Yes, this is possible. We included a template that does this to help customers see an example, you can find it in the SmartRules templates
Then choose Basic Task List
In this template any new topic you add has a progress of 0%, this template also has a simplified marker list so the tasks only have 0% and Done so if you click once the task is marked done (instead of percents). Also completed tasks show grey and crossed out.
All of this is done through the power of SmartRules, you can view them to see how they were created. Copy these examples or create your own (note that the 3 SmarRules that are in all maps to start are disabled in this template). Let me know if you have more questions!