So, here is why I am interested in this thread. I work on some big projects for events, and end up with dozens of subgroups in that project.
For example: “Open House Event for Sophomores” might be a project, and under that I can have DOZENS of subgroups, e.g. Photography (with many many actions in that); Food (ditto); Staffing (ditto); Advertising (ditto); Handouts; T-shirts; and so on.
One problem with Omnifocus is that when you do a Quick Entry, in the Project field you can find only the main project (“Open House Event for Sophomores”) but you can’t assign anything to the subgroups (“photography,” or “food,” etc.). They don’t show up when you are typing in the Project field of Quick Entry.
In any given day I will be adding dozens of things to this Open House project via Quick Entry, but then I have to go to the project and gather all these QuickEntry items, which are skulking at the bottom of the project, and drag them to their subgroups. I find this highly inefficient. I want to do a quick entry about the Open House photography, and get it right into Open House / Photography there and then.
As a consequence of this inability to assign an item to a subgroup via Quick Entry, I end up making a FOLDER called “Open House,” and then have PROJECTS called Photography, Food, Advertising etc. In other words, what should be a subgroup under a project has to become a project under a folder, so that when I’m quickly adding my umpteen Quick Entry items throughout the day, I can just type in the project field “Open house photo” and it happily finds Open House / Photography.
The downside to this is that when the project is ENDED, and I want change the project status to COMPLETED, of course I can’t BECAUSE IT’S A FOLDER. Aaargh.
So, that is why I am interested in being able to convert a FOLDER to a PROJECT, so that when I no longer need to do the quick entries any more, I want to convert the folder, Open House, to a Project, so I can mark it “completed.”
Of course, if OmniFocus added the ability to assign things to subgroups via the Quick Entry project field, I wouldn’t have to do this clumsy workaround–and it is clumsy, and it is in breach of the philosophy, as OF wrote above, of having a folder being a “box for projects.”