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Repeat tasks that have sub-tasks

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Hello,

I just remembered a question that I've been meaning to ask for a while.

I notice that if I have a task that repeats, and there are sub-tasks under that task, the sub-tasks remain marked as "complete" when the main task appears in the new date. Would it be possible to have the sub-task renew themselves also?

There are some instances where I'd find this most helpful..

Thanks.
Paul

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Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 26, 2013 - 13:32 UTC

Hi Paul, if you made that a suggestion in the votebox, I'd definitely vote for it.
Andy

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 26, 2013 - 14:20 UTC

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the suggestion. This isn't possible right now but feel free to add it to our votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/

Thanks,
Brendon.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 26, 2013 - 17:59 UTC

Hello Paul,

The only workaround for this right now is to make the sub-tasks recurring as well in which case each time you complete them, they will be moved to the next date. However, this will not display them as crossed-out the same way it does when they're non-recurring.


Best regards,
David

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Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 26, 2013 - 18:55 UTC

Hi Paul, voted for it as promised :-)

Kevin M. Miller  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2014 - 16:04 UTC

This is an incomplete implementation of a product feature, it seems strange that this would be a feature to be voted on. It should be on the bug fix list not vote to fix list. It doesn't work as a normal person would expect the product to work.

Devon H.  premium
Replied on Mar 15, 2014 - 14:32 UTC

"This is an incomplete implementation of a product feature, it seems strange that this would be a feature to be voted on. It should be on the bug fix list not vote to fix list. It doesn't work as a normal person would expect the product to work."

Agreed, Kevin. I've found that this makes Todoist unusable for me and had to leave the app because of it. Under what circumstance would anyone ever want to have a repeating task where the subtasks don't also repeat? All I can think of is say, "Watch Doctor Who" where each episode is listed below, and each week another can be checked off. This is the only example of this I can think of, and IMHO doesn't mean the subtasks should function this way. It's much more common for a task such as "Daily Review" to reoccur with subtasks that must be completed each time, yet you cannot do this simple thing in Todoist without also having the subtasks show up, out of order, in the Today list as both separate tasks and subtasks to the parent task. Makes NO sense. The fact this is being taken to vote and not simply fixed bothers me.

Kevin M. Miller  premium
Replied on Mar 15, 2014 - 15:01 UTC

This is still one of the better products out there and it is being actively developed. There are others, but no updates are being worked on. I will keep using Todist and just work around this and other bugs. I've been writing software for over 20 years and know that they could band-aid this with a simple for(....) loop in the code. This also shows that the company didn't architect the design - this is the same reason that they cannot duplicate a template and have to export and import. Some developer just started to cowboy it up and no one is doing any type of user testing, since this is a feature most people would use.

If it makes you feel any better, Wonderlist is even worse with sub-tasks.

David Negron
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 02:34 UTC

Agreed, this is a really annoying bug. If a parent task renews, all associated sub-tasks should renew with it accordingly -- especially since setting a subtask to reoccur makes the task show twice.

One would also expect a "list header" (tasks with the *asterisk and no checkbox present) to disappear/move to the next day once all the subtasks are done. Note that the list header does not show up with the repeated subtasks unless a due date is assigned to it, which renders the idea of a list header fairly useless.

Where is this particular issue in the votebox to vote on?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 02:44 UTC

David,

Feel free to create one, as I do not believe there is already a request for this.

Regards,
Brendon.

Daniel Miller  premium
Replied on May 06, 2014 - 22:52 UTC

Brendon.

There are several same and similar requests for this in the votebox and
help requests:

jimjones26
Replied on Dec 12, 2014 - 19:49 UTC

This should be part of the core feature of any to do list app. This is really annoying the hell out of me. Is there any plans on getting this fixed? It's a bug, not a new feature request.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 12, 2014 - 20:03 UTC

Hello,

This isn't something we're working on right now, but we'll look into it in future updates.


Regards,
David

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Laura H
Replied on Dec 13, 2014 - 01:28 UTC

Agree with all above. Not having sub tasks repeat with their parent (and show up in appropriate order) is really frustrating.

Alex
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 21:23 UTC

It seems the Votebox is now closed. I'd also like to see this feature implemented.

It's just bizarre that this isn't the default behavior.

Arthur Schwartz  premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 21:43 UTC

I agree. It is easy to make an error as a result.

Tymoteusz Masiakowski
Replied on Jan 18, 2015 - 10:19 UTC

Would love for it to autocomplete - it's counterintuitive right now. Vote +1!

Jonathan Moy de Vitry  premium
Replied on Mar 01, 2015 - 12:31 UTC

Bump. This is not a feature we're talking about...it's a bug fix.

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Marek  premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 13:19 UTC

any updates on this?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 13:43 UTC

Hello Marek,

Unfortunately, not yet, but we'll consider such feature for future updates.


Regards,
David

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Marek  premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:01 UTC

@David
Thanks for the response, but I would hardly call this a 'feature'. It's clearly a bug in task repeat functionality and should be prioritized appropriately. Can you at least provide sime timelines for this? It's a show stopper for me (and likely for others).

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:07 UTC

Marek,

Unfortunately we can't give you any estimate when this may be added. It's not a bug as it behaves as implemented, but we'll look into changing this behavior or add it as an option :-)


Regards,
David

Smokie Lee  premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:13 UTC

+1

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Marek  premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:17 UTC

If it's not the bug, please explain what is the point of having 'repeat' option for sub-tasks if it does not make absolutely any difference ? Even if you explicitly apply 'repeat' date to sub-task, you still can complete them only once. Exactly just as you did not apply it at all.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:23 UTC

Marek,

If a sub-task is recurring, completing it will move its date to the next date. If it's not recurring, it will be grayed out and checked-off. If any of your sub-tasks are grayed out even though they are occurring, then this is a bug and something else than what's being requested here.

I've seen your new thread now and this looks like a bug indeed, I will reply to the other thread now.


Regards,
David

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Marek  premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2015 - 14:39 UTC

David,
Apologies - you were right. As discussed in other thread, this has been fixed and works with suggested workaround of setting repeated dates on each sub tasks.

For people that still have problems with repeat option not working on subtasks - please try deleting those tasks (including super-task) and recreating them. It helped me.