Changes to permissions for unlicensed users - View cell history
I just received notice that Smartsheet is making changes to its permissions for unlicensed users.
While I agree with the spirit of the changes (although it's not exactly clear what's changing, only how collaborator permissions will be on 9/19), what I do recognize and have a huge issue with is the decision to remove the ability for collaborators to view cell history.
We purchased and implemented Smartsheet in part because of the ability to allow project team members to view the history of action items, risks, etc over time using the cell history rather than having to use forced line breaks in a cell like we used to do with Excel. Major investment and effort rolling out Smartsheet and now a significant collaboration feature is being taken away.
Without collaborators being able to see the cell history, we have to go back to the old method, which is going to make Smartsheet much more cumbersome. Instead of replacing values, we'll have to keep a running history of status in our Status Description fields on all our projects meaning the rows are going to significantly grow vertically.
Anyone else see this as a big step backward in terms of collaboration? I don't understand why viewing cell history isn't viewed as a collaborator-type permission, rather than licensed-user-only permission? How is collaborator viewing cell history in conflict with Smartsheet's stated intention that "creating, owning, administering, or driving a process, program, or project in Smartsheet should require a paid license"?