I’m exicted

Interactive time lines TOO easy to change.

I love how easy it is to change or move around the projects/task in the interactive time line page. HOWEVER, it is so easy to change that I have made some inadvertant changes because I had moved things around and apparently did not put them back in the same place !
I would like to see some type of warning that a change(s) have been made and request a confirmation.
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  • We are redesigning our Timeline right now and plan to add the Undo functions to it eventually.
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  • I'll add a couple other wishes to this item:

    1) The ability to "lock" a task so that it can't be moved. For example, if a given product has a release date set, this could be locked. You could then move other things around while making sure NEVER to accidentally disturb that task.

    2) The logic in the Gantt chart is a little hard to get used to for those of us who have used them before. If I have two tasks that are not right after each other, but have a blank space separating them (with the little arrow), this space should be considered "fungible". So, if I move one or the other tasks forward or back this space should shrink or grow without disturbing the tasks on either side of it. Currently if I move one it tries to keep this blank space the same and moves everything together.

    The presence of the Gantt chart in 5pm is one of the killer features. It's not as pretty as I might like, but I understand the limitations of web presentation code compared to something like Project. Still, with a little polish it could really shine...
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  • As a follow up to my note above, I have found that some of what I was seeing is due to odd refresh behavior of the Gantt chart itself. For example:

    1) I would move a task closer to another task, taking up the "fungible" space between the two.
    2) The subsequent tasks would shift by the amount the first task was moved. This is incorrect behavior.
    3) However, if I reload/refresh the Gantt chart, the subsequent tasks move back to where they were. This is the correct behavior, albeit requiring an extra step.

    The lack of an ability to lock a task is still present. And I am still sometimes baffled on the behavior of other tasks when I do relatively simple things like expand or contract the length of time for a given task. Sometimes it seems to behave as expected and sometimes not (even after a refresh).

    Pipe dream, but adding "multiple select" would be great too. (So if I want to move a whole bunch of tasks together forward or back I can control-select them and do so without disturbing their arrangement relative to each other.)
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  • The sub-tasks start dates are connected to parent task end date. So moving/resizing the parent tasks does shift the sub-tasks. This is a correct and planned behavior - it maintains the relationship between tasks. The resetting back after the refresh is a bug and will be fixed soon.

    To change the relation between parent task and sub-tasks, the sub-tasks have to be moved, not the parent task, since sub-tasks can be moved independently and don't shift anything.
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