Convincing myself of the software agnostic approach
It is interesting to see how most note-taking software seems to have a huge influence on how notes are structured. To give a few examples:
- Emacs's org-mode: Start with an outline and fill in content underneath each section. Due to it being easy to hide away the contents from view, splitting up notes in small pieces seems less common.
- Notion: Due to a lot of features being surrounded around tables, notes will be organized around them.
- Roam Research: Only having bullet notes makes all notes more structured than maybe need be, and makes almost every note look like a structure note as mentioned here in the forums. The use of bullets also seems to lead to more succinct notes.
- The Archive: Unstructured by default, but there is a heading by convention, and with the use of Markdown extra structure can be given. Though the use of Markdown does seem to have the influence that you end up with a note that could just as well have been a small Word document.
So after reading about a few experiences of people on the forum moving to different software for their Zettelkasten, I think it is important to note that being software agnostic, like the approach taken by The Archive, is about the resulting notes not being dependent on the software that produced them, unlike e.g. Notion, but that does not mean they are not opinionated, that they do not have their own structure, which for example, would not fit well with Roam, so they are not agnostic in that sense. This means that whenever you choose to move to a note taking application that is not software agnostic, you will run into the same issue, although probably to a much lesser degree. The point is making the Zettelkasten future proof in terms of technology, not being forced to fragment your Zettelkasten due to a change in software, thus giving security in that sense. Am I correct in my understanding of this?
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