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Problem accessing the full list of custom fields for existing field property

  1. I am trying to set up two forms, one for the site user to enter their learning goals and one for site visitors to submit suggested learning resources.

    I would like to set this up so that one of the custom fields on the suggest learning resources forms, "related learning goal", gives the visitor the option to select from a drop down list, listing the site owner's learning goals. This "related learning goal" field (single text line) would be a a custom field name, using an existing field from the learning goals form.

    The problem is that under the custom field's Properties, Custom Field Name, Existing (select an existing custom field), the drop down choices don't show all the custom fields I had previously created. It only shows 12 alphabetically and not the "related learning goal" one I wanted to select.

    Is this a bug or is there a way to see more of the custom fields so I can pick the right existing custom field that I want. I tried changing the name of the field I wanted so it began with "aa" thinking that would make is display as one of the first of the 12 that displayed but that didn't change it.


    Posted 9 years ago on Sunday September 5, 2010 | Permalink
  2. We will look into this, but it should display all the custom fields... unless they are a hidden custom field name that begins with an underscore. We will look into if it's a bug or not.

    Until then you can simply choose the new custom field option and type in a name. Then just type in the name you want to use. I'm not 100% positive but I think the issue is the key being "related learning goal" instead of something like "related_learning_goal". I think the spaces are the issue, the key shouldn't have spaces.

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday September 6, 2010 | Permalink
  3. I changed the name of the field to aa_learning_goal.

    It doesn't appear, nor do dozens of other custom fields I had set up. It only shows 13 custom fields on the drop down. There doesn't seem to be a pattern of the ones that display and the ones that don't.

    I don't want to just create a new field because I want the user to be able to choose from a list of existing custom field values entered earlier by the user.

    I will keep trying from my end to troubleshoot but if you can check from your end if it's a bug that would be great.

    I'm using the latest beta version of Gravity Forms.

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday September 6, 2010 | Permalink
  4. We will look into it on our end and see if we can recreate the issue. I'll be in touch if we are unable to and need access to your site.

    Keep in mind that typing in the name manually doesn't create a new field. There is no concept of pre-defined custom fields in WordPress.

    So doing New and typing in a name just allows you to declare the custom field key by typing it in instead of selecting from the drop down. The drop down simply lists existing keys by querying the key value of existing custom fields.

    Posted 9 years ago on Tuesday September 7, 2010 | Permalink
  5. Thanks Carl. I spoke with David Smith and he clarified things. The reason I couldn't see the field names was just because I had never submitted the form in question and so the custom fields hadn't been set up yet... so it's not a bug.

    Posted 9 years ago on Wednesday September 8, 2010 | Permalink