Original entry date column
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Be careful what you ask for. You may get it.
A week ago in the Recommended Site Improvements group I suggested I would find useful a new sortable column for last-edited date of a particular item. About a dozen people replied they agreed that such a feature would be useful.
Now I return to LT to find that the long-standing Entry-Date column, the "original" Entry-Date column, if you will, has been modified so that it now does not show, as it has for years, the date an item was originally entered into the LT database, but rather now it shows the last edited-date for that entry.
Two simultaneous reactions == "oh, wonderful" and "HEY, wait a minute!" I did not / do not want to surrender the information that indicates the date of the original entry of an item into the LT database.
Where may I retain the original entry date information while utilizing the newly created last-edited characteristic of the formerly static Entry Date field? (It is worth noting that there is a difference between the date a book is acquired and the date it is entered in the system. I continue to own books I have had for some time that are not yet entered into LT, so using the date acquired field as an original entry date field either loses or forbids retention of information.)
With nearly 4,000 entries I am not particularly interested in assigning myself the tasks, first, to first remember to, and second, to capture and then record original-entry information from the now dynamically changing last-edited date field before I make any change in an item's entry.
Is it possible to have both a dynamically changing last-edited date field and an original-entry date field? (Of course, it's possible, but will it be done?)
Can you give an example of the edit you did that changed the entry date? I just tried it by changing the comments field and saving, and the entry date was left untouched.
ETA: I also updated another to change collections and set the date finished date to today. It's entry date also remained the original 2010 date.
Also, this group is only for threads started by LT staff, not members. Just a friendly reminder.
Are you sure? Well, obviously you are, but I'm not seeing it in my library.
I've got a collection called "Weighed and Measured" in which I have books that I have, well, weighed and measured (started when that function came out). I just looked at it and most of the Entry dates are back in 2007.
I even went and edited one just now, changing the weight by a gram, and the Entry date is still in 2007.
If you wipe the dust off the top of that book you should lose that gram again.
>2 Oops. Apparently I can't give such an example. I wrote the entry above on a sample of one book. The first time I attempted to enter it, LT did not capture all the information I had entered without me choosing a save command part way through the data entry. The second time I tried to enter data to finish the entry, I received an error message from LT. The third time I tried to edit the entry, an hour or so after the second, I received a message that LT was down. Those activities were a week ago.
Today, without paying any attention to the original entry date, I called up the same entry to edit it, did the edits, which were accepted, then looked at the entry in catalog format, and noticed that today's date is in the field. I jumped to the conclusion that the field had been changed as a result of the message I left a week ago. Apparently I concluded erroneously, again.
I just tried to change the second to last book I entered, by changing its length measurement by a fraction of a centimeter. That change, made today, left the original entry date, a month ago, unchanged.
So, apparently the situation is as the status quo ante, where I have suggested a last-edited date field, (now an amended request to keep the original entry date data also), and within which I have one additional book entered into the database after a LT data digestion problem has been resolved.
>3 Oops, again. I have not read everything that has been posted to LT (gasp!), so that morsel escaped an appearance before my consciousness.
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