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Indented tasks error in search results

SH

Hi,

Just to layout the situation:

Here's my sample tasklist (the numbers shows the indent level, and the words in brackets are how I'll be referring to them later on in my question) -

0 - Upgrade Computer @projects @home (Task A)
1 - Move files (Sub task A1)
2 - Copy files from C drive (Sub sub task A1-1)
2 - Copy files from D drive (Sub sub task A1-2)

0 - Upgrade Office Computer @projects (Task B)
1 - Backup harddrive @home (Subtask B1)
2 - Copy files from C drive @home (Sub Subtask B1-1)


Here's what this same tasklist looks like when I search "@home" (the > is the arrow denoting there's subtasks) -

> @projects @home Upgrade Computer
> @home Backup harddrive
@home Copy files from C drive


This is what the tasklist looks like when I open all the arrows -

0 - @projects @home Upgrade Computer
1 - Move files
2 - Copy files from C drive
2 - Copy files from D drive

0 - @home Backup harddrive
1 - @home Copy files from C drive

0 - @home Copy files from C drive (Sub Subtask B1-1)


This is what the tasklist looks like when I try to close the arrows -

(close the "Backup harddrive" arrow)

0 - @projects @home Upgrade Computer
1 - Move files
2 - Copy files from C drive
2 - Copy files from D drive (Sub Subtask B1-1)

0 - @home Backup harddrive (Sub Subtask B1-1)

(please note that even the "level 0 - @home Copy files from C drive" has been hidden)

(close the "Upgrade Computer" arrow)

0 - @projects @home Upgrade Computer

(please note everything has been hidden, even other non-indented items)



Here are the issues:

== Issue 1 ==

As could be seen above, in search results, opening and closing overarching tasks could hide any tasks that are indented at a lower level, even though they aren't "related".

This makes the search results very clunky to use, when I can "lose" tasks through opening and closing unrelated tasks at a higher hierarchy.

How do I get around this?

== Issue 2 (more a suggestion than a question, unless there's a work around in place already) ==

Indented tasks (eg. Sub Subtask B1-1) are duplicated in search results (both as a standalone, and as part of an indented list).

Perhaps if the search script understands that a subtask shares the same context as it's home-task (ie. "Backup harddrive"), it could refrain from duplicating the result?

Or perhaps (and better yet), subtasks should be shown with all it's super-structures intact (ie, indented under "Backup harddrive" which is in turn indented unter "Upgrade Office Computer")? As you can see, sub-sub tasks can be very vague, or similar to a task in another project (ie. "copy files from C drive" is used in two major tasks, but is completely unrelated). If it's not shown with it's overarching project/task, it loses meaning/context.

If the suggestion is, "add the same @context to all overarching tasks", then you'll still have the duplication issue where items show up both within an indented list and as a standalone item.

All responses

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 29, 2013 - 07:25

Hello Serena,

Thank you for your report. We've been able to reproduce the issue reg. hiding of elements below the expanded task after collapsing them and we'll fix it soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

As for the display of sub-tasks, we've chosen this solution as we think it's the best way to make sure you see all search results, don't miss anything and will see everything in the right context.

The basic rule for this display is - show every element (task or sub-task) which meets the search criteria. If the task that meets the search criteria is a parent task, allow the option so see what sub-task in contains for reference. On the right side of each task and sub-task, you can see the project name in which it's placed.

Of course we may reconsider this behavior and you're welcome to add your suggestions to our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/


Best regards,
David

SH
Serena Ho
Replied on Feb 11, 2013 - 21:48

Hi David,

Just want to know when this issue would be resolved?

This search result error affects even the "Today" list. Meaning, if I look up all tasks that are due today, I can't mark them as completed from that list, because any (wrongly) indented tasks under it would be marked as completed as well!

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 12, 2013 - 05:24

Hello Serena,

Unfortunately, I can't give you a timeframe on when it will be fixed, but we're working on it right now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

For now, as a workaround, please try to avoid collapsing previously expanded parent tasks on this list if you want to mark tasks as completed.


Best regards,
David

SH
Serena Ho
Replied on Feb 12, 2013 - 09:30

Hi,

I think I should explain.

When clicking into "today" or "7 days", I'll have the issue mentioned in my first post - indented tasks gets allocated to non-related parent tasks.

The problem I'm bringing up now is that when I've completed a parent task, I can't click on complete in the "today" or "7 days" view, because that might mark unrelated subtasks as completed as well. This has nothing to do with collapsing any parent tasks at all.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 12, 2013 - 11:33

Serena,

Thank you for the clarification. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce this issue. I just tried to complete many parent tasks in various combinations of other parent and/or sub-tasks above below and in between them and always only the appropriate parent task has been completed.

Please describe the exact circumstances in which this issue occurs, that is - how many tasks are on the list in a certain day, where is the parent task placed, how many tasks are below it (if nothing is expanded) and which ones are completed along with the parent? You're also welcome to send a screenshot illustrating this situation to david@todoist.com


Best regards,
David