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Need to clear 'done' issues from the backlog view

I'm helping out with a new team, and they requested the ability to mark issues as obsolete vs. done, and vs. deleting them outright.  I added 'obsolete' as a done status, and suddenly all the previous 'done' cards are showing up in our backlog, cluttering the view.   We are using sprints, not kanban.


Why are done issues in the backlog at all, and how do I clear them?

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I would guess your "obsolete" or "done" issues are not mapped into the right-hand column on the board.

They are now mapped into separate columns on the board, and the obsolete cards are disappearing from the backlog.  So I take it that if I map both statuses to the same 'final' column on the board, that will translate to removing them from the backlog?

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blim Atlassian Team Mar 10, 2021

@Monica McJunkin to clarify, are the "Done" issues in the 2nd to last column appearing in the new sprint (when a sprint is closed are issues being moved to a new sprint)? Or are they showing up specifically in the "Backlog" section of the backlog?

I hadn't closed the current sprint yet when I asked my question.  I'm new to next-gen projects and thought every issue in a status that has a 'done' category (vs. 'to do' or 'in progress') would NOT appear in the backlog, since the backlog is clearly for work that is not yet done yet.  

The problem appeared when I created an 'obsolete' status, which automatically mapped that status to a new column in the right-most column on the board.  At that point, hundreds of previously 'done' issues turned up in the backlog.

However, with Nic's help, I understood that any issues in a terminal/completed status would need to be in the same right-most column instead of mapped to their own columns.  As soon as I took care of that, the problem was solved.

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