In my task-management application tasks are grouped inside "processes". I just added support for tasks not related to any specific process and trying to come up with a right name for them.

What would be the best way to refer to such tasks in help and user documentation?

  1. Standalone tasks
  2. Independent tasks
  3. Ad-hoc tasks

Or maybe some other word?

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    I'd go with "standalone" - "ad hoc" means "made up as you go along" or "unplanned" which isn't quite right here I think. Jun 9, 2016 at 14:28

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Standalone (alternate spelling variant of stand-alone)M-W

self-contained; especially : operating or capable of operating independently of a computer system
"a stand–alone word processor"

A lot of dictionaries show examples in computing. Independant, works too.


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