I think a long time ago I advocated for this feature, but even though I knew it had been introduced I never really had a need to use it.
Been having trouble with Alexa since I upgraded to 7.0. “Roomie Remote skill is unavailable” or something like that. Primary controller is a dedicated iPad in my media closet, made sure it is on Ethernet, made sure it had static IP, made sure I was in guided access mode, etc. Everything looked good. Unlinked my Alexa skill. Linked it again. Still no joy.
Then I remembered the debug screen. Pulled it up, told Alex to run an activity, and she failed like expected. Looked through the logs and saw a message from “RoomieCloud” that said “missing login credentials.” It actually took me a minute to realize what this meant. I hadn’t had to log in to my Roomie account in so long I had forgotten it existed. I double checked and sure enough it wasn’t logged in. I don’t recall having to enter credentials during previous upgrades, but I suspect this one logged me out. I logged in, gave Alexa the command, and it worked.
So, gave me the opportunity to self-solve. Saved Will a ticket. Big win for this feature!
In using the feature I have the following observations:
Be nice if the logs could be emailed or saved off somewhere so they could be reviewed on a bigger screen and with more powerful tools.
Be nice if a “no results” search gave you an indication of that. First few searches I tried didn’t bring up any results though I thought they were decent search terms. Realized they weren’t decent once I tried searching for something obvious.