[chandler-users] [Sum] Tasks and Stars - Next Steps

Andre Mueninghoff andre_mueninghoff at fastmail.fm
Tue May 20 14:03:47 PDT 2008

Hi Mimi,

You have a gift for succinct summarization. I'm certain these questions 
will be resolved at some point in time in some useful Chandlerized 
manner...task, star, asterism, nebula...  :)


Mimi Yin wrote:
> Hi,
> There have been several discussions on this List and Chandler-Dev 
> concerning the Task/Star Label. I'd like to take this opportunity to 
> summarize the main points and outline next steps.
> 1. We've heard from a number of users on the list that the Task Stamp is 
> sorely missed and that the Star stamp does not satisfy the same user 
> need. (It's always nice to hear that a feature was liked and used!)
> 2. My next design project is to revive and update a proposal for 
> extending the range of Item Kinds in Chandler to re-instate Tasks and 
> add a Reference Kind, and an extremely basic notion of Contacts. This 
> will be a good opportunity for us to re-examine the Task Stamp (how can 
> it be improved?!**) as well as discuss simple things we can do to make 
> basic, yet useful Reference and Contacts Kinds.
> (**My theory about why the Task Stamp was confusing for some people is 
> that it simply didn't *do* enough to merit use. The same could be said 
> for why in PIMs, features like Flagging and Starring are more widely 
> used than Todo Lists.)
> 3. We have also discussed making a "Task" parcel available in the 
> short-term as a temporary stop-gap measure while we sort out a more 
> coherent story for customizing and extending Item Kinds.
> 4. Finally, please believe when I say that we remain focused on users 
> who will be *heavy* users of Chandler and are trying our best to balance 
> competing user needs.
> I will be following up with a more detailed blog post on this issue.
> Mimi
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