wordmuse
If I create a set of 10 thoughts of things to do, there is only one visual way to see the thoughts I have designated as completed versus those that I've yet to do.  That is with thought types: one type for to do and another type for done.  (I suppose I could leave the to do items in the default - without a designated type.

But this is clumsy. I can't look at a thought and just check it off. I'd like to have checkboxes, just to the left of a thought.  I've created a mock-up to show you what I envision.

As can be seen, it is super-easy to see which items have been completed and which are yet to be done. The "to do list" is just one possible use. You could also use it to designate important items in a research project, etc.

- Bal

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Spacenexus
An original and thoughtful idea! +1

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rengel
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...  there is only one visual way to see the thoughts I have designated as completed versus those that I've yet to do....


An alternatiive would be to use two tags: todo and done. I would use a thought type to designate the thought as a task.
Checkboxes would add still more clutter to the plex.

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You could also use it to designate important items in a research project, etc.


How about icons to designate important items?



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enkidu
I agree with rengel on leaving the plex as simple as possible.

Also agree that icons in this case would be just as efficient as checkboxes - didn't think of trying, icon usage is very new for me.

I use container thoughts TO DO and DONE, which is less than optimal but satisfactory.



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wordmuse
The ability to attach an icon to a thought type is new to me - and fantastic.  Thank you for that.  It's not as elegant as simply being able to toggle a checkbox since I have to go through a multistep (but easy) process to change the thought type.  But I agree with you that icons are better for multi-value variables (e.g., start, in progress, stopped, and done).

Perhaps giving users the option of having checkboxes in the Plex would provide me and those who don't want them with the flexibility to have it as we each desire.

- Bal
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zenrain
This would be a welcome feature, using Thought types is a workaround, but it means you can't give that thought a type other than todo (or done).
Tags work slightly better for that purpose, however you can't assign icons to them, so you lose the visual differentiation.
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enkidu
taking a step back, I am wondering if we are not shoehorning TheBrain into something which it is not.
After all, it is fundamentally NOT a project management application. It's not conceived this way, as far as I'm concerned.

For real project management, there are apps that are far better suited  for the purpose.

I agree that some form of TO-DOing is possible, but TheBrain is just NOT time/date-oriented. The Plex is not, the views are not.

that's my 2 (€) cents for the day !
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wordmuse
Actually, you can set up multiple thought types that are semantically along a single variable. At first I simply color coded the thoughts, which wasn't very helpful because there are limited colors and my ability to perceive nuanced shades of colors is somewhat limited. I have a tough time, for example, telling the difference between #ffffaa and #ffffbb.  I know - sad, really, but as Clint would say, "A man's gotta know his limitations."

But by being able to add icons to the thought types, I can make muti-valued variables with multiple thought types.

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As I assign the thought type, the icon is also assigned.

One significant disadvantage of this method is a possible proliferation of thought types, meaning that in a practical sense, I can only have a limited number of multi-valued variables using this method before the proliferations becomes unwieldy. Supertypes help, but ultimately even they are just a stopgap.

- Bal
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wordmuse
Your point is taken, enkidu. But we are merely posting to a suggestion box. 

Certainly there are other ways to accomplish what the checkboxes could accomplish. But "to do" is merely one of many possibilities.  Here's another example.  I have a bunch of reading material to plow through. I list each item as a thought. Into this thought will go drilldowns based on my reading. When I am done, I'd like to check off that I've done it.  Now, as I've shown above, I can do this with thought types. And, in fact, that is how I am currently doing it.

I think it would be more elegant to have simply a checkbox that can be toggled. And if this were provided as an option, then you could use it or not as you preferred.

- Bal
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enkidu
Hello Bal,

I'm actually agnostic.

the beauty of TheBrain is its any-to-any linking (any data type / object).
Thus it has as many uses as there are users.

It does have structural constraints which limit its usefuleness in such or such domains. Is all !


I did make my own "wish list" here :

http://forums.thebrain.com/post/what-are-the-three-main-problems-in-using-tb-for-you-6632604

but nobody replied ... ;-)


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wordmuse
"but nobody replied..."

Somebody did now... [smile]

I think every user's serious suggestion will likely be born out of a perceived need. Thus in a suggestion box, such as this forum, I think that all such suggestions are good and proper suggestions.  Whether they are good and proper solutions is, of course, another matter. [smile]

I love the pushback with comments like, "What about this?  Have you tried that?"  These essentially become use-cases that broaden my range and depth of understanding about how TB8 can be used.

- Bal
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LuizAlfredo
Maybe Zenrain's suggestion for Reports on Notes with Checkboxes, and better if we have options for All, Checked and Unchecked, can be a good approach. An option for Show Indicator for Checkboxes in Notes can also be good.
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