Frequently Asked Questions about Suggested Words

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Document Hubs don’t support Suggested Words (Lexicon). Document Hubs are Alation’s new documentation feature set, which will eventually replace articles. Document Hubs are available for public preview starting in 2024.1.

  • See Documentation for more about the advantages of Document Hubs and the future of articles.

  • See Document Hubs for help using Document Hubs.



Why does Suggested Words Tab appear as disabled?

You likely do not have the Admin role. Only Catalog or Server Admins can view this tab.

Why is Suggested Words empty?

The Lexicon job has never run yet. You can trigger Lexicon on demand: Run Lexicon to Suggest Words.

Doesn’t rejecting a term instantly remove it from Suggested Words?

No. Reload the page to see the term disappear.

Why does linking an existing Article to a term still leave this term in the Suggested Words table?

This is expected behavior, we support temporary undo until the user refreshes the page. The term should disappear from the list after the page is refreshed.

Why can’t I edit and remove the Related Data Objects from an Article I can edit?

You do not have the Admin role. Only admins (Catalog and Server Admin roles) can add, edit, and remove Related Objects. Users with other roles cannot click the Edit or Remove buttons.

When I remove the Related Objects from an article, does it also delete the article?

No. Alation does not delete the article or change its attachment to glossaries. This means if the suggested term is added to the same glossary again, users may see multiple articles for this term in the glossary.