Sometimes people put an O in the numbering scheme instead of a zero, as in Station numbers SO1221 vs. S01221. These discrepancies can be isolated by sorting a Volunteers [Stations or Jobs] Spreadsheet on the number column or click the Find button.
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One way you might get a numbering-out-of-range problem is if you started, say, with number one and then kept adding sequentially. When it gets to 1000 there would be four digits. You get better results, however, if you maintain six digits/numbers/characters, like 000001 or V-0001, which then increment keeping six digits or characters. [You can learn more about the numbering schemes in the Help files.] If this is the problem, edit the records by adding leading zeroes to fill up six spaces.
The more common numbering-out-of-range problem is caused by someone mistakenly typing into the number field when adding a record instead of allowing the Reporter to auto number the record. This is easy enough to do when distracted because the first field is the active field when a new record is added.
The way to fix it is to first check to see (a) which numbers are out of sync, (b) edit those to match the existing sequence and (c) reset the next available number in Preferences.
It actually makes no difference whether all record numbers are in sequence or whether there are gaps in the numbers, as long as the Reporter has a unique number for each record.
Now the Reporter will assign the next serial number properly.
A quicker way to reset the number sequence [than doing it in Preferences] is to Add a new record | Change the number to the new sequence | Save the record. The Reporter will sequence numbers from that last number.
They lost some records and want to re-enter them with the same old numbers, so they will match their paper records.
The only way to reuse a number is if the record is deleted.
The only way to delete a record is if no other data is attached.
Deleted records cannot be retrieved except via a backup.