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Currently, when a project is placed on hold, it no longer comes up as an available project when you are adding new tasks in Quick Entry or the Inbox.

How does everyone feel about this?

I have a big problem with it, because quite often projects on hold are simply still in the process of being developed. I'm not ready yet to take them on, so I don't want them showing up everywhere, but I'm still getting ideas in the back of my head for how to do them. This is precisely the type of situation that Quick Entry is good for: When you are doing something and have an idea for something else that you want to make a quick note of. As the system currently stands, you have to do a lot of jumping through hoops to get this "quick idea" into the appropriate location. You can just leave it blank and hope you remember want the task was for when it comes time to process the inbox, or you have to bring down filters, set to All Projects, locate the holding project, and then manually drag the task into the holding project.

I'm sure the argument for not including them is good. You want a clean project list everywhere, and putting things on hold is part of keeping things clean. My response to that would be: Isn't that what auto-complete is for, to make long lists of things quickly accessible with a few keystrokes? To, in essence, reduce massive lists to smaller user comprehensible lists? This is how programs like QuickSilver and LaunchBar work. I have hundreds of thousands of searchable items in there, but I'm always able to reduce that number to One in a matter of seconds.

So yes, what are your opinions? I've already sent mine to the OF team, and they stated that it is a concept under debate amongst themselves. But since then they have only made the project list culling more tight, by also hiding projects beneath inactive folders.

The way I see things going for me is that On Hold is going to become less and less useful for me. I'm going to have to live with a much greater amount of clutter in the visible areas of the GUI, to keep the invisible areas populated. Because the simple fact is this: I'm always thinking of everything in some part of my mind. Inspiration shouldn't be hampered by whether or not I am actively working on a project yet. Just because something is on hold doesn't mean it should be difficult to evolve its preparation for the time when it is not on hold.
 
 


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