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Why not add some more date formats?

JM

Why can't you just let me type 10th Jan or Jan 10th? Either variation is completely unambiguous so it is not like it would confuse anyone. Every time I try to enter a recurring event (which is just about all my items since I just started using the app) it ends up taking me 5 minutes to enter the date!
The user interface should try to be a little more liberal about what date formats and recurrence phrasings it accepts. There is also the possibility that it could "educate" me at the same time as I use it by showing the recurrence formulas in my recurring tasks in the list above when I start to add a task - this could avoid extra visual clutter during regular use but offer the information for reference when I need it because if I am adding a task to pay credit card B on the 25th of every month odds are I will end up using the same logic as I used to pay credit card A in the 12th of every month.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 16, 2013 - 16:08 UTC

Hi Jamison,

Thank you for the suggestion. We are always looking to improve Todoist and the way things are accomplished with it. We will consider adding this in the near future.

For now you are able to enter jan 10 or 10 jan into the date area, and it is accepted by our system. Feel free to add the "educate" suggestion in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/

Thanks,
Brendon.

JM
Jamison Masse
Replied on Jul 16, 2013 - 16:16 UTC

Really? I just tried adding a test task with the due date "every month starting aug 10th" and I received an "Invalid date" message.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 16, 2013 - 16:18 UTC

Jamison,

We accept aug 10, not aug 10th. Please do not use the "th" at the end of the number. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Thanks,
Brendon.

JM
Jamison Masse
Replied on Jul 16, 2013 - 16:22 UTC

I guess that is the frustrating thing, they are called "human dates" but if you type them in the way a human actually says them they get rejected.