Our team recently upgraded to paid Coda. We’re mostly happy with it (some of the new functionality like cross-doc and section locking is amazing), but we’re stumbling across some workflow killers. Here’s one:
We have multiple team docs that were originally created by users who are now classified as editors. When opening those docs, even our makers are greeted with the dreaded “view only” message. At first thought, we figured “no problem, we’ll just move the doc to our new paid team workspace”. No dice. Turns out, moving a doc owned by an editor to a Team workspace doesn’t grant makers edit access. I can see why — if edit access was granted immediately, Coda would be opening the door for “hostile doc takeovers” by admin and makers.
My next thought was “okay, I just need to transfer ownership of this doc from an editor to a maker/admin”. Therein lies the rub. There is no option to do that, or at least not one that I have found. I want a button somewhere in doc configuration settings that lets a user request ownership of a doc. I think an ideal place in the UI would be the upper-left doc title dropdown menu — same place that “move doc” and “copy doc” options live. The original owner would have to approve the request (just like a doc access request works), then the requestor would become the new doc owner.
And to be clear, this isn’t an attempt to work around Coda’s new Maker pricing. There are many instances where an editor might want to handoff a doc they started to a maker who can take the doc even further. I wouldn’t expect the editor to retain full control of the doc — they would just become a normal editor after the transfer.
Hope I’m not the only one who would like to see this.