Luhmann's Note Numbering System
I'd like to start a new discussion on this topic because related comments that I've read in the forum seem buried in other discussion threads, i.e., not pulled together for easy comparison.
I understand how Luhmann numbered the slips in his Zettelkasten and why it would be useful to do so if a person was creating a physical slip-box. What I'd like to understand better is whether or not that numbering system has any value in an electronic Zettelkasten, such as might be produced using The Archive. Since in TA, it is easy to find any referenced note, I don't see how physical proximity would have any value (or meaning, for that matter). It seems that any random method of uniquely identifying each note would work just as well as any other (including, of course, Luhmann's method). Hence, one should be free to create and use an ID/referencing method that made sense to that person.
My (likely simplistic) view is that one has sufficient ability to relate Zettels to one another using direct links, tags, and general searches, with also the use of structure notes to identify "thought trains", so as not to lose ideas or lines of thought and to allow discovery of new associations of ideas.
Since I am relatively new to ZK, I recognize that my thoughts on this may be immature. Please feel free to share your thoughts and perspectives on this.
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