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Task ordering in Today, 7 Days view is horribly broken

NK

(I know, I know... You can't replicate it!)

Still.

Started with a *clean* account, created a number of new projects, added many-many tasks to them. So far, so good: everything looks peachy in Chrome (31.0.1650.63 m). All tasks are roughly in the same order they are within the projects, sorted by projects. Very neat.

Downloaded and installed the latest iOS version of Todoist on my iPhone 5S (7.0.4) and logged in.

To my horror, the perfectly ordered list of some 100+ tasks for the next few days was turned into a complete hash. Forget about the order of tasks within projects! Even projects have been horribly mixed. I color-code my projects, and it's a Christmas tree here where a rainbow is expected.

The browser version continued to show a previous, good order though, even after refreshes. Of course, as soon as I did a browser cache flush it reverted to the horrible, iOS-induced order.

Since it is apparent that you can't get the order of tasks in Today or 7 Days views fixed (I first reported this issue back in summer 2012!), perhaps, we can have a workaround? Something like "Sort by Project" button similar to sorting options within the projects to quickly undo the hash?

Otherwise, given enforcement of priority order, perhaps people shouldn't be able to reorder Today and 7 Days view at all? Just list tasks in the order they appear in their respective projects...

Anything will be better than the current state of affairs!

(And no, I can't use time as discriminator for sorting: on some days I have upward of 30-40 tasks and using time isn't an option.)

Thank you.

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NK
Nick K premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 22:49 UTC

Here's some more adventures...

So, as I'm reodering the 50 or so tasks on my iPad keeping an eye on the opened Chrome window (and vice versa) I'm slowly reverting to the original order. Soon both Chrome and iPad are in sync and show exactly the same order. So far so good...

Start up the iPhone app, which opens up with the previous Christmas tree hash of tasks, but then thankfully reverts to the order I'm seeing in iPad and Chrome...

All except for two recently added tasks (I added them as I was in the process of reordering, put into correct place and made sure it was in sync between Chrome and iPad). These come in no particular order and soon both are moved in Chrome and iPad to follow iPhone...

It appears that we have two issues:

1) The iOS force sorting upon restart even if the tasks' order has been modified elsewhere

2) For whatever reason, iOS doesn't appear to respect project boundaries when it decides where in the list to drop tasks it perceived as unsorted

The former is the old issue I remember seeing for a while. The latter is something new...

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 11, 2014 - 02:49 UTC

Hi Nick,

The Today view has changed recently, being that you can't sort it at all, unless within a Prioirity area. So you can sort P1 tasks within P1 tasks, but you can not drag a P1 out to a P3 area.

So please clarify, all that you mention, is that within the Today/7 Days date based views? Are you saying none of your tasks has priorities or dates? That would be the only way you would be able to re-organize it.

Regards,
Brendon.

Yehoshua Levine premium
Replied on Feb 11, 2014 - 22:35 UTC

I'm having a similar problem since yesterday in the web interface. All of my tasks in the "today" list are P4. I put the tasks for today in a very specific order and got to work. Everything was fine for an hour or so. Then..poof! All of the tasks on in the "today" screen are in a random, shuffled order!

This really isn't good!

It happened yesterday and again today.

I can't think of anything to do to recreate. The only interaction I had with Todoist when the error occured was adding tasks via the Chrome extension and "checking off" completed tasks.

The Todoist app on my android was left in the "inbox" the whole time this happened.

Please, please fix!

NK
Nick K premium
Replied on Feb 12, 2014 - 04:50 UTC

I second Yehoshua...

Pardon my rant, but this ordering business is driving me nuts... I'm sorry, but I'm seriously aggravated! I'm on a verge of punching through my 27" monitor right now, feeding a neighboring dog to a Bronx Zoo python to placate scripting gods, and setting Edgewater Whole Foods supply of Java beans on fire for the same reason.

Can we get this sorting working already?!

Today I had to manually re-order 70 or so tasks no less than three (3) times. That's today alone!

I spend my time to order things in Today or 7 Days views the way I want, it stays like that for a few hours blissfully in sync between devices, then all of a sudden -- boom! -- it's a total hash... Lately I haven't even touched my iPhone or iPad. My Android phone is in a sleep mode. The only thing that's opened is either a Chrome browser (at work) or a Windows app (at home).

I'm afraid of even breathing next to Todoist. And I haven't been drinking. Or eating garlicky food...

Seriously: please let your developers know that this is not cool! Epic fail! If I were building my software projects the way they do Todoist, the money would be disappearing from bank accounts left and right...

Wait a sec, can I have a few of your esteemed developers for a project?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 12, 2014 - 12:52 UTC

Hello,

We're very sorry for the inconvenience, every day, as we speak the developers are fixing this and addressing other issues which will be fixed in the upcoming update very soon. We're aware of this being a serious problem and are certainly not taking it lightly. The developers are of course also aware and are actually working on this.


Best regards,
David

NK
Nick K premium
Replied on Feb 12, 2014 - 15:17 UTC

David,

Here's an interesting observation that might help: as of yesterday I cut off iPhone and iPad (iOS basically) out of the loop relying on Windows app (I think I'll drop it temporarily for the purity of experiment), Chrome web version, and Android.

So far I haven't seen any ordering issues, which agrees with my previous observation that iOS was doing something very special in terms of how it handled task order on sync.

Also, I understand recent changes to orders in terms of always breaking things up into priorities but I would really prefer this to be an option. To me the whole point of sorting tasks is to create an order in which I'm going to handle them. I'm cool with the initial order of tasks being sorted by priority, project, etc.

But once I start moving things around, the priority shouldn't be overriding my manual order.

NK
Nick K premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 15:05 UTC

Well, I've been running my little experiment for a few days and here's the results.

The sorting order for tasks in Today or 7 Days view is preserved as long as there are no iOS devices present in the mix. That is, between Windows client, web based apps (Internet Explorer and Chrome), and Android I had no issues with tasks order turning into hash.

For all its worth, it seems iOS issues with sync remain.