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Karma for leaving tasks behind


There are times when you enter tasks months ago but never revisit it. There should be a flag, colour change, or some indication that a task is being left behind. Being able to view or sort or having a view by dated created so that you can act on these tasks before the become forgotten. Also, I think there should be a decrease in karma for these tasks too. It would be neat to have consequence to leaving a task in a list for too long.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Oct 27, 2013 - 13:43

Hi Dennis,

On the Today view and all date based views, overdue tasks are indeed shown at the top. Also, overdue tasks over 3 days do indeed add negative karma.


Dennis Ng premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2013 - 21:47

Actually, Brendon, i don't mean tasks that have a due date, but rather tasks that have been entered. Say for an example i have a task that I put into Todoist a month ago. There should be a setting where if a task was put into a list and nothing has happened to it (for example, no added notes, no revised or added labels, no due date added, just ignored) that the tasks starts to nag you saying that "hey, i'm being ignored. I think that the Karma can actually benefit here as people don't want to lose points. Having a view that allows you to see your tasks based on when it was created is a great way to take on those tasks that may be ignored. I think a goal of a month is a good setting.

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 06:52

Hello Dennis,

Unfortunately, we may not be able to implement such option as this would be unfair for everyone who adds tasks without due days to consider them as due "someday" - tasks that don't need to be done at a certain date, just something you can do whenever you'll have some time for it. Punishing everyone just for having tasks would be very frustrating.

That said, if you often find yourself left with unfinished tasks you would want to finish and be reminded of, please use due dates more often, try to plan everything out and if you won't meet the deadlines, you'll start losing Karma because of it.

Best regards,

Tom Hayden premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 08:39

I disagree with the Karma integration, but wholeheartedly agree that date-stamping entries with a creation date and allowing them to be sorting on them would be valuable. This would allow one to manually check for such 'left-behind' tasks as Dennis describes and also form the basis of cool stat's such as average time to resolution and so forth...

Dennis Ng premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 10:49

I agree, it doesn't need to be integrated with karma. But some sort of way to see these task would be great. That way nothing is left behind. Tom has a great idea of making it part of a stat. I would love to see this too.


Dennis Ng premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 10:50

Or even some sort of nag. Or some sort of indication of task being ignored.

Henry Maynard
Replied on Nov 06, 2013 - 10:45

You can search for tasks with no due date, which is something I use as a workaround for this kind of thing.

Dennis Ng premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2013 - 14:11

True. But it doesn't tell you the date of when you entered the task. I find that important as you could have entered tasks that are months old and either should do something about it or delete it. It would be nice to know how old the task is.