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Feedback on horizontal scrollbar, lock columns, database entry view and decrease in performance.

Mart Postma March 7, 2024

Hi all,

Got asked by Atlassian Support to log my feedback for Confluence Databases here. I did not find similar feedback yet on this group during my initial search, so please do let me know if it already has been logged by someone else.

(1) Horizontal scrollbar disappears if the number of rows exceeds the window's size

This is rather self-explanatory, please have a look at the screenshot below. My main issue here is that if I want to edit a column on the first row which is outside of my current window, I would have to move down to my last record in the DB, move the horizontal bar to the right, scroll up to the first record again and edit the field in the column. 

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(2) Lock one, or multiple columns, when using the horizontal scrollbar

It would be great if we could lock at least one (or multiple) columns on the left side of a DB view, such that when the horizontal scrollbar is used, the locked columns are still visible.

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(3) Adjustable window size to show linked Database Entry

As explained in the screenshot, the side-bar opening when you click on a linked database entry is too narrow to read data from.

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(4) Decrease in performance/speed in 'bigger' tables

I think that we are pushing the boundaries of DBs in Confluences with our table. If I open the "All entries" view, there are currently about ~30 rows and ~50 columns. Of course, I am aware that it's not best DB design to have that many columns, but it looks like there is currently no other possibility to model our use case in Confluence than we currently do.

I notice that editing and moving records in the "All entries" view is almost impossible and takes a lot of time to process. Sometimes the screen freezes and changes are not done. Also when moving records vertically in the table, sometimes I'm able to do weird selections of columns/rows - see screenshot

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(5) Change order of tags in field settings sometimes not possible

See GIF, shows it all :) - would be great to be able to sort tags alphabetically.

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That's all for now - hope it's clear and useful feedback. Looking forward to all future updates and enhancements!

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Rebecca Dai
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March 7, 2024

@Mart Postma 

Thank you for all the feedback! I'd like to address the performance degradation in bigger tables mentioned in 4) by letting you know that the team has started working on improving performance in general. We have bigger improvement plans but for the time being, a fix is due to be released either late this week or early next week that should improve the experience you described here!

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Rebecca Dai
Atlassian Team
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March 8, 2024

Hi @Mart Postma 

A fix that improves the performance of a large database has been deployed to production. You should see improvements while the team continues to work on making performance better. Thank you for your patience!

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Mart Postma March 11, 2024

Hi @Rebecca Dai - thanks for updating me! Looking forward to further enhancements, please keep me updated on my other feedback points as well, if you could. Thanks a lot.

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Mart Postma March 25, 2024

Hi @Rebecca Dai - wanted to update you on point (1).

This has really become a big pain point for us. As soon as the amount of rows exceeds the window's size, we have to scroll all the way down to find the horizontal scroll bar. We really enjoy working with Confluence DBs, but this back and forth scrolling to find more columns on the right hand side of the table is really annoying, especially if we have to do it multiple times a day.

Any chance you could update me on that? Thanks

Rebecca Dai
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
March 25, 2024

@Mart Postma 

Thank you for reaching out, we hear you. Solving the friction with horizontal scrolling to view more of the database is one of our top UX improvement priorities. Rest assured the team is exploring a holistic solution and looking to prioritize it once we finalize the design for it. cc @Sami Nudelman 

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