When ArcGIS Options Don’t Actually Work


This wins GIS image of the week in my book.  Reddit user TransverseMercator posted this screenshot of the feature to polygon tool window under the title, “Just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why my attribute table was disappearing…. Thanks ESRI.

While the interface provides a checkbox for the “preserve attributes (optional)” option, the help topic buries this line within the text, “This parameter does not work and should not be used.”  This non-working option has been an issue for other ArcGIS users in the past.  This of course, leads to the question of “why offer an option if it doesn’t work?”  What am I missing here? Anybody from Esri want to chime it?

The screenshot posted doesn’t indicate which version of ArcGIS the GIS user is working in.



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