I have used append many times, but recently it refuses to work. I suspect I know why - it's a bug related to animation and/or armature.
I would love to know if anyone has any secret workarounds. The problem is 100% reproducible here - I cannot append any collections with armature and models in them. They all return "nothing indicated" as the error message.
It may also have to do with collections...I can sometimes get the project to open in append (in order to choose items) but selecting the relevant collections returns with the error.
Also, very often simply choosing any other item from the append list - cameras, or mesh say, there is no error message and nothing is brought in.
Copy and pasting of collections never works as expected. If I select the collection, and paste it in to the scene collection on my view layer, the collections are not pasted, but parts of their contents (not all), and never organised into their collection. The only work around I have atm is to go into the source file and delete everything else before copying.
We might suspect a corrupt file, but this is in multiple files including brand new ones. It also occurs both on Linux and Mac systems (I am running 3 systems), and the problem occurs there as well. I'd love to know what the problem is and if there are any work arounds. It's a really big problem.