Come on Airtable, throw me a freakin’ switch! I (and many others) have been asking for this for over 3 years now! There’s been a US presidential election and a global pandemic in the interim, and all we’re asking for here is a wee little switch that does the ARRAYUNIQUE() function.
In case y’all forgot…
In the last two days I’ve implemented about six instances of the whole lookup—>rollup—>automated multiselect field. At an overhead of extra fields and at least two automations per.
Seems there are a bunch of other commonsense features that are missing, and complained of for just as long… :triumph:
(Some of which mirror this one, in that you need to use this trick to work around them. Like teasing items out of a multiselect into discrete single selects, so you can generate a kanban; rather than being able to specify which value in multi-select to use as the key when creating the stacked view…)
Is it correct that the rollup & automated entry on update workaround only functions for entering items into a choice select field, but not into a multiple link field? Even if the string matches when manually typing it into the link field?
If it matters, the Entry Grid is pulling from the Sync Grid in their mutual origin base and they are both sync’d to this destination base.
The project here is adapting Airtable’s sample “legal analysis” template so each instance of the template can draw upon a common source base relating points of law to their supporting cases and code sections.
The original discussion of this technique was talking about input to linked item fields, not choice fields, so I’m not sure what’s up with the behavior I’m seeing. I did have to use
SUBSTITUTE(ARRAYJOIN(ARRAYUNIQUE(values)), '"', '') in the rollup to strip the quotation marks that appear when manipulating sync’d data, as opposed to just
ARRAYUNIQUE(values) – does that have something to do with it?
The log appears to indicate permission errors, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense…
"Updating the record failed due to insufficient permissions.
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In the meantime, you can achieve similar functionality by creating a rollup field with the formula:
+1. This is pretty basic. I agree that the duplicates seem more like a bug than a feature - I guess maybe there's a use case where that would be helpful but I can't think of one. Adam Minich's workaround on page 3 seems like the best option, but still isn't great.
Just thought I would add myself to the dozens of users requesting the very simple solution of allowing us to filter out duplicates from lookup fields.
Very disheartening as a relatively new enterprise account manager that this functionality is not available, and that is has been requested for 3.5 years with no response from Airtable.