Lightroom: pick state "undecided".

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Presently, there are three states for a pick flag:

1. The initial state (and sometimes the final state) - unflagged.
2. Picked
3. Rejected

I'd like to propose another state: "undecided".

I generally go through images and either mark them picked, rejected, or if I can't decide, then leave them unflagged (then when finished, clear the pick flag).

And sometimes I jump around and don't finish right away...

The problem is, I can't tell whether I haven't visited a photo, or I have but I couldn't decide what to do with it.

I'd love to be able to tell whether I've visited an image and couldn't decide, or haven't visited it.

With the additional state of "undecided", this problem would be solved.

Then I could get a collection of all images that haven't been decided upon and see if a decision can be reached after having slept on it...

PS - I realize I can use other metadata for marking photos as "undecided", but having it integrated with the pick flags would be ideal for me. I further realize that this problem could be partly handled by leaving the pick flag set for all picked photos, but I find the pick flag a bit distracting - and anyway there are other issues with that...

Thanks for considering,
Rob
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Rob Cole

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>I'd love to be able to tell whether I've visited an image and couldn't decide, or haven't visited it.

In what way does the "Unflagged Photo" filter fail?
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I don't get this. Unflagged means undecided. If you need a tri-state, use a star rating. The stars don't have to mean a ranking.
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Rob Cole

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Ian Lyons and John Verne may not get it, but some of us who skip around whilst culling have a keen understanding - there is a difference between:

"Unconsidered" (the initial state)

and

"Considered but still undecided" (a possible intermediate state).

And it's important to me to be able to distinguish the difference.

I want to finish considering all of them, then finish deciding.

Yeah, if you always go through all photos from left to right, then you've finished considering all of them when you get to the end of the filmstrip, at which point "unflagged" does indeed mean "undecided". But I prefer to enjoy the freedom of skipping around whilst culling, maybe develop a few, maybe rate a few, maybe add a keyword.., cull some more.. After working a while in this fashion, I can no longer remember which I've considered and which I haven't. And yes, I would much prefer to have library and develop module integrated too, because of the aforementioned proclivity.

(please save the lecture about how I shouldn't work this way..).

Anyway, here is an acceptable work-around:

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-- use yellow label to indicate "considered but undecided" ('7' key). --
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Note: star rating not a good work-around, because I may want to rate (for real) whilst reviewing (and not undo it afterward, nor change my existing convention for meaning of x-stars..).

Rob