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I have a bunch of actions that repeat every day. If I complete one on my iPhone, there's a good chance I'll end up with duplicate actions the next day. Does anyone else see this? Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

I think it might be due to multiple taps. Sometimes there seems to be a lot of lag in OF's response to a tap, so I'm not sure if the tap registered, and I re-tap (a few seconds later). Not clear to me what I should be doing differently, though. Anyone else see this sort of lag in the interface?
 
Is it possible that you are tapping enough times to check it off (which creates the next one), uncheck it, and check it off again? I see that on occasion, and it isn't as readily noticed because the iPhone doesn't immediately show the newly created action even if you are showing remaining actions.

I also occasionally will check something off in both places before syncing, which will get you an extra if it is a repeating action (because both clients have created the repeat).
 
I think that's what's happening. Don't know for sure, because there's no visual or audio feedback that multiple clicks have registered. Not sure why there's sometimes no lag in registering a click, and sometimes it's seconds of lag.

It's a very frustrating catch-22 because a second click will put you (almost) back to the original state, with an invisible new action created and no user feedback at all. OF needs to treat an unchecking the completion of an action the same as undo. (Especially because there doesn't seem to be any way to undo on the iPhone.) I know that there's a feature request in for this because I've complained about it a few times. Hope it comes soon.
 
Another possibility would be that the item got checked off on the iPhone and the Mac before they both got synced with the database. When that happens, each device inherits the next copy of the action that the other one created...
 
I don't think that's what's happening, I think I'm triple clicking. I just did a test where I completed an action on my iPhone, and there was about a two second lag (maybe 1.5 seconds) before there was any feedback. That seems quite long to me ... is that normal?
 
I wouldn't say it's "normal", but I know I've seen stuff like this happen on my iPhone, both in OmniFocus and in other applications.

I'm not technical enough to give you an absolute answer as to why that happens. I'm sure there are places where our code could be more efficient, but it's also possible that the iPod/Phone apps are doing something in the background, or that the OS is using processor time to shuffle stuff around on the flash chips in the background.

If you come across particular sets of circumstances where OmniFocus gets hung up, sending in information to the support ninjas will help us find and fix the places where we're at fault. :-)
 
I have OF for iPhone, and Desktop, randomly it seems that i am getting duplicated tasks, it seems to be different tasks each time, and they are all repeating tasks, set to repeat on the 'assigned date'.

This morning i have 2 separate duplicate tasks, when i look at each of them in the inspector, they are completely identical, right down to the 'added' and 'changed' dates so i know i didnt accidentally create 2 separate actions of the same action, plus, this action didnt duplicate itself last week, as another one did.

Any ideas on what i could be doing wrong?

Thanks.
 
I've recently set up a few daily routines in the form of repeating projects. Since the tasks are always the same, I put a Start and Due date/time and Duration on the project and made it repeat daily. Repeat from assigned date, of course. I checked "Mark complete when completing last item." I want to finish the actions in my routine, have the project go away, and have an identical list pop up the next day.

It's worked well, EXCEPT for that I keep getting weird duplicate projects, and the auto-completed project will consistently become active again later in the day (showing red/overdue), even though every task in it has been checked off.

The tasks within these projects all get a start and due date identical to the parent project, and an individual task duration. But absolutely none of the individual tasks are repeated (seems like an obvious culprit so I've triple-checked this).

I haven't completely nailed down the pattern; I'm not sure exactly when these completed projects come back to life. I do know that I complete my morning routine (and watch the project get auto-completed), but when I go back after lunch it's been uncompleted and is now showing red, possibly with an inappropriate duplicate project in addition to the grey one waiting for the next day.

I sync with my iPhone several times per day, if that could be a contributor.

Am I overlooking anything obvious here? Should I never give tasks due dates when they're in a repeating project? Having those blank can make things a little of confusing on the context screen.

Any help is appreciated. I just want to get my system streamlined. Let me know if I could clarify anything that might help.
 
There's been some speculation that there's a bug having to do with actions that repeat from their assigned date, but thus far, we've been unable to reproduce it.

I know there's a thread somewhere else on the forums where we've been discussing this. I'll find it and combine your thread with it. Review the posts in the new thread and let us know what you think.
 
Brian,

I've been meaning to try to reproduce this problem. However, I've been terribly busy with work for the past week or so.

I'll try to get to it soon to help with the troubleshooting process.
 
 


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