Changes to fields and item types for Zotero 5.1
17 days ago
It would be useful for a primary source edited in a PhD dissertation. And if it isn't for most people, they simply won't use it, and it won't bother them as it would be in a scrolling menu. As for now it's not possible to say something like "this source which author is X was edited by Y in his PdD dissertation Z" without recuring to the "Extra" field.
17 days ago
For something that niche (I can't think of any citation style guide that would require that—they would just cite the thesis itself), it isn't worth the clutter and potential confusion for most users. You can personally add these type of data to your library and have them appear in citations by adding additional CSL variables to the Extra field like this:
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16 days ago
I don't see why it would be confusing, because people won't open the scrolling menu of the "Author" field unless they need it...
7 days ago
I see a lot of discussion about bringing DOI fields to all types in Zotero, which is generally agreed to be a very needed thing. I am wondering about some other digital ID schemas and if they, or how they will be supported in Zotero... Two types that I have been encountering recently are urn:  and ark: , Historically, I have just treated handels  as URLs. I see that there is a bit of discussion around the forums [3,4] about broadening the scope of the ID field, but this is a bit different, and yet similar. I also see some discussion on github , but I don't see anything definitive or clearly on the road map. ([1b], and [2b] are from my own citations in my current writing project.)
7 days ago
I think generally  is the right discussion to look at and I don't think there's been much movement beyond this, certainly not a roadmap.
Personally I'm pragmatic about this -- DOIs are required metadata for countless citation styles, so they're a must and a priority.
PM(C)IDs are already part of CSL, so they're low-hanging fruit and also in quite high demand.
Everything else is, at least to me, in the "would be good to have" category but may well not end up being part of an initial update, especially since there's no way we'll be even close with CSL to add support for it (and then people have all this nicely structured data that they can't cite which is going to cause a lot of grief).