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What's the point of the Contacts list?

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David

David Report 5 May 2013 11:41

I have over 10 pages of Contacts which do not seem to be in any kind of order, it's just a haphazard list of my contacts. To find anyone's name you have to use the separate search box. To be of any use the contacts should be shown in alphabetical order with perhaps an alfabet box at the bottom of each page. The current row of page numbers at the bottom of each page is of no use at all. Why not have the same format as the shared tree list which is straight forward and easy to use.
David J

Andysmum

Andysmum Report 5 May 2013 11:58

They are, I think, in chronological order, with the most recent first.

As they include everyone who has ever sent a message, some members have hundreds of pages.

Putting them alphabetically might help if you can remember the names of your contacts. (I can only remember a few of mine.)

Why don't you put them in folders, labelled A-B, C-E etc? It would take a bit of time to do, but once done you could then add new ones as you go along.

InspectorGreenPen

InspectorGreenPen Report 5 May 2013 12:00

At present the default order is chronological, last contact first. You can also sort by the relation column, just click on the heading.

What exactly is the enhancement you are suggesting? The ability to sort by Member name?

I have 84 pages in all and always use the Search Contacts option, unless it is a recent contact on the first couple of pages so I'm not sure how this would help me.

David

David Report 5 May 2013 18:59

InspectorGreenPen, exactly my point! you have to use the search box, the contact list is of no use unless you can interrogate it or order it in some way, as you can with the tree list. Having 10's or 100's of numbered pages of contacts is just a waste of facility, who is going to bother to look through it anyway?

Andysmum

Andysmum Report 5 May 2013 21:28

If you have a lot of contacts putting them in alphabetical order is not going to help you find them - unless you use the search box.

The shared tree list is the same - how do you work out which page the M's are on? Without using the search box it is guesswork, and I hardly ever get it right first time.

Thelma

Thelma Report 6 May 2013 13:15

I still use the stars.No longer able to sort in order but it helps.as I know that all five stars are my paternal line etc,

Graham

Graham Report 21 May 2013 16:52

Instead of page numbers they should have letters; so if you click on A you get a list of names beginning with that letter. ;-)

InspectorGreenPen

InspectorGreenPen Report 21 May 2013 19:31

Right.

Letters rather than Numbers would seem to be a big improvement. This is the suggestion to put forward,

Yes?

Andysmum

Andysmum Report 21 May 2013 22:37

Yes. A good idea.

KenSE

KenSE Report 22 May 2013 08:47

That's a good idea for those who remember names and have a large number of contacts.

I have only a small number of pages of contacts (6) and would not like to have to search 26 pages when I don't know the name of the contact I am looking for but have a reasonable idea of when I last made contact.

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 22 May 2013 18:45

My simple little mind thinks ...........


It should not be impossible for the search facility to be set up so that the "consumer" (ie, the members) could sort on the basis of Name or Date of Contact.



I was doing that with a software programme back in the 1990s :-D


Mind you, that programme had been designed specifically for my use and purposes. It was, however, later sold to several other agencies.

Persephone

Persephone Report 28 May 2013 05:32

I am all for an alphabetical sort.. it has worked since one first had a childhood dictionary.

It is a very keep it simple principle even my mobile contacts are alphabetically sorted without me asking it to do so.

Persie

Andysmum

Andysmum Report 28 May 2013 14:21

I see from Natasha's latest update that this idea is being considered for adoption, with people being given the choice of alphabetical or chronological.

Well done, David.

KenSE

KenSE Report 28 May 2013 15:29

It seems strange that you can sort the list on the Relation Name but not on the contact name.