Accessing data in a separate table w/out relationship

Acts_as_dropdown may be what you want:

http://delynnberry.com/pages/acts_as_dropdown/

Cheers,
Max

Use

<%= collection_select 'model_1_name', 'comment', Comment.find(:all),
'id', 'name' %>

and read up here:

http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/HowtoUseFormOptionHelpers

Cheers,
Max