I concur with CJ - I've not been in the habit of entering start and end dates of projects as the only thing important to me is to be able to view/ edit open projects and either delete them or archive them once they are complete.
I've got some 800 or so projects in the system - the date issue is a bit of a side issue here. Surely the flag you assign to the project (open, deleted or archived) should determine the status of a project and not the start date or end date.
If the Open projects tab was intended to show not only open projects but also projects that are scheduled? (i.e. projects that are created and by definition OPEN) then why do none of my projects appear in the Open Projects list as they are Open and now have a start date and end date entered?
If the date issue here is crucial to Clearbooks in terms of running queries to display lists based on project status then surely these should be made mandatory fields. Sadly, even if this was the case, it would appear that entering a start date and end date on a project does not make it appear Open.
This seems inherently flawed and it will take more than a renaming of the tab to make this work the way it should. I don't know what the logic was in making these recent changes, but the product has taken a real step back and is now not fit for purpose.
I find it hard to believe that these 'features' are not DEV tested before they are let loose on your SaaS customers - this recent Project 'enhancement' simply does not work and does not make logical sense. I cannot be expected to trawl through 800 current projects to find my open projects and this is going to get worse as I add about 10-20 new projects every month. Surely it's not too much to ask to be able to filter projects by status?