Things You Must Know About Django Admin As Your App Gets Bigger
Haki Benita

Thanks for a great article!

Just one more point worth noting when using Admin with large tables: django-1.10 triggers a non limited ‘SELECT DISTINCT(<field>)…’ for every field included in a list_filter for the quick filter sidebar. Using list_filter only for indexed fields with little variance makes a huge difference; in case you really want a filter (e.g. dropdown) on a very heterogeneous column of a large table, the documentation points at a way of extending SimpleListFilter:

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