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Let me change sort order so it goes to the top and not the bottom

NG

I prefer to have my most important items appear at the top of my list, not the bottom.

This saves me constantly having to scroll down to the bottom of my task list to see what the important items are.

Specifically I would like to have a Preferences that reverses sort order on all sorts. The pref would say something like "Reverse sort order (important items appear at top)".

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David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 10:35

Hello Ned,

thank you for your suggestion, we appreciate it and will consider adding such option in future development.

Please note that right now, top priority tasks are already being displayed at the top of the task list. By clicking the "p" key or using the "sort by priority" option, you should see tasks with the first priority at the top of the list.

Please try to clear your browser cache if that's not the case and let us know:
- Which browser you're using?
- Does this issue occur in different browsers as well?
- Are you accessing Todoist directly through the website or through a plugin (if so - which one)?


Best regards,
David

NG
Ned Gulley premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 10:53

Thanks very much for the quick reply.

I'm really mystified here, because I just tried it in Chrome 17.0.963.46 (also with the Chrome Todoist Extension), Firefox 10.0.1, and IE 8.0.7601, and in each case the prioritized answers, whether sorted by date or priority, sort to the BOTTOM of the list. I've cleared the cache a few times in each case.

You're telling me that they actually should be appearing at the top (i.e. up in the direction of the browser toolbar)?

What you describe is the behavior I expect and desire, but it's not at all what I'm seeing.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 11:06

Ned,

please try to create a new project or even a new free Todoist account and add 3 test tasks with 3 different priorities by typing !p1 in one task (within the task name), !p2 in the second task and !p3 in the third.

Then, while browsing the project, try to either use "sort by priority" from the gear icon in the top-right corner of your task list or use the "p" key and let me know if the task marked as red is at the top, followed by the blue one and the green one at the bottom.


Best regards,
David

NG
Ned Gulley premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 11:20

I see the problem. My actual issue is with all the unprioritized tasks.

My original request could be reworded like so: please consider all unprioritized tasks to have an implied priority of 4 and all undated tasks to have an implied due date of infinity.

I have lots and lots of tasks, and only a few of them get dates or priorities (it's less effort that way). But when I sort, all the unprioritized stuff bubbles to the top.

ALSO: I notice that even when I make a new test project and add as dates three successive days (say wed, thurs, fri), "sort by date" is putting the latest date at the top, rather than the earliest. That still seems backwards to me.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 12:54

Ned,

unfortunately, I can't reproduce this issue :(

I've made a short video showing how the "Sort by priority" and "Sort by date" options work:
http://screencast.com/t/pYewlaoC

As you can see, the order is correct - priorities 1-3 get sorted to the top and the rest to the bottom. Every task without a priority actually has a 4th priority by default.

Also, sorting by date puts the tasks in the chronological order. As shown - yesterday (overdue) at the top, followed by today, then tomorrow and friday.

Please tell me - have you always experienced this issue or did it started to occur at a certain time (if so - when did you notice it for the first time)? Have you tried creating a new project on a new free Todoist account (created with a different email address)?


Best regards,
David

NG
Ned Gulley premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 15:07

Hi David:

I give you high marks for your diligence helping me.

Following your lead, I've made a Jing video showing my situation. Here it is: http://screencast.com/t/WwKtU976QlU

Notice first of all that the high priority items go to the bottom of the list when I sort them.

Notice also that my dates when sorted are at the bottom and back-to-front compared to yours.

Also, I added a few items that had neither dates nor priorities.

Strange, eh?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 15, 2012 - 00:19

Ned,

thank you for this video. This is indeed a strange bug. It would be very helpful if you would answer the following questions which could help us identify the cause of this issue:

1. Have you always experienced this issue on your account or did it started to occur at a certain time (if so - when did you notice it for the first time)?

2. Have you tried creating a new project on a new free Todoist account (created with a different email address)?


Best regards,
David

NG
Ned Gulley premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2012 - 03:00

Hi David:

In answer to your questions...

1. As far as I can recall, my account was always like this.

2. I am happy to report that, yes indeed, when I try a free account with a new email address, it works as advertised.

But my main account (where I've entered all my tasks) is still flipped around somehow. Perhaps my mistake was to pay for a Premium upgrade (kidding :-).

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Feb 15, 2012 - 03:18

Hey Ned

I can see that you are a very early Todoist user. Sorting order was an option long time ago and you must in this time have re-configured your sorting options. We have manually reset your options to default, which should work as you want.

Please let us know if this works out for you.

Best regards,
Amir

NG
Ned Gulley premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2012 - 04:20

Hooray! Problem resolved.

I thank you all for your work to fix this.

I had just moved everything over to Todoist from a free to-do list manager with no support at all (Zenbe Lists). I'm happy to pay for and receive good support. Thanks guys.