Long-time fan…yet… this one thing has always perplexed me…
Why can someone that ONLY has ‘view access’ to a base… can then go duplicate that entire base with all the records and then become the owner of it… all while having no audit trail of who did it.
I don’t know about you but I put lots of time building my Airtables… building out custom workflows, app dashboards, syncing tables from other bases, in-depth field descriptions, specific views and putting accurate information in there to collaborate, communicate and grow with others.
It is IP that an organization builds, putting countless hours into perfecting… yet anyone with ‘view’, ‘commenting’, ‘editing’ or ‘creator’ access can take that IP with no accountability.
Basically, I would like to significantly reduce who has access to 'duplicate a base’
- Only the 'Owner" access should be able to duplicate the base: not the creator, editor, comment or view access.
- Additionally add an audit trail to who duplicated the base.
- Maybe even giving specific users ‘this person can duplicate or not’ but I think the owner simplification would be more than sufficient.
Without this option, it is such a security shortcoming that it limits the number of users I have using Airtable. And I want to tell everyone in the world about Airtable… Airtable has given me a way to organize my thoughts / systems that I didn’t know was possible.
I love the origin and root behind open source programs but please let me have the option to make it open source or not. That is like someone having access to your CRM and with one button, can duplicate all customer records and how they all interact with each other.
- As an account admin I would like control of who can duplicate our base and it’s contents. if someone can duplicate, I want a record of who did it and when.
Resources I am aware of
- Duplicating Bases - No mention on how to avoid this
- Yes I know you can send over ‘views’ to people to mitigate this issue… you can send over forms so they can add records to it… grids / galleries with only the information they need to know.
I desperately hope I am wrong and this indeed is actually a possible feature that I have missed.
With appreciation and admiration for Airtable & it’s community,