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Allow Linked To Column in Self-Referencing Tables

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6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator
Status: New Ideas
What is the proposed idea/solution?

If I link records in TableA to records in TableB via a "Link to another record" field, I get a column in each table reflecting the link. So I can look at the row in Table B and see which records from Table A link to it.  However, as of now, when linking to another record in the same table I can only see on Record A that it links to Record B and Record C I link to -- there is no corresponding field on Record B or Record C that shows the records that link to it.  Thus, I cannot run a rollup or look on the fields linking to me. 

How does is solve the user problems?

This is valuable for modelling two-way markets.  For example, I buy a lot of commodity in Record A.  I sell some of the lot in Record B and the rest in Record C, it would be extremely time-saving to be able to link Records B + C each to A, as "from lot A", then to have a field on A which shows the sold quantity (Rollup of quantity from linked Records B + C). 

To accomplish the same today, you have to enter Record B + C, then open Record A for editing and put the link there -- greatly slowing data entry. 

Who is the target audience?

Anyone linking records within the same table who wants to be able to calculate aggregates. this seems to be a common enough question on the forums to have elicited some long frustrated chains. 

6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

This is really something with a lot of value. But don’t get you hopes up. I believe this has been a big requested from users for years and years now.

18 - Pluto
18 - Pluto

You could try using a script with an automation as a workaround?  @kuovonne has a script just for this purpose here: