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cannot sort tasks in 3.0.5

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Galaxy Note 2
Verizon, 4.3

I believe I was able to drag and drop tasks before to reorder them. Now, it will allow me to drag it and drop it, but it immediately returns to its prior position.

Note: I can still drag and drop to reorder on the web version.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 20:29

Same for me. Here are more details:

- in web app, move a lower priority task over a higher priority task
- it will stay sorted until you open the android app (where the new sort is not reflected), and then it will pop back in priority order in the web app

-in web app, move a task above or below tasks of the same priority
- open the android app, the new sort is reflected in the android app

- try to resort items in the android app
- they won't move to the new sort, regardless of priority
- after several attempts to reorder the tasks, the andoid app crashes

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 20:32

BTW, sort was broken earlier in the android app after todoist next was released, and you fixed it. The latest update broke it again. http://todoist.com/Support_Android/showQuestion/563/

Yehoshua Levine premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 00:56

I'm having the same problem on my Nexus 4 (Android 4.4).

This is very disruptive!

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Robert Bendett
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 02:26

Galaxy s3
Android 4.3
Todoist 3.0.5
Sort works ok for me

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 02:54

Galaxy s3
Android 4.3
Todoist 3.0.5
Sort is not working for me

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 02:58

Robert - go to"Today" or "Next 7 Days" and then try to sort.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 04:51

Everyone,

Please tell me, after clearing the data for the Android app, does the issue still occur?

As Robert mentioned, it appears to be working fine, and I am having troubles reproducing the issue now.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 05:22

What do you mean by "clearing the data." I tried logging out and logging back in and it still is broken as I described above.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 05:42

I found your instructions for clearing the data in a different support post. I cleared my data and I am still having the issue as I described above.

I also tried Mark's suggestion of changing between today and 7 days (and projects) and it doesn't change anything. Sorting is still not working. I cannot sort in Today view or in 7 day view in the Android app.

MORE INFO:

- when I drag a lower priority task up, over a higher priority task, it just snaps back to it's lower position

- when I drag a higher priority task down, below a lower priority task, the android application crashes.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 06:01

I can reorder tasks in project view in the android app (as expected and without regard to priority), I just can't sort in the today or 7-day view.

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 07:22

I tried clearing the data and logging back in. Still no luck.
Note: The only way I can order in the Android app is to select a project. I **cannot** reorder while in "Today" or "Next 7 Days" view.

(Alice - those suggestions of mine were directed at Robert, so he could experience the **inability** to sort.)

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Robert Bendett
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 11:51

Ok, I cannot reorder tasks in the today or next 7 days view, they will move but go back to the previous position. My tasks are by date so i had never tried moving them in those views.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 12:21

Hello,

Reordering prioritized tasks on date-based views is no longer possible. Due to multiple technical issues and a lot of reports about this option causing random resorts, breaking of the default sort, no correct sorting by priority and sync issues, we will no longer support this option. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please note that you can still influence the sorting by using times in your tasks such as "today at 13:20" or changing the priorities which will now always correctly move the task to the appropriate priority group.


Best regards,
David

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 12:28

Fascinating. So, Todoist now == remember the milk?

That is terribly disappointing. So, this feature (which is really what differentiates it from others) is going to be removed from the web version as well?

As a software developer, I understand the difficulty of multi sort. But it really isn't so difficult that a major feature needs to be eliminated.

please reconsider.

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 14:41

David,
Sorry to harp on this, but the decision to abandon this functionality has essentially killed Todoist for me. I have to find a notebook pc just to do my sorting. This is looking like a deal breaker.

Just to be clear on what I am talking about....

Let's say I have 10 tasks for today, and 4 of them are priority 1:

- call Grandma
- take out the trash
- drive Mary to airport
- pick up Rx

All 4 might be priority 1, but I want to be able to drag "drive Mary to airport" to the top. Now, your solution would be to go through the tedious task (like other todo apps) and fuss with times just to get these tasks to appear the way I want them to.

