I’ve been thinking of how to organize my information lately and feel like going towards a wiki may make sense.

I have a bunch of quotes, book reviews, lists of sites, course notes, and other misc info. Right now it’s pretty spread out among gdrive/keep/notion/onenote/ticktick and probably more.

I don’t think I’ll ever be at a point where it’s all consolidated in one place but as I’ve started to edit Wikipedia for fun I’ve realized how beautiful wiki software is. In my case, it wouldn’t be collaborative but the ease of use, nice version history, search ability, flexibility are all so nice.

So long story short how do you organize info you want to keep around?

Dessalines
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I just keep a Syncthing folder with markdown files. Things like favorites.md, a folder with essays, etc. Its a nice way to do it because its cross-platform: I use Markor on android, and vim on desktop. So copying to/from all these platforms is really easy because pretty much everything is in markdown nowadays.

And for things I want to share with the outside world, I just put that file under version control and push it to github, gitlab, etc.

I’ve really tried to get into org-mode and vimwiki as all-around organizers, but they aren’t easy for me to work with on android too.

Future Me
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I honestly think building a personal wiki is more powerful than most people imagine. I started half a year ago and it’s already paying off… I’d even argue we should learn how to do it in school.

Maya
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Hello may I recommend !pkb@lemmy.ml, the lemmy community for personal knowledgebases?

Maya
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I use a tiddlywiki I host on its own domain. TW would definitely be my first recommendation for anyone who thinks they’re going to want to edit on mobile as well as a computer; I’ve got a blog post in the linked community where you can see more about my setup.

@ajz
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Maybe this is for you ? https://zim-wiki.org/

(Disclaimer : I’m not using this software but I’ve tried it in the past - I’m still in chaos-mode, using taskwarrior and lots of stick-it paper notes, and bookmarks. Upgrade to nice-and-tidy-mode is currently stalled)

@gregf
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Personally I use org-mode with org-roam and deft in emacs. Then I store them on my nextcloud server I self host.

@ray
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org-mode

Do you have any recommendations for guides on getting started / the selling points?

I hear so much about org mode but every time I look at it I’m just unsure why people love it. That being said, I don’t really live in the terminal so maybe that’s part of the issue. I like the terminal and use it daily but not for anything like note taking.

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I kind of misuse it (I use the file format without using Emacs), but what I like about it, is that it kind of does everything.

I can use it to write simple TODO lists, I can have it give me reminders (which I just set up on my phone with the Orgzly app), I can use it for brainstorming ideas with its infinite tree syntax, and I can use it for taking notes.

It’s all the same format, which is really nice, because I always find my stuff in one place, and if I need to add a note to a TODO, or a reminder for some idea that came up during brainstorming that I want to get back to, I can just do that easily.

And I actually know very little about its syntax. Orgzly does the semi-advanced stuff with the reminders, and I personally pretty much just know to write like this:
* TODO Buy cheesecake ingredients
** Cheese
The extra cheesy kind.
** Cake

There’s a lot more advanced shit, if you need it, which again is nice, but the simplicity of the basic syntax is what keeps me coming back to it. I just like this way of writing for taking notes, even if it’s a quick, temporary note.

@fra
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+1 for org mode. I use it for notes and projects using the PARA method (Projects , Areas, Resources, Archive). Resources are my personal wiki. Note that I don’t really care about linking so I don’t need the extra provided by org-roam.

@ant
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I use this https://obsidian.md/

I like it because it is a lightweight editor/viewer, uses regular markdown + easy linking syntax so I can write a note and link another note like [[this]]

@Stoned_Ape
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Right now I’m using Gnome Notes and an Android app that has compatibility with that file format. You can have a little bit of formatting and links between notes.

But honestly… I think I switch to simple text files, possibly with markdown. It can be read on any device that exists. I use syncthing anyway, so I just create a folder and subfolders and create my text notes.

@dugite_code
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I have Nextcloud set-up and use the README.md app. The next version of the built in text app will have the ability to link other markdown files so that Will make it very easy to have a file based wiki within nextcloud.

Edit: At work I have Dokuwiki set-up for the office. Very useful, just wish it used markdown

@abbenm
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I used OneNote at work and it’s brutally awful. I used to use Simplenote but it started glitching out. Evernote is ok but annoying with all the ads to upgrade.

Now I have a weird setup where it’s part StandardNotes, part files and spreadsