XF 2.1 Would there be any usability or performance drawbacks to setting up a thread field with thousands of choices?

Feanor

Active member
I'd like to set up a drop-down thread field with several thousand options. Would there be any drawback to this? If so, I would probably have to use a free text field instead, but I'd rather not.
 

Mangini

Well-known member
Only performance drawback I can see is loading those thousands of fields on every page load. Not sure if a multiselect script like the following helps on that front, but it does give you a search bar to make finding what you are looking for easy at least. Requires custom development to use of course.

 

Feanor

Active member
Bet that'll be fun for mobile users!
Damn it.

Only performance drawback I can see is loading those thousands of fields on every page load. Not sure if a multiselect script like the following helps on that front, but it does give you a search bar to make finding what you are looking for easy at least. Requires custom development to use of course.

What would help more is something like the follow (as an example) -
"Favorite pet breed." User selects "dog" in drop down 1. Drop down 2 now contains choices for "small dog breed, large dog breed." User selects "large." Drop down 3 now contains choices for only the large breed. Compared to jamming everything all into one drop down for the user to scroll through.
 
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