Do you see the HUGE advantage users have when they can simply drag-and-drop rather than spend half an afternoon going into each task and trying to remember which time they need to put in just to get their list to appear in the order they want.

This is a giant step backward, and to be honest, I'm not sure this decision has been made with all of the facts. Are we talking about the same thing here?

Maybe I can be of some help with the sorting algorithm.
Thanks,
Mark

Yehoshua Levine premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 15:01

David,

The bug is happening on tasks that all are set to "priority 4".

I want to reiterate the feeling of the othets, as well as probably a very significant portion of your user base. If I can't change the order of tasks manually in today's view, I will abandon Todoist!

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Tom Ritter
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 16:31

The solution I found was to restore the backup I had of 2.1.3.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 22:49

Mark,

Tasks from a certain priority (without a time) can be reordered within their priority group (the fact that they can't now is actually a bug in the Android version - there will be an update most likely tomorrow). So based on your example, you can move "drive Mary to airport" above "call Grandma" if all have the same priority. You only can't move it somewhere between tasks of priority 4 (as before) and split this group.

Of course you'll be able to change the priority to put the task into the other group and then place it there.

If you don't use priorities at all, then all your tasks have a priority 4 by default and therefore can be reordered (if they don't have a time, these were always at the top) because they're the same group.


Best regards,
David

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 22:56

Thanks David. That is great news.

Yes, this is the functionality I am looking for. I get to choose the order of all of my priority 1 tasks, priority 2 tasks, etc.

So, when I am viewing "Today" or "Next 7 Days", the following sort is applied...

priority, manual sort order

So, all tasks of the same priority will appear together. But within that group of tasks, tasks will maintain manual sort order.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 23:00

David,

I also want to echo everyone's disappointment that you will no longer allow custom sort in the today and 7-day view regardless of priority. That makes priority a useless feature for me.

Something might be a high priority, but it's not the first thing I need to do. I arrange my tasks in order of the things I need to do at work, on the way home from work, and then at home. Sometimes I have a high priority thing to do at home. It wouldn't make sense for that to be at the top of my list all day while I'm at work.

The way custom sort used to work was great. I was able to quickly scan the colors to see that I had a high priority thing later, but I was also able to see it in the context of the order in which it would need to be done.

SUGGESTION ...

For me, I just need to be able to assign a color to a task to help it stand out. Maybe consider this a future feature? It could be a text color, a box color (like priority) or a background highlight of the task. Anything that would differentiate it. For now I'll paste in stars or arrows or something that will make the task stand out. It's unfortunate to lose in-app functionality that I loved and have to resort to a wonky manual workaround.

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Alice Merlino premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 23:03

David, i in the web app, you can currently custom sort in Today and 7-Day view regardless of priority. Should expect this functionality to disappear in the coming days?

Yehoshua Levine premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 23:07

David,

I'm relieved to hear that once the bug is fixed, I'll be able to sort within the priority.

With the change of forced sort by priority, I think there's a second feature you need to add to go with it: When you highlight multiple tasks, there are a few commands on the bottom of the screen, but none of those commands allow you to change the priority. I suggest adding the "change priority" command (at least add it to the last command -- menu).

The reason that this is important: when you plan your day, it's a good idea to identify the highest-impact tasks and work on them first. Adding this command to the screen would actually make the forced-sort something useful instead of an annoyance!

Thanks,

Yehoshua

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David Rogel premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2014 - 15:59

Why not give users to option to do it either way with a "Sort untimed tasks by priority" check box in Settings? I don't currently use priorities, but now I never will, knowing that it will ruin my ability to sort things manually. As someone else already mentioned, if I'm at work, a high-priority task that I can't possibly do until I get home from work should be able to be placed below a low-priority task that I can do right now. I realize that this can be overridden by manually assigning times to every task, but that takes three times as long as simply dragging thing into chronological order.

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Mark premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2014 - 08:46

It appears that manual sort in "Today" and "Next 7 Days" is working in 3.0.7.
Thanks!