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Make file prefixing an option - file requests

Make file prefixing an option - file requests

jules s.2
New member | Level 1

When someone requests a file using your request a file tool, the person who uploads the file's name gets added to the file name eg janedoe_filea.pdf . This is really frustrating and I end up having to rename my files. I did a search to solve the problem and I see there are other people that are quite frustrated by the problem but apparently there is no fix for this?  Please let me know if there is a solution for this. thanks

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Staab
Explorer | Level 4

Why is this still a thing?

I just started using file requests and after receiving my first batch of files, this "feature" makes me want to run away from Dropbox as fast as I can.

 

I receive files that link to specific other files within my editing program. The file names MUST stay the same so they will re-link. They should NOT be renamed. EVER. I just want the original file. How is this "helpful"?

 

Please give us an option to enable or disable this renaming BS on a per request basis. I'm sure if I were soliciting a file from 100 different people, this could maybe be useful. But my file request goes to one person for hundreds of files. I don't have time to sit there and rename EVERYTHING.

 

This is perhaps the WORST problem I've ever had with Dropbox. And I've been using it (and paying for it) for many many years.

 

PLEASE FIX THIS ASAP!!!!!!!!!

arvidurs
New member | Level 2

@Staab 
I had exactly the same issue. The workaround I found was to ask who ever is uploading the files for the request, to make sure to ZIP them before. that way when you unpack, you have the OG names

Staab
Explorer | Level 4

@arvidurs

Thanks. Yeah, I guess that's the workaround I'll have to do.

 

It just seems ridiculous to me that in the four years people have been complaining about this problem, Dropbox hasn't fixed it. All it needs is an option per file request to turn renaming on or off...

 

Mubasshir Tahmid
New member | Level 2

This has created problems for me and I shifted to Mega after that. Life is simpler now.

Staab
Explorer | Level 4

@Mubasshir Tahmid Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check it out. 🙂

InkedBlot
New member | Level 2

Create toggle feature like "Dropbox system extension" in settings:   turns off appending Dropbox owner name to files shared with other DB account holders.   

 

This is quite an important feature for us, please!

tuckyhutsman
New member | Level 2

Another vote for disabling file renaming. At least off the option to disable renaming when creating the request.

 

Like others here, I use this feature to accept inputs from collaborators and the files I receive are expected to have specific names to automatically integrate in my image editing workflow.

ryanhad
New member | Level 2

This is pretty ridiculous that it's not an option. Come on Dropbox, just give us an option to turn off the file renaming, it can't be that difficult to do. If someone happens to upload a file where another similarly named one has already been uploaded, then it just needs to append a (1) or something like that to the end, as happens when you download the same named file to your computer from a website. 

 

Ideally, we'd be able to customise the file naming, if we want to have certain things added to the files, but I understand that that would take much more time to code in, so at the least give us the option to turn it off. 

 

Thanks!

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