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Nested list of subtasks collapses when web app is syncing?

I've been using subtasks in the inbox (e.g., things to do before the holiday).

I use the disclosure triangle to expand the entire list and start making edits.

It appears that the first time the web app syncs back to the todoist server, the exanded list automatically collapses. I have to hit the disclosure triangle to expand again.

Also seems the expanded view collapses somewhat randomly thereafter.

Thanks for looking into this. Happy Holidays.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Dec 19, 2013 - 22:17 UTC

Hi Neel,

I cannot seem to reproduce this issue. Please clarify, which browser are you using? Does this occur with any sub-tasks, or just items that are in the Inbox?

What edits are you making, changing date, or adding notes?


Neel Sarkar  premium
Replied on Dec 19, 2013 - 22:25 UTC

Hi Brendon,

I'm using Mac OS X Mavericks and Chrome browser.

This behavior is happening on all four instances I've tried: Mac OS X HTML app, todoist.com, Chrome browser extension, and Gmail plug in.

I have a list as follows:

Master task
Task A
Task B
Task C

If I check off Task B, all the subtasks are collapsed again. I think I've isolated it to the Today or Next 7 days views (which I'm assuming are dynamically generated). If I view Master Task and its associated subtasks in the Inbox list (where I created it), the problem doesn't show up.

Hope that helps isolate it.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Dec 20, 2013 - 01:58 UTC


This would then be the expected behavior. I am going to assume that the sub-tasks do not have dates? The Today view, and date based views will only show tasks that are due that time, so if the sub-tasks aren't due then, they will collapse when refreshed.


WBL  premium
Replied on Jun 11, 2014 - 01:40 UTC

"This would then be the expected behavior."

Does that have to be the expectation? I consider that behavior really idiosyncratic. (There are some things that have not been implemented by the developers of Todoist, but I don't consider them idiosyncratic. They are "unimplemented". But this behavior is truly idiosyncratic.)

I think the developers of Todoist have a different stance towards parent task-subtask that continues to baffle me. For example, when all the subtasks have been completed the parent task still remains uncompleted, unless the parent task itself is ticked. Another example is when the parent task is recurring -- completing the parent task triggers the next occurrence of the parent task but does not clear the completed subtasks.

Yes, yes, your developers have their own logic, and it may be coherent within their own logic. But it's not how other to-do apps usually operate, and that kind of unconventional behavior is irksome (I'm assuming to many users.)