Display the last modified subnode under (?) a node

Related to Auto-Sort by Date but different.

My setup

I keep track of my work-related tasks in Dynalist. I have lots of tasks, and often need to work on several tasks in parallel. So Dynalist is indispensable for me to not lose track what’s going on. I write in subnodes about what I have done so I can easily remember what was the task about and context-switch easily when needed.

My problem

So, the problem is: I need to dive into a node to see what I was last doing with the task. I’d rather see everything at once, just the task and the last subnode I added/modified under it

Proposed solution

Add the following option: IF the node doesn’t have any notes attached to it and the node’s children are collapsed, display in place of a note a link to the last modified subnode. (In fact, that’s what i am now doing by hand, it makes things better but is a bit tedious — and could easily be done automatically!)

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Unfortunately I think the proposed solution is too specific to your workflow. A dedicated option is also required because we obviously don’t want this to be the default behavior (if that’s the case, people will find that they can no longer properly “collapse” things).

Is it doable to write the last bit of information in the notes section, and then move things to its children as they get updated?

For example:

  • Main task
    Detail 2 (this is note)
    • Detail 1

and then when you add detail 3:

  • Main task
    Detail 3 (this is note)
    • Detail 1
    • Detail 2

Or alternatively, tag the last detail with a tag (e.g. #new), and when you want to see the last update of each task, simply click on any #new tag to search.

I hope that helps!

Thank you for the answer!

Yes, I do understand that my workflow is definitely not for everybody. Of course if my change were implemented, it shouldn’t have been made the default.

Your suggestions are worth considering, but as for now I don’t think they are substantially superior to my current ‘manual’ workflow.

I’m thinking that I could write a js browser extension that does the thing, but if I’m not mistaken, you don’t expose the modification/creation date of a node in html. Maybe this isn’t hard to do and doesn’t have much downsides?

It’s in the HTML, you need to do a little bit of parsing though:

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For more in-depth questions I would recommend posting to the developer board, you should get more help there :slight_smile:

Thank you!

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