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Helper II

Network Error when using Patch function: The Specified Column is generated by the server and can't be specified

I'm having an issue with a patch function showing the above error and I can't figure out why it's happening. This is the forumla:

'QA Form Entries',
Evaluator: EvaluatorInput.Selected, Person field
'Evaluators Manager': EvaluatorsManagerInput.Selected, Person field
Agent: AgentInput.Selected, Person field
'Agents Manager': AgentsManagerInput.Selected, Person field
Location: _Location, Single line of text
'Contact Date': ContactDateInput.SelectedDate, Date
'Session Date': SessionDateInput.SelectedDate, Date
'FTE Group': FTEGroupInput_2.Selected, Choice
Brand: BrandInput.Selected, Choice
Market: MarketInput.Selected, Choice
'Total Contact Score': _TotalScore, Number
'Compliance?': _Pass, true/false
'Contact Type': ContactTypeInput.Selected, Choice
Professional: ProfessionalRadio.Selected, Choice
'Communication Skills': CommunicationSkillsRadio.Selected, Choice
'Attentive Listening': AttentiveListeningRadio.Selected, Choice
'Questioning Techniques': QuestioningTechniquesRadio.Selected, Choice
'Contact control': ContactControlRadio.Selected, Choice
'Taking ownership': TakingOwnershipRadio.Selected, Choice
'Was the issue/request clearly identified': Radio1_6.Selected, Choice
'Did the agent address all issues raised/answer all questions?': Radio1_7.Selected, Choice
'All actions taken to ensure expected outcome?': Radio1_8.Selected, Choice
'Were correct expectations set/next step(s) clearly explained to customer?':Radio1_9.Selected, Choice
'Did the agent display knowledge about the area': Radio1_10.Selected, Choice
'Was information given correct & Complete?':Radio1_11.Selected, Choice
'Did the agent use all their available resources effectively':Radio1_12.Selected, Choice
'Was the customer correctly identified (DPA)': Radio1_13.Selected, Choice
'Did the agent follow the steps of the procedures applicable?': Radio1_14.Selected, Choice
'Were branding scripts followed ( opening, hold, transfer, closing)': Radio1_15.Selected, Choice
'Customers details captured correctly/updated (GDPR)?':Radio1_16.Selected, Choice
'Were there case notes?':Radio1_17.Selected, Choice
'Are the case notes correct and complete?': Radio1_18.Selected, Choice
'Was the contact tagged correctly? (Contact & Case)': Radio1_19.Selected, Choice
'Sales through Service': Radio1_20.Selected, Choice
'Has the customer been in contact about this before ': Radio1_21.Selected, Choice
'Reason for non-resolution ': NonResInput.Selected, Choice
'Proxy CSAT score': ProxyCSATInput.Selected, Choice
'Contact Logging': ContactLoggingInput_2.Selected, Choice
'Session ID': Text(AgentInput.Selected.Email & Text(SessionDateInput.SelectedDate, "ddmmyyyy")), Single line of text
'Reason for Contacting Back Office': ReasonInput.Selected, Choice
Title: interactionIDInput_2.Text, Title Column, single line of text
Comments: CommentsInput.HtmlText, Multiple lines of text (tried both with and without the enhanced rich text option enabled in sharepoint list)
'Revealed to Agent': false


The patch goes to a sharepoint list called "QA Form Entries". I've put what type of column each field is in italics for reference.

All of the choice fields are either radio buttons or combo boxes, the person fields are controled by combo boxes too with only the agent being selectable, the other three are auto filled based on the user (evaluator) and their managers via O365.

I did also try switching out the rich text editor for just a regular text editor but it didn't fix the issue either. Does anyone know why this error is appearing or how I can tell which column it's reffering too? It doesn't highlight a specific field, just the whole patch function.


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Helper II
Helper II

Figured it out, it had been so long since I created the sharepoint list, I forgot that the column "Evaluator" was actually a renamed "Created By" Column 🤣


By trying to define it, the patch failed. Can't say why it didn't give the column name though

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The suspect are your person columns.  If the comboboxes that you have to select them are based on (the Items property) Office365 lookups, then those are not SharePoint user records.  They need to be converted to such before submitting.


Are those based on Office365 users?

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Can your please nake those configurations?


Choice field: _____.Selected.Value

Person field: should follow a structure like this=>

    DisplayName: ___.Selected.DisplayName,
    Claims: "i:0#.f|membership|" & ___.Selected.Email,
    Department: "",
    Email: ___.Selected.Email


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Both of those determinations are completely dependent on the Items properties of those controls...

Choice fields can be given the Selected record of a control that has records with Value columns, for example.


Your Person field record is missing information that will cause the record to not be stored.

SharePoint likes to get a full record, or it will reject it.


   Claims:"i:0#.f|membership|" & Lower(<emailHere>), 
   DisplayName: "", //Can be empty or a name provided - depending on the 
                      need for the display name and the SharePoint to Office365 sync process state/freqency.
   Email: <emailHere>, 
   JobTitle: "", 
   Picture: ""
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Hey! Thanks for the reply. The Combo Boxes are all set up like this:
Choices([@'QA Form Entries'].Agent)

So I think they should be the same format as the sharepoint person fields. I've used this setup before with other patches without issue but I'll try switching it up if you think it will help. If I get the chance to test today I will post an update

I replaced all the Person Fields with the record format you posted but sadly it hasn't worked. I also check another patch function I'd used elsewhere and tried the format:

Evaluator: First(
[@'QA Form Entries'].Evaluator,

This works in another patch but doesn't work here so it must be something else. I've also checked all the radio boxes to make sure their Items are the Choices available for that column in the list and they all match up.


The only difference I can find is that the previous Patch worked off a form, whereas this patch all the inputs are individual as it was easier to do with the layout I've gone for.

I could get around it by making an invisible form that has the defaults set to the input for this form but it would be very inefficient. I'd also still like to get to the bottom of this just for my own knowledge going forward so any other ideas would be much appreciated

Helper II
Helper II

Figured it out, it had been so long since I created the sharepoint list, I forgot that the column "Evaluator" was actually a renamed "Created By" Column 🤣


By trying to define it, the patch failed. Can't say why it didn't give the column name though

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so what did you do to fix this?

The issue turned out to be that I was trying to define a metadata column which you can't do. I just got rid of the Evaluator field in the patch function since it was a renamed "Created By" Field.

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This error come when a Field in table is not editable and you are try to insert data in it.

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