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'Reason for change' along with each edit


Harrison Vince (354) | asked Nov 28 '18, 5:44 p.m.

 I have been looking to implement a way of tracking the 'reason for change' whenever a change is made to an artifact. The artifact history that DNG provides is great, but is there any way to force the user to give a reason with each save of the artifact?

I feel that attaching a work item to every object is inefficient for lots of changes.
The best solution I can come up with at this time is to attach a comment to the artifact whenever a change is made, but this has a couple of problems, I do not need priority or directed to fields, and comments cannot be reported on. Alternatively a string attribute where the user simply concatenates a date and reason to the end of any other (previous change history) text in the field.
Any suggestions?


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Keith Collyer commented Nov 29 '18, 5:35 a.m.
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This is one of those "good in principle, won't work in practice" ideas. You will either get a lot of trivial reasons, or people simply won't bother to make a change because they don't want the hassle of entering a reason. Imagine someone sees a small typing error, perhaps "." where it should be ",". Are they going to make the change, then add a reason? I doubt it. If they do, the "reason" will be entered by hitting the space bar a couple of times. Or they just don't make the change.


Harrison Vince commented Nov 29 '18, 4:49 p.m.

 Thanks for the answer. This is actually one of the reasons we would like to implement it! Might have to manage it externally.

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Adrian Haw (223120) | answered Nov 30 '18, 9:17 a.m.
You could force the use of change sets.
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sreenath v (433) | answered Nov 29 '18, 2:19 a.m.
Hi Harrison Vince,

I also think the best way to have a track is that to create a attribute and make that attribute mandatory in each save of artifact. But it's a manual process giving date and reason for change but still i too recommend the same from the in the box of DNG

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Harrison Vince commented Nov 29 '18, 4:48 p.m.

 Is this possible? Seems like this is not a DNG feature.

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