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Anomily Using Keyboard Method to Enter Sightings
Last Post 03/30/2019 11:58 AM by Jeff Jones. 2 Replies.
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Alex Borodayko
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03/29/2019 12:39 PM

    Hello Jeff,

    I added two new things to my personal "Creature" taxonomy using the Taxonomy Viewer "Add Thing to Taxonomy List " feature. For a location, I used the state (i.e., Michigan) (see screenshot). Don't worry about the thing being in red letters. I know what that is about and it did not affect the outcome.Everything was accepted and I went merrily on my way.

    When I tried to add a sighting for the just created thing using the keyboard method with location: North America, the SmartSearch did not find the thing and gave me something based on some key letters (see screenshot).

    When I tried to disable SmartSearch (Control / Arrow down) and type in the thing, I get a message about not allowing new values (see screenshot).

    I then tried the checklist method and that worked. I was able to find the new thing in the checklist and filled in the data.

    I tried one more thing. I tried adding the sighting using the keyboard method but used the state (i.e., Michigan) as the location. The thing was found and SmartSearch did not act up.

    So the question is why doesn't SmartSearch recognize that North America is the parent of Michigan?

    Should I have used North America as the location when creating the thing and later edit locations in the checklist editor (i.e., deleting North America and adding Michigan)?

    Regards, Al Borodayko

    Cypress, CA

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    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Posts:381


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    03/29/2019 4:41 PM
    Jeff,

    Just for the heck of it, I went into BD later this afternoon and I was able to enter sightings of the new things without a problem. And the mystery deepens.

    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA

    Jeff Jones
    Great Gray Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Posts:8512


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    03/30/2019 11:58 AM

    Hi Al,

    No mystery. BD caches the names of your last Keyboard Entry session if none of the parameters have changed (location filter, taxonomy, etc.). And therefore, the cached name list does not have your new things. 

    If instead, you Added New Things during your Sightings Entry using the Add Thing button, it will work correctly.

    That is the point of this button. Allowing you to add new things during sightings entry and continue on.

    If you add the new things in the Taxonomy Viewer, then you will need to change the Sightings Entry parameters just once to refresh the name list. Not intuitive, but that is what is going on.

    Let me know if I can assist further.

    Jeff

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