NEED: The ability to mark a section as complete so it no longer appears within a project when filtering for incomplete tasks. AND to be able to do that without deleting the history of tasks within that section.
SUGGESTION: Add an option to sections and boards to either a) complete the section as you would a task, or b) archive the section as you would a project.
*Please do not conflate this issue with the need to be able to delete a section. These are two related but fundamentally different issues. Also, this issue specifically relates to the new section layout.
1. Basic Functionality
This is very basic functionality.
When a task is completed, it can be marked complete. I can review completed tasks by filtering for ‘All Tasks’.
When a project is completed, I can archive it. I can review archived projects by clicking on ‘Show archived projects’, within a given team (that bit is clunky, but at least the data is there).
The new sections are great in many ways. But they can neither be completed nor archived, which is silly.
2. Delete Isn’t the Answer
For the most part, I DO NOT WANT TO BE DELETING SECTIONS.
An important basic function is the ability to review previously completed tasks.
We need that data:
a) to track the progress of work,
b) to reference details contained in attachments and comments on completed tasks, and
c) sometimes to copy a completed set of tasks as a template for new work.
3. Current Hacks
The hacks we’ve identified to manage this issue in the meantime are as follows:
a) I can delete the section.
That removes it from the project view but eliminates all historical data. *Currently sections can’t even be deleted without first deleting all the tasks within it. That is even more silly. I understand there is a fix in the works to resolve this. That’s good but DOES NOT SOLVE the issue defined here.
b) I can create an ‘Archive’ section at the bottom of the project, move all completed tasks there, and then delete the old section.
This removes the section from project view and preserves the data of the original tasks. But now the tasks have lost their structure that we took pains to define through the way we set up the sections in the first place. I’m left with a giant pile of random tasks inside an Archive folder I’d rather not have cluttering my project.
c) I can create a task within the archive that has the name of the old Section. Then I can move all the tasks from the old section into subtasks in the new task within the Archive section. Then delete the old section.
That still leaves me with an unwanted ‘Archive’ section in my project, but at least it is just one unwanted section and the order of the tasks and associated data is preserved. But really? Man that is an unreasonable amount of tedious administration.
Those are the current options we’ve been able to identify. Are we missing anything?