Airtable is a powerful platform for organizing and managing data, but sometimes it's necessary to restrict editing for certain users or categories of users. The ability to block editing at the record-level or cell-level would greatly enhance the security and integrity of data stored in Airtable.
This feature would allow administrators to specify which users or user groups can edit or view a record or specific cells within a record, based on the value of a specified cell. For example, if a record represents an invoice or bill that has been paid, the administrator could prevent any further editing by users who are not authorized to modify paid invoices. This would ensure that the data remains accurate and protected from accidental or intentional changes.
Use Case: An organization uses Airtable to manage its financial accounts. Once an invoice is marked as "paid," the administrator wants to prevent anyone other than the accounting department from editing the record. The administrator sets up a rule in Airtable so that when the "Status" cell of an invoice is set to "Paid," only members of the accounting department can edit the record. This protects the integrity of the financial data and ensures that only authorized users can make changes.