@publicvoit a bit late, but this is a comment for your post
First, a bit of a sidenote, why don't I use diqus: besides the obvious privacy obvious "oh no evil company" bla bla, I use Twitter to log in, and then I have no way of knowing if there was a reply, unless I have a reminder to go back and check the commet. Mastodon is a place I'm logged into way more often on the desktop, and always on the phone, so there's that. OK! Moving on...
I'm of the camp of using keywords for a project, the one you repeatedly said in this post and the post that connects to it that you don't like.
From what I gather though, this is mostly due to two things:
first, there are projects that remain "open" even if their subtasks are all done. Maybe you'll get to it later, maybe you're stuck (for now), maybe it's just something without a pending actionable item all the time.
to sum it up, I'm "cruel" about my project. A project, to me, is either "active" (that's my keyword) or done. Done can be cancelled (keyword) or done (keyword).
This forces me to minimize what a project is, its definition, so I can go through it. My agenda stuck project configuration marks "Active" keywords that do not have any "TODO" keyword under them. It means exactly what it is: a project is stuck if I don't have an actionable plsn of what I'm doing next.
the other constraint is time. To me, a project is something that has a beginning and an end.
Anything that is too long or might be too long is not a project, but a category. It starts its way as a parent tree in one of my weekly files, and if it keeps growing week in and out, month in and out, I eventually make it its own org file.
while technically not needed, it's helpful to see something like "photography.org" in my personal folder, as I know it's an ongoing thing.
When a project is done, in order to find it I could use a search that will grab the "Active" keyword inside already done projects since I keep keyword changes logged (for done or cancelled) in my weekly files. But I never needed to.
reason for that is that any big project usually gets referenced in my personal journal and/or wiki, if it's something I want to repeat in the future. For the wiki, I re-right it in a 1-2-3 way that links to the old project with unique IDs as reference.
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