When not to use Numbered Lists?

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When not to use Numbered Lists?

Given how flexible numbered lists are, is there a reason why I should not make all lists in a model 'numbered'?

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Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Re: When not to use Numbered Lists?

@michael.jones 

Two reasons that come to my mind immediately:

  1. Numbered lists essentially reduce you to one primary key, the code. This can also present some challenges when moving system module properties of that list from one model to another because you have to reference the code. If the code is a made up value for the purposes of Anaplan then it really is not meaningful. It also then requires you to identify the system generated ID from Anaplan if the code value needs to change and is synchronized with another model. Good example would be Data Hub to Spoke application. If the code changes, how else would you know how to find the list value that changed so you can edit the code? Otherwise, you'll just be adding another list item.
  2. If you need the ability to create list items from a dashboard you no longer need to use a numbered list. You can create forms in the new UX.

I remember reading a good debate between @rob_marshall @DavidSmith and @Misbah whether numbered lists are even needed. I'll see if I can find it. They may have some additional input for you.


Jared Dolich
Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Re: When not to use Numbered Lists?

@michael.jones 

I actually look at it the other way - Why would I use a number list? - In most of my Anaplan modelling I use normal lists.  Even for "combination" lists as generally you are in control of the code and name, and the complexity around moving data between modules/models is a problem, as @JaredDolich outlined

So I only use Number lists when I need to take advantage of the specific features (display names, assign, copy, delete branch etc.)

 

Going forward, I'd prefer that we unify lists and only have 1 type, so taking the best bits of functionality from both

 

David

Master Anaplanner/Community Boss

Re: When not to use Numbered Lists?

@michael.jones 

 

Yes, many reasons not to make your list numbered list (let's not talk about all). If you have duplicate names but unique codes in your list, that should be the right call for you to make it a numbered list.

 

All those 4 actions that @DavidSmith mentioned, you will have to use Numbered lists. I personally am not a huge fan of numbered list, to me general lists are more flexible.

 

Misbah