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Hierarchical Branched Note Taking and The Archive App(is topography important?)



  • @pseudoevagrius said:

    In the same way that I have entry points in my zettelkasten, these are names that I look for when browsing the forums.

    This may be the most this-forum specific compliment possible. Immensely proud to be on this list, thank you.

  • I really like your approach and tend to apply it to my – still tiny but growing – Zettelkasten. However, I don't seem to get the sorting right:

    How did you achieve it to get


    listed in that order? Neither in The Archive nor KM I manage to achieve that sort order.

    @argonsnorts said:
    I will respectfully disagree with @Will here and offer a counterpoint.

    For the last few months I have been experimenting with a hybrid approach: using "Luhmann-numbering" to organize (structure) my notes, each of which is still assigned with the time-stamp-style Unique Identifier. I end up with notes titled as follows: 202003021623 {2,2,a,1 } The post-Kantian willful self became apparent in 1800s.txt

    The use of curly-brackets and comma-separated digits and letters in the Luhmann-number sequences facilitates the KM macros I use to find, sort, and auto-update a full or partial index of these Luhmann-numbered files.

    Searching for just an open curly-bracket gives me the full index:

    Searching for a few numbers/digits in a sequence gives me a subset:

    Pressing enter in this macro automatically appends a list of the selected notes, in order, in what I call my "operating index" file. At the top of the file, I have links to a few key "entry points" into the system (as Luhmann did). At the bottom of the file is where the full or partial list of files is automatically appended. It's where I can get a look at the the "topography" of my notes, as you put it, either as a full index or as a list of a subset of notes that I am currently working on.

    This effectively just me experimenting with a different kind of "structure note," one with a bit more structure incorporated. I found that structure notes without Luhmann numbers were becoming undifferentiated lists of notes, with no "topography," as you put it. I'm sure there are other ways of dealing with that problem (more structure notes? structure notes of structure notes?), but this is what I'm trying right now. And I will say, it's been reallllly fun. :wink:

    It is important to note that these files and indexes exist totally within but are nonetheless totally distinct from the rest of my zettelkasten---which continues to exist and operate just as before. So if this experiment stops working for me, nothing is lost.

  • How did you achieve it to get


    For me, adding a space before the last bracket results in proper ordering, like this:

    {1 }
    {1,1 }
    {1,1,a }
    {1,2 }

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