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Priority sorting bug in todoist (longlasting issue)

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Hi, i have been using todoist for years but i still dont understand the way how the priorities works. When i click on sort by priority: all task get aligned in exactly oposite way. Highest priority items goes down and lowest stays up. (even this dont work perfectly because sometimes there are tasks just mixed up, blue beneath the red ones, tasks without priorities on the bottom right next to red ones etc) Why is it so? It doesnt make any sense. This feature bug makes me switch to reordering mode instead of assigning priorities to tasks. I almost forget about this malfunction, just recently after todoist crashed for few hours (issue that have been solved, thanks for that) i have realised that after recovering the service all my tasks are completely messed up again. This was the time to hit sort by priority button again. But as i said before sorting by priority just doesnt work in todoist. My only question is: are you aware of this bug and do you plan to do something about it? (I know its easy to say we are working on it so i demand estimated time from you guys) Sincerely yours prevailingly satisfied (sometimes angry) user from Slovakia:)

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 29, 2011 - 06:18 UTC

Hello Martin,

if you sort tasks by priority, the priorities of the main task are being considered in the first place, then priorities of their sub-tasks will be sorted only within the main task, by their priority within the same level. They are being ordered with !p1 on top and !p4 on bottom followed by no-priority tasks.

So, for example, if you have such task structure:

| - Main Task 1 !p4
| | - Sub-task 1-1 !p4
| | - Sub-task 1-2 !p2
| - Main task 2 !p3
| | - Sub-task 2-1 !p2
| | - Sub-task 2-2 !p1

and hit "sort by priority", you'll get

| - Main task 2 !p3
| | - Sub-task 2-2 !p1
| | - Sub-task 2-1 !p2
| - Main Task 1 !p4
| | - Sub-task 1-2 !p2
| | - Sub-task 1-1 !p4

so the Sub-task 2-2, for example, will be top priority, but only within the 2nd level of it's Main task 2.

Is this how it works in your case?

Although it's not a good idea to try it out on your existing tasks as we're still working working on restoring their proper order, please try creating a new small project with a couple of tasks (even from the above example) and tell me if it works as described.

If it doesn't work, please tell me:
- Which browser are you using?
- Are you accessing Todoist directly or through a plugin (if so, which one)?


Best regards,
David

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Replied on Jul 31, 2011 - 10:55 UTC

Thanks for quick reply, i have tried it in new test project. When i hit sort button the task are sorted this way:

TOP
tasks with no priority
tasks with prioriry 1
tasks with priority 2
tasks with priority 3
BOTTOM
(same effect is with subtasks)

I am using Google Chrome (latest vs) but this issue have been around for as long as i remember (in firefox times too) The usability problem is that my lists get really long after time a i canĀ“t really sort by priority because all my really important tasks get to the bottom. The same issue is with label queries, tasks are sorted the same "opposite" way.

I am accessing Todoist directly

If you have privileges to do it, go to my account and trie it for yourself.

I am looking forward for your answer

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 31, 2011 - 13:55 UTC

Hello Martin,

I'm sorry, but I can't reproduce this :(

I have a couple of questions that may help find the bug:
- How did you add these tasks? Using "add task" or "add task below/above"?
- Did you use any keyboard shortcuts? If so, which ones?
- Did you reorder these tasks?
- Did you change priorities in the process?
- Did you change the tasks indent level?
- Did you move these (or some of these) tasks between projects?

Basically, if you could exactly, step by step, describe, the process in which you've added these tasks along with their details (due date, labels, indent level, priority, the way you've set the priority etc.).

So far, I've tried a lot of combinations and they're always being sorted properly, which is:

TOP
Priority 1
Priority 2
Priority 3
No priority (default priority 4)
BOTTOM


Best regards,
David

U
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Replied on Jul 31, 2011 - 16:40 UTC

Answers to questions (in order youve asked):

1. i usually add by normal add task, sometimes add above (however it doesnt make difference, i have tried both ways in test project, always the same wrong order: first are task with no priority, then p1, p2, p3)
2. sometimes, shortcuts like a or shift-a
3. it doesnt make difference, i have tried sorting by priority after reordering and without reordering, results are the same
4. i have tried both things, reorder and no reorder, tasks always behave the same
5. i dont do that in test project (in my normal projects i mostly use just tasks without subtasks)
6. no

I dont know what else to write, i just added 5 tasks, first with priority 2, than with p3, than with no priority, than with p1, than with no priority. My results are ALWAYS sorted the way i have described post above. This same thing is happening in brand new test project. If you run todoist in chrome you should see the same thing, i doesnt make sense that just my account is wrong in this. Or?

My suggestion:
Please try to create brand new account with your email, test it in chrome and if everything works fine and also if it is possible try to upload there my whole database. Or gime me some other suggestions please. Thanks for your time