Very simple naming (ID) structure would fix this issue: Simply name the folder after BOTH people sharing the folder. EG:
You can then link the share to any directory on your local machine so Alice can create a folder called Bob for her AliceBob share, and Bob can create a folder called Alice.
This naming/ID structure also allows for less confusion when configuring as Alice might want to create her own folder with ID Alice that she only shares with herself (to sync between machines) OR she might want to create a folder with ID Alice that she shares with pretty much everyone. Then at least she knows which “Alice” is the Alice she wants to share simply by looking at the ID.
TLDR: Simple fix = when creating a share between you and another person include your name and their name.
That’s indeed what we do right now. Very ugly, but it works. Thanks for mentioning it, though - others might be helped by reading about this workaround. I suppose I should have mentioned it myself.
It doesn’t solve an issue I hadn’t mentioned yet, though, where I want to join a group sharing a folder with a name I already use for another shared folder. I may have had no say in naming either folder.
Moved posts to here as the subject is the same as far as I can tell.
This is already the case, unless I’m misunderstanding something.
here is a first proposal to address this issue: https://github.com/syncthing/syncthing/pull/2668