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Whilst I love sub-tasks (my reason for coming here from RTM), I'm getting increasingly frustrated with the fact they don't move with their parent when I re-order tasks, this leaves them assigned to a different parent task.


- task 1 v
-- subtask 1
-- subtask 2
- task 2

If I were to drag task 2 to between task 1 and subtask 1, then the two subtasks would now be assigned to task 2:

- task 1
- task 2 v
-- subtask 1
-- subtask 2

This is messy, dangerous and wrong.
Can you change the logic so that either a) a task dragged to a position below a task with subtasks is inserted below the subtasks or b) subtasks are assigned to a task in a hierarchical manner rather than being implied by position and indentation. I'd prefer option b. This would remove the need for user-set indentation.


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Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 07:34 UTC

Hi Steve,

Thank your for your feedback. Feel free to add this as a suggestion in the votebox https://todoist.com/Vote/ so other users can vote for it.



luis3214 premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Yes, please add this to the votebox!

Kelly premium
Replied on Jun 07, 2014 - 19:44 UTC


Rick premium
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 20:12 UTC

i agree. this is a must have for me.

Trish Putnam premium
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 20:16 UTC

+1, definitely! That's an expected behavior - if a sub-task is associated with a parent task, it should move as a unit.

Pert Eilers premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2014 - 14:29 UTC

This is, quite frankly, unforgivable behavior in a task management/productivity tool. I love the simplicity of TD, but I need to be able to see subtasks related to their primary task - and stay there. Losing the relationship between primary and subtasks is very bad. Having two tasks show up on the same "Today" view - one as a primary and the other as a secondary under the primary is messing up the whole point of "getting things done." Do a round of remote usability testing, and I bet your users will come up with workable solutions!
Honestly, the more intensely I use the ToDoist, the more problematic this becomes. It makes me regret getting premium.

Kakaxa premium
Replied on Sep 19, 2014 - 11:28 UTC

"... see subtasks related to their primary task - and stay there. Losing the relationship between primary and subtasks is very bad."


Jay Medley premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 14:48 UTC

Good grief. This should be a basic requirement of ANY task management application. Not sure if Todoist can be used with other people who aren't used to avoiding this SNAFU.

Peter Nilsson
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 19:38 UTC

So, this is why I couldn't understand sub tasks. It never crossed my mind that indentation alone would be the indicator. This is a very fragile implementation. As a new user I really like TD, but working with sub tasks are essential to me and I think I will have to wait to go Premium until that is working as expected.

Rick Schwartz premium
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 16:09 UTC

I'm glad for this thread. It makes me feel less incompetent. It was completely expected to me that sub-tasks would actually be sub-tasks. They are not. They are merely tasks that are indented.

One of the crucial elements of GTD is to take a task and break it into next-actions. Next-actions ARE sub-tasks.

Please get this done, without it, your system is just a list and I could be using Outlook Tasks. X-(

Dragan Ruzic premium
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 19:58 UTC

An old thread containing a very important issue.
Not knowing anything about coding, a developer friend explained that you guys would have to go deep into the TD code and that it can take time.
Now it's been 6 months since the issue has been brought up.

I can only second the request for a "redo" of this option in Todoist. We need a working subtask structure that is intuitive and easy to understand.