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Re: article name uniqueness

wvengen
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Hi Mattias,

I hope you're ok I'm responding on the mailing-list. This way, others can read about it in the future.

You mentioned the article name is required to be unique for a supplier (as defined in app/models/article.rb), and found problems in at least these cases:
  • A wholesale retailer has different units for the same product (e.g. 350gr and 650gr of peanut butter).
  • A wholesale retailer has two brands for a product.
The idea behind requiring a unique name, is that most importantly the name is shown to the user. If there are two equal products, this is confusing. Regarding different units, I agree on that, and in the foodcoop-adam fork we've relaxed that requirement. Regarding two brands, I think it makes sense to have the brand in the name, since it is an integral part of recognising the product, and is shown only in a popup.

What do you think?

- Willem
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MaTiZ
Hi Willem,

Even better to have this conversation on the mailing-list.

I understand your reasoning, but in respect to the design of the database have a double feeling about it. I see that the product information like brand and quantity are presented in the frontend in the green 'pop-up' field. For me that would be enough to differentiate between two products with the same name.

I will give it a try with making the names unique by adding the brand name to it.

Thanks for the info!

Mattias
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wvengen
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let's continue here - just found an existing issue on this :) I'm ok to
add unit and manufacturer.
https://github.com/foodcoops/foodsoft/issues/90
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