Ideas for Arc XP

Allow users to have a personal, exclusive template (i,e., new story "defaults")

We have many writers for whom every new story in Composer is going to have many of the same attributes. It would be convenient if those writers could begin a new story with all of the repetitive stuff pre-filled in.

EDITED TO ADD: Not a universal template that is accessible to everybody. I know those exist, and they're useful. But there is no point in having dozens of writer-specific templates in the system when only that one writer needs to access them.

Example: Let's say I'm a politics writer that only ever writes about breaking news about the Texas Legislature. My template would have:

Byline: Me

Section: /news/politics/

Story Tags: Texas Legislature

  • Britton Peele
  • Sep 15 2020
  • Future consideration
Categories User Workflow, New Functionality
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  • Lynda Finley commented
    29 Sep, 2020 02:33pm

    This is marked as already exists - that is not correct

  • Lynda Finley commented
    24 Sep, 2020 07:38pm

    I think this has been asked for many times - a way to determine "favorite" templates so that each writer can mark their favorite (s) and have it available at least at the top of the list - or only show favorites in a tab that is the default and the user could then display the tab of all templates if they need to use one that is not normally in their favorites list.

  • Britton Peele commented
    16 Sep, 2020 09:29pm

    @Larry Sorry for not being clear, but no. I know that templates exist, and that's great, but unless I want to create dozens of new templates (one for every writer that wants one), which would create a ton of clutter in the template selection screen, I can't accomplish what I'm getting at.

    There is no real point in having a "Britton Peele template" that's accessible to anybody who is not me, for example. It will just get in everybody else's way. As a writer, I want a template that's exclusive to me and only me. (Or, to put it another way, I want to be able to have certain things be pre-filled when I select the "default" template, but those things would be tied directly to my account and no universal defaults for every user.)

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    Lawrence Tsai commented
    16 Sep, 2020 09:22pm

    Hi Britton - thank you for your idea submission. If I am understanding you correctly, you are hoping to pre-fill certain metadata fields values for a template, and have those pre-filled values populate when the template is used. If so, that feature already exists. Please see video: