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Why do items without a priority get sorted above those with one?

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I want to sort a list of items by priority. But when I do, all the items that have NOT been assigned a priority get sorted above those that DO have a priority setting. This makes "sort by priority" totally useless. Say I have a list of 20 items -- three of them have a priority of "1", another three have a priority of "2", and the rest have no priority setting selected. When I arrange by priority, those six items -- ostensibly the HIGHEST priority items in the list -- get pushed to the very bottom, and everything without a priority setting stays on top. That sucks! I end up having to manually put my top-priority items at the top of the list, which is a waste of time.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 21, 2011 - 11:44

Hello Jason,

please tell me:
- Does clearing your browser's cache solve this issue?
- Which browser are you using?
- Does this issue also occur in a different browser?
- Are you accessing Todoist directly through the website or through a plugin (if so - which one)?
- Are you sorting the tasks using the gear icon menu or the "p" key?
- If you create a new test project, add a couple of tasks with different priorities and sort by priority, does the issue still persist?


Best regards,
David

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Replied on Dec 21, 2011 - 11:49

I mainly use Chrome, but I've replicated the issue on Firefox as well. It occurs in both the website version and the Chrome extension that I use. I'm sorting by using the Gear icon, but the same thing occurs when I use the P key. I've tried it on a new project and on several old ones. The issue persists.

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 21, 2011 - 23:54

Jason,

unfortunately, I can't reproduce this issue :(

Please tell me, are all of your tasks on the same (primary) indent level?

Also, please try to create a new free Todoist account and let me know if this issue also occurs on this new account.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Best regards,
David

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clutchyhopkinsmusic@gmail.com
Replied on Dec 22, 2011 - 06:01

Hi David,
I created a new account under a different test email address, and when I tested the issue there, it did not occur. The priority items sorted properly, above the non-prioritized items. So I guess something's wrong with my account. I've had it for several years...maybe I'll have to delete it, start a new one with my main email, and rebuild my task list.

Thanks for your help,
Jason

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clutchyhopkinsmusic@gmail.com
Replied on Dec 22, 2011 - 06:01

(this Clutchyhopkins email was the test account)

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 22, 2011 - 11:04

Jason,

this shouldn't happen at all. If it wouldn't be an inconvenience, recreating your task lists on the new account and trying to sort them by priority after adding every couple of tasks could help us identify this bug which might be related to a specific task structure, formatting or content.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Best regards,
David

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Matt Mumper premium
Replied on Mar 28, 2012 - 08:11

I'm having the same problem, and I have a premium account and don't want to sign up for another one. When I sort (Firefox, Chrome, after clearing browser -- using the gear icon or pressing "p", it doesn't matter) after assigning a priority to every item, the items are sorted 4-1-2-3 (Black, Red, Blue, Green) The only way I can work around this is to stop using priority 4, so that at least my items sort Red, Blue, Green -- but...that means I have to assign a priority to every item I enter, or else all new items will end up at the top of my sorted list. This is a real bother.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 28, 2012 - 09:46

Hello Matt,

unfortunately, we're still unable to reproduce this issue.

Please clarify - does this happen if you add a !p4 to the tasks without a priority, pick the 4 from the gear menu or not add any priority at all? Note - the 4th priority is the default priority set for every task whether you define it or not.

It would be very helpful if you could try to create a new project and try adding 4 or 5 test tasks to it to see if it occurs in the new project as well or try to move some of the tasks (one of each priority) to the new project.

Also, please tell me - what URL is being displayed in the address bar while you're on the Todoist website? Does it contain v=6?


Best regards,
David