Understanding how an entry gets associated with a user

On our support, we've seen that many Gravity Forms users are not aware that the current user ID is always stored alongside the form submission (also known as "entry"), if the user filling the form is logged-in on the website.

The usual method people use to capture this data is by using a hidden field with the {user} Merge Tag as the default value of that field:

The {user} Merge Tag method is very useful but unnecessary since this information is already stored as entry meta (metadata from the form submission) on the "wp_gf_entry" table inside the "created_by" column:

Which means the hidden field trick above is redundant. 

On GravityView, that information can be easily retrieved by using the {created_by} Merge Tag inside a Custom Content field:

There's plenty of information available that can be retrieved about the user who submitted the form, just because the User ID was stored by Gravity Forms on the entry meta.

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