# Meta-tags for categories of Zettel (e.g. in zetteldeft)

I am new to Zettelkasten Method.

I want to use tags not only to specify the content of a Zettel but also the type of the Zettel itself. It is like a meta-information. e.g. I want to categories the type of content like this

:typ:idea
:typ:permanent
:typ:bib
:typ:index
:typ:keywords
:typ:quick_n_dirty


Question 1
What kind of such meta tags do you use in your Zettelkasten?

Question 2
What syntax do you use? I have the problem that the : does not work out of the box with zetteldeft. So I look for something else because I do not want to modify the default settings.

• edited September 20

Yes I do something similar, using the haskell :: syntax. However, I only have three, well four, note types:
1. ::structure
2. ::manuscript
3. ::zettle
4. ::buffer (which really is more of a holding-tank to be drained)

They all however go into the same folder.

• I then use double-hashtags for domains of knowledge (a finite set which I've settled on)
• I usually am extremely sparing with tags only as an entry point to an idea. Most notes stay untagged as I find the curation overhead to be high.
• Finally I do have inline "tags" which I notate as item# for things that are not easily searchable directly (code, music recordings etc).

note: I'd ask yourself what the difference is between an idea, and a "permanent" note, and likewise ask what is the difference between a keyword note and an index note?

• edited September 21

##Ü1 or ##Ü2 = Structure Note
##TL = Tool

Edited by @ctietze: fixed ## being shown as heading

Post edited by ctietze on

I am a Zettler

• I prepend a letter abreviating the type. I've gotten a bit carried away with this. Here is the legend.

## Projects

PRO = Project Structure note (⌃⌘8)

## Books, etc

B = Books
(this could be broken down more?)

## Writing Projects

BO = "Being Ordinary" Lojong

## Interest Hubs

G = Garden level 1
S = Level 2

## University/Online classes

U = University class Structure note
C = Class Notes
OV = Office Visit

## Misc

» - Waking Up Moment transcription
T - Daily Ideation Log - scratch note - mule
P - People
000000 - Help Notes

#### This is how it looks in my note list.

P-Scott Slovic 202102170655
U-ENGL473 202012212010
PRO-Jekyll Static Website 202011250546
A-Fox And Hedgehog World Views 202103280716
T-April 28, 2021 202104280503
» We Often Form An Opinion 202010282137
C-February 4, 2020 202002041511
A-Senolytics 201905151707
T-April 25, 2021 202104250610
OV-ENGL473 April 8, 2021 202104081603
A-The Children Of Lidice 202002121325
B-The Time Being 201909280707
B-The Art of Doing Science and Engineering 201903112051
B-The Desert 202005281724
G-Conversation Skills 202104222023


Will Simpson
I'm a futzing, second-guessing, backtracking, compulsive oversharing, ZK-maniac, in other words, your typical zettelnant.
Research areas: Attention Horizon, Productive Procrastination, Dzogchen, Non-fiction Creative Writing, Cognitive Workload, Python, Data Science
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• edited September 25

Similarly to @sfast, I use ##!1 and ##!2 for Structure Notes. I don't use Ü because I don't know how to type it in my keyboard, I'm too lazy to figure it out, and like ! more.

My other meta tags:

• ##!0. A shortcut to my Inbox Note and my Idea Index.
• ##proofread. A Zettel to proofread.
• ##uncompiled. A Zettel that I was writing up but stopped working on for some reason. E.g.: Had to turn off the laptop because battery was low.
• ##unlinked. A Zettel that I finished writing up and I have to make connections for, or that I want to add more connections to.
• ##backfill. A Zettel with knowledge gaps I want to fill in.
• ##analogyze. A Zettel that I want to make an analogy for.
• ##visualize. Ditto as above but for a visualization.

I'm working towards cleaning my workflow, so for now I'm stuck with these tags.