Time of creation and completion

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    VAUGHN SEWARD

    I agree 100%+ -- I really need to the date and the time (e.g. 2018-10-27 @ 13:30). It used to do this, should be easy to add back in.

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    rawbytz

    WorkFlowy doesn't retain the created timestamp data. Would be very helpful if this were added. +1

    It does maintain timestamps for both last-changed and completed, and you can use search operators to filter. 

    To filter for "what did I work on last week?":
    https://workflowy.com/#?q=last-changed%3A7d

    Likewise here is what you completed in the last week:
    https://workflowy.com/#?q=completed%3A7d

    (note: previously using the completed search operator would toggle "Show completed" ON automatically, you may have to manually toggle it on due to a new bug)

    re Sort:
    Physically sorting bullets by last-changed criteria isn't practical, since the act of sorting (moving) bullets also alters their last-changed meta data.

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    Super Dad

    I agree time created is one of the most important tools for organizing and sorting data, which is what Workflowy is all about!

    Mind you, that physical sort issue mentioned by @rawbytz is ANOTHER reason why the date created would be helpful (physically changing the order, and changing the last-changed data, wouldn't change the created data)

    And thanks for the tip about filtering last changed
    https://workflowy.com/#?q=last-changed%3A7d

     

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    Ethan

    Time created would be so helpful! 

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    Papa

    Agree on timestamp of creation (maybe default in "%F %T" format (="%C%y-%m-%d %d:%M:%S", such as 2018-12-17 12:36:39). We should be able to choose the display format.

    Disagree on sorting if it affects the update time. Agree on sorting if update time is modified only when we change content or status.

    As there are some APIs that can create data, maybe the nanosecond (%N) could be interesting.

    P.S. Format values referring to the POSIX standard date command, which should be similar to strftime's format.

    P.P.S. Strongly disagree on the purpose of  "how long something took to do", but that's another story.

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    Jake London

    I'd love to be able to physically see when an item was completed. If I have a list of 10 items that have been completed over a week or so and I want to file them in nodes by completion date, it's more efficient to just look at the node, see that info, and then move the item. If the item hasn't moved since you completed it, then last-modified kind of gives the info you need. But if you accidentally move an item later, then that date and time updates, so it's no longer useful. 

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    David Groos

    Our brains access-find info based on classification hierarchies and workflowy proves that in spades--love this! Yet since often things belong in multiple categories that search strategy doesn't work and you have created search functions for that. Again nice.

    Our brains also tag info in a time-stream like, "I did that a few days ago" or, I remember I wrote something about that a month or so ago. The hidden operators are nice. How about a more robust time-based search system? For example a time-based slider (I like this kind of gui tool) or show items based on time-segments where both segment size (+/-) and time-point (xdays ago) can be set eg find items: 10days ago +/-2days. This would be very helpful. Thanks.

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    Ruslan

    My use case.

    I want filter items by creation date (what add week ago, 30 days ago, 1 year ago, etc) for retrospective, because I use Workflowy like knowledge base.

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    Scott Rosenberg

    Bumping up this request because it would be so valuable! "Date created" is super useful in so many ways. "Date last changed" seems to be less valuable because it updates each time you move a node/item. 

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    MAX LIN WORM

    +1 

    Date created is super useful.

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    Andreas Varotsis

    Also +1 from me! OneNote has this built in by default, and it's really useful, both as an accountability mechanism, and to search between dates

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    Alex

    +1, I use WorkFlowy as kind of diary and writing date manually would be too tedious, yet creation date is an essential information for me. I think this is something that should be in info by default.

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    Kristian Voss Bjerre

    +1, just creation date would matter HUGELY for me

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    Adam Quirk

    +1 I use Workflowy as a repository of all of my ideas, and I would love to know when I had some of them. I often go in and add more details, so that means the Last Modified date isn't accurate for when I had the idea.

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    Jeff

    I'm still hoping for this! I need creation dates for my established workflow, and I can't switch to Workflowy until it has them. There's a similar feature request: Creation or alteration date - where there's a response from Workflowy support, saying it's on their wishlist, so that's a good sign.

    For me, it would also be critical to be able to import and export the dates in OPML. See: Export dates in OPML and Support extended OPML data from other outliners.

     

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    Sarah Carling

    Bumping this up again. I'm actually looking for another solution because this one screamingly basic feature isn't available and it's causing me issues. 

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    Steve

    I'm a relatively long-time WF user and use it more-or-less vanilla.  Lack of creation date is really a problem for me. I'm starting to just type the date in the bullets when I know I need it, but I don't always know I need it.

    IMO mirrors should keep the creation date of their original, duplicates (#copy) should get a fresh creationdate, and clipboard operations should carry the original creationdate with them.  For bonus points with mirrors, the "$n mirrors" list you can get should give the creation dates of the mirrors themselves rather than that of the original

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    Ron Brinkmann

    Yeah would really like this feature - If I'm going to continue to be a long-term user of Workflowy I want a good history of when things were created and completed.  This + Dual-Pane view would be top-of-list priorities for me.

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