Feature Requests: Automations—Named Script Actions, Re-order Actions, & Change Trigger Type

Hello, Airtable—I would like to request the following simple features for the automations section:

  1. A user should be able to name to scripts added as actions in automations, so that when users are looking at the overview in the “Steps” tab, they can easily see what each script is doing, without having to open up the code and read the code to figure it out.

  2. A user should be able to re-order actions in the automations screen.

  3. A user should be able to change the trigger to a different type after initial creation, not just update the previously selected trigger’s details. Currently a user has to create a completely new trigger, copy the contents and settings of the original trigger and each of its action steps, and then delete the original, all to just change the type.

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There’s only one explanation for these missing, but extremely obvious requirements.

The developers who created the automation features and the “product manager” who drove this addition have not used Airtable to build actual processes that require automation.

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Yeah.

For #1 I’ve just taken to documenting each script with JSdoc style header comments so I don’t have to “full screen” all my code blocks to remember which is which. But still… I have dozens of automations, some with 4+ steps in each, and it would be very nice to just glance at the titles and understand what the entire automation is doing, instead of just seeing “Run script…Run script…Run script…Run script”