Ability to turn off shapefile schema locks

Idea created by rknisley on Nov 16, 2011
    New
    Score260

    There needs to be an option where you can turn off schema locks on shapefiles.  The optin needs to be that you can lock them when accessing them, when in an editing session, either of the two, or NONE.  It is extremely annoying when you have multiple map documents using the same shapefiles, to be forced to close all other map documents in order to do simple tasks to a shapefile, out of an editing session.  I trust my users enough to make such changes and do not need ESRI dictacting how I should manage my files.  I understand the need for a lock when in an editing session, but please include an option to remove the schema lock when just accessing the shapefile.