(Note that, while the title is similar, this is a very different question from Noun for "things that could be improved", as in that question, things refers to properties on a single object.)

I am looking for a (plural) noun to list things that can still be improved or things that are not completed yet or more general: things that might still change their state. I do not know how to make it more clear, other than to explain why I am looking for such a word:

I have a computer application that contains a list of tasks that undergo state changes, from new(when a task is made) to in progress(when work on it has started) to completed(when work has finished) to closed(when work has been checked, tested and accepted by the boss). There also is a disregarded state for tasks that are deemed unfixable or unimportant for some reason.

There is a page that lists all tasks in new, in progress and completed, as for all of these, there still is some action the user should take. Until now, this page is named All, but that name is confusing as closed and disregarded are not shown there. That is why I am looking for a better term to describe this page/tasks in this list.

  • Why not simply open or unclosed?
    – bib
    Feb 28, 2016 at 17:50

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Since those tasks which have progressed through all still-changeable states are listed as "closed," wouldn't the appropriate designation for those which have not be "open?"


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