Idea

Represents an idea on which users are allowed to comment and vote, for example, a suggestion for an enhancement to an existing product or process. This object is available in API version 12 and later.

Supported Calls

create(), delete(), describeLayout(), describeSObjects(), getDeleted(), getUpdated(), query(), retrieve(), search(), undelete(), update(), upsert()

Note
For other standard objects, the describeLayout() call returns the recordTypeMappings section that contains the layout ID and picklist values for each record type. However, the recordTypeMappings section and the fields it includes are not available for the Idea object.

When performing a SOSL search on Idea objects, IdeaComment objects are also searched.

Fields

Field Details
AttachmentBody
Type
base64
Properties
Create, Nillable, Update
Description

File data for the attachment. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

AttachmentContentType
Type
picklist
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Restricted picklist, Sort, Update
Description

Type of the attachment. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

AttachmentLength
Type
int
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description

Size of the attachment in bytes. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

AttachmentName
Type
string
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort, Update
Description

Name of the attachment. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

Body
Type
textarea
Properties
Create, Nillable, Update
Description
Description of the Idea.
Categories
Type
multipicklist
Properties
Create, Filter, Nillable, Update
Description
Customizable multi-select picklist used to organize Ideas into logical groupings.
Note
This field is only available if your organization has the Categories field enabled. This field is enabled by default in organizations created after API version 14 was released. If the Categories field is enabled, API versions 13 and earlier do not have access to either the Categories or Category fields.
Category
Type
picklist
Properties
Create, Filter, Nillable, Update
Description
Customizable picklist of values used to organize Ideas into logical groupings.
Note
This field is not available if your organization has the multi-select Categories field enabled.
CommunityId
Type
reference
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Sort
Description
The zone ID associated with the idea. Once you create an idea, you can’t change the zone ID associated with that idea.
Note
API version 12 does not support zone ID. If you create an idea in version 12, your idea is automatically posted to the oldest zone that you have permission to access.
CreatorFullPhotoUrl
Type
string
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description

URL of the user’s profile photo. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

CreatorName
Type
string
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description
Name of the user who posted the idea or commented on the idea.

This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

CreatorSmallPhotoUrl
Type
string
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description

URL of the user’s thumbnail photo. This field is available in API version 28.0 and later.

CurrencyIsoCode
Type
picklist
Properties
Create, Defaulted on create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Restricted picklist, Sort, Update
Description
Available only for organizations with the multicurrency feature enabled. Contains the ISO code for any currency allowed by the organization.
IdeaThemeID
Type
reference
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort, Update
Description
Identifies the idea theme associated with the idea.
IsDeleted
Type
boolean
Properties
Defaulted on create, Filter
Description
Indicates whether the object has been moved to the Recycle Bin (true) or not (false). Label is Deleted.
IsHtml
Type
boolean
Properties
Defaulted on create, Filter, Group, Sort
Description
Read-only. If this value is true, your organization has the Ideas HTML editor enabled, and the Idea Body may contain HTML. If this value is false, the HTML editor is disabled and the Idea Body only contains regular text.
IsMerged
Type
boolean
Properties
Defaulted on create, Filter, Group, Sort
Description
Read only. Indicates whether the idea has been merged with a parent idea (true) or not (false). You can’t vote for or add comments to a merged idea.
Note
In API version 27, IsMerged replaces IsLocked. Existing formula fields that use IsLocked must be edited to use IsMerged.
LastCommentDate
Type
dateTime
Properties
Filter, Nillable, Sort
Description
The date and time the last comment (child IdeaComment object) was added.
LastCommentId
Type
reference
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description
Read only. The ID of the last comment (child IdeaComment object).
LastReferencedDate
Type
date
Properties
Filter, Nillable, Sort, Update
Description
The timestamp for when the current user last viewed a record related to this record.
LastViewedDate
Type
date
Properties
Filter, Nillable, Sort, Update
Description
The timestamp for when the current user last viewed this record. If this value is null, this record might only have been referenced (LastReferencedDate) and not viewed.
NumComments
Type
int
Properties
Defaulted on create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description
The number of comments (child IdeaComment objects) that users have submitted for the given idea.
ParentIdeaId
Type
reference
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description
The ID associated with this idea's parent idea. When multiple ideas are merged together, one idea becomes the parent (master) of the other ideas. The ParentIdeaId is automatically set when you merge ideas.
RecordTypeId
Type
reference
Properties
Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort
Description
The ID of the record type assigned to this object.
Status
Type
picklist
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Nillable, Sort, Update
Description
Customizable picklist of values used to specify the status of an idea.
Title
Type
string
Properties
Create, Filter, Group, Sort, Update
Description
The descriptive title of the idea.
VoteScore
Type
double
Properties
Filter, Nillable, Sort
Description
The internal score of the Idea, used to sort Ideas on the Popular tab in the application user interface. The internal algorithm that determines the score gives older votes less weight than newer votes, simulating exponential decay. The score itself does not display in the application user interface.
Note
Unlike other fields of type double, you can't use a SOQL aggregate function with this field.
VoteTotal
Type
double
Properties
Filter, Nillable, Sort
Description
An Idea's total number of points. Each vote a user makes is worth ten points, therefore the value of this field is ten times the number of votes an idea has received.
Note
Unlike other fields of type double, you can't use a SOQL aggregate function with this field.
Note
If you are importing Idea data and need to set the value for an audit field, such as CreatedDate, contact salesforce.com. Audit fields are automatically updated during API operations unless you request to set these fields yourself..

Usage

Use this object to track ideas, which are written suggestions on which users can vote and comment.

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