I have automated my opportunity stage field using a before insert and before update trigger,
The result of this trigger is that if a user selects a stage for the opportunity object it will be overwritten by the trigger before the object is saved,
Because their choice will be overwritten anyway I would like users to not have to select a stage when creating a new opportunity,
Since opportunity stage is a required field and there is a system validation in place to prevent an opportunity being saved without a stage this cannot be solved with workflows or triggers,
I would greatly appreciate a solution to this problem.