I’m going to submit this as a feature as well, but I figure I’ll post it here to see whether it can get more traction. My issue is this:
If I have Deferred something to a start date in the future, odds are I probably think it’s pretty important that it starts on that day.
However, what happens if that day comes and goes and I didn’t start the item? In Forecast, the item disappears. That doesn’t make any sense to me. Forecast shouldn’t only be showing me the “past due” things I assigned dates to, but things I didn’t touch that I was supposed to.
I understand the tradeoff here: if Forecast shows me everything I put a start date (“defer” date) on, OF can’t tell whether I’ve acted on that item or not. So yes, I would have to actively remove the start date, act on the item, etc. to get it out of the “Past” in Forecast. There’s a tradeoff either way.
However, I think this should at least be an option for the user to choose. I, for one, would definitely use such a feature and wouldn’t mind one bit having to wipe a “defer” date to clean up Forecast. Users who don’t want that can just as easily turn off the option (or never turn it on, either way).
Please submit this request if you like it.