When creating a new column using monday api and python, Its generating random ids for the columns which I create

This is my query. This used to work like charm. But now its not working anymore. For example, If I wanted to create a column with title "User Name" it should create a column with id "user_name", but which is not.

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Hello @Ahsan,
Welcome to the community :slight_smile:

It is not possible to assign column ids. Well, previously there were ways you could get around that but not anymore. monday will now always assign them automatically

Hi @Ahsan,

While our system does assign column IDs, you can always use the API to query your column values and get the assigned column ID information for each item.

Please let me know if you have any more questions!

@alessandra @kolaai It would be great if your devs can bring back that feature. Its one of the key features that we were using for the automations.

Hello @Ahsan,

Thank you for the feedback!

We will share it with our team.

I would not count on this going back to the way it used to work anytime soon, just to set expectations.

Cheers,
Matias

Wow. This must be the worst API change in a while. We couldn’t edit column ids, and now we can’t pre-assign an id to them… Sigh

Can we at least know why it has changed in such a drastic way? I have to justify the developing of a new way of bulk changing columns for a lot of boards and not knowing their ids at creation.

Hello @gus.furtado,

As to your question, the old mechanism created very long IDs that impacted our performance.

Thank you for the feedback!

I have shared it with the team.

Cheers,
Matias

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Thanks for the feedback! Alright… Performance is always a good reason. We are going to solve this internally.

Thank you again.

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Thank you for understanding @gus.furtado!

@Matias.Monday @alessandra @kolaai why can’t you just limit the column ids to be given a specific length while creating the columns. This was one of the key features that our team was using. It would be great if the dev team could account for this.

Hello @Ahsan,

I will share your feedback with the team of developers that handles this.

Thank you for it!

Just to set expectations, I would not count on this going back to the way it was any time soon.

Cheers,
Matias