merged an item a couple of days ago (16 Aug) and I don't remember running into it.