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How does "Contributor" field type work?

Pravin Patil (104142133) | asked Nov 05 '15, 4:02 p.m.
I have a "Person Responsible" field which is of "Contributor" type.
 A few people have noticed that the user dropdowns do not display all people who can be selected. However they do show up if you run a search. Is there some hierarchy or filter at work here, or is there a maximum number of values that can be displayed in a user-list/dropdown?

Please let me know.

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Taki Nakajo (1.1k2846) | answered Nov 05 '15, 10:45 p.m.
Your custom "Contributor" type attribute might have a special value set definition.

For exmaple, 
Role-based user lists in

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Ralph Schoon (63.2k33646) | answered Nov 06 '15, 5:51 a.m.
As far as I know, the contributor selection will initially pick up users that have a close relationship to the work item e.g. by being in the team. I don't know the details, but that is what I have seen in the past. The reason why it does not show all users initially is obvious, if there are several hundreds of users, it would
  1. Take a lot of time to retrieve and show them all
  2. Make it very hard to find users in the long list

Pravin Patil commented Nov 06 '15, 3:33 p.m.

Is there any limit on number of users that the contributor list shows?

Kevin Ramer commented Nov 06 '15, 3:58 p.m.

I've seen 200-250 in certain contexts [ more from the admin side of things ]
If you get the search dialog and click the "Show All" it will show 1st 250.

Donald Nong commented Nov 08 '15, 8:22 p.m.

Indeed, when searching the contributors, the query is similar to
I believe the page size of 250 is hard coded as I cannot find anywhere the change it in the Advanced Properties page.

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