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I want to create a list of names in and Offices site column and then use this around my site. Specifically I want to have a list with columns called OPR and OCR, but they need to be from the same site column. Is this possible?

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No. You would need to create a separate site column. SharePoint doesn't support adding multiple instances of the same site column.

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yeah, that's what i thought too. I was hoping I was missing something. So there are no workarounds. I just don't want to have to update multiple columns when there is a change. – Bob Nov 30 '12 at 20:11
If it's a "choice" type column, and you're not on Foundation, you could look into using managed metadata columns. The two columns could be set to pick from the same set of terms. – lgaud Nov 30 '12 at 20:23
Yea, I'd just create multiple Site Columns. You still have one place to manage them. – John Chapman Nov 30 '12 at 21:46

i had the same problem - i ended up adding the columns by code and used the fields.AddLookup Method : You need to provide the webid where the sitecolumn is defined and the listid of the source list of the sitecolumn. Call AddLookup multiple times with different Displaynames and you get a list with multiple lookups all referencing to the same Lookup (or to the same Site Column).

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