BUG Report: Relationship Field crashing editor because of too man tags.


I have a news site that I am using your ACFE “relationship” field to create a related articles section. Our site still uses the classic editor, with traditional ACF meta boxes to house our ACF custom fields.

Our site has roughly 50,000 tags in our database, accumulated from over 25 years of publishing news.

When I turn on the taxonomy filter in our related articles “relationship” field it totally crashes my editor window. The page will not scroll or resize. No errors are reported anywhere: the JS console is empty, and our php debug log is completely blank. The browser tab becomes basically unusable. It will not refresh, or do anything, I have to close the tab and reopen a new one to do anything.

But if I then turn the taxonomy filter in the “relationship” field back off, everything goes back to working fine.

I have tested this behavior with with all of my plugins deactivated and with only the default twenty twenty-four theme activated. I have conclusively narrowed the problem down to the taxonomy filter checkbox checked with our 50k tags.

I suspect that the “relationship” field is triggering the load of all of my 50k tags, when I either scroll or resize the window. And then the browser crashes when it tries to build that enormous tax dropdown menu.

I would suggest that you set the taxonomy filter to not preload all of the tags, and instead use an ajax call to query the database for the results. But regardless, loading everything into the DOM first is unusable if you have thousands of tags in your system.

My other suggestion would be to allow refining the taxonomy filter to only allow specific taxonomies, like you do with post types. If I could have the taxonomy filter only show categories, and not tags, that would solve the issue for me, as my cats are more generalized, and the tags are much more specific.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have or help if you need further information or clarification. Thanks!


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