Differences between Buffer Notes, Outline Notes, and Structure/Index Notes
I've gathered that there are three types of notes that serve to consolidate other zettel notes and do not serve as informational sources themselves: buffer notes, outline notes, and structure/index notes.
They've been discussed separately in various articles and forum comments. Can we take a moment to summarize them in one post to make sure their differences are crystal clear?
I'm going to take a stab at this, please correct me where I'm wrong. Or even if I'm missing a type of note that fits this category, please clarify!
Buffer note: serves as the collection of note references that are grouped and will eventually head somewhere else. The clusters of notes in a buffer note will either be transferred to an outline note, i.e. for an active writing project already underway, or the buffer note itself will turn into an active project, in which case it becomes an outline note.
Outline note: initially used to form topic headings and subtopic headings that break out a writing project. Zettel references are either already in the outline if it originally was a buffer note before, or you start to fill in between the topic and subtopic headings with zettel references. From there you convert zettel references into the actual body text of the zettel themselves, and there you have a first draft.
Structure / Index notes: the main difference that I see here is that these notes are not intended to become a writing project or to assist a writing project. They remain in the archive and mainly serve to add "structure" or a "table of contents" around a specific topic to help you grasp the bigger picture that otherwise wouldn't become clear from having separate zettels that you must link through.
A couple follow-up questions:
- Structure note vs Buffer note: What's the difference between a buffer note that is serving as an "inactive project" and a structure note? Aren't they basically serving the same purpose up until the buffer becomes active?
- Keeping buffer notes in archive: I've heard it written that buffer notes don't actually add to the content of an archive. I want to challenge this because the clusters that are formed in a buffer note seem to add value in linking and associating notes together, just like a structure note (which again brings up the question as the difference between the two). So can this be addressed again as to whether there is value in keeping buffer notes in the archive?
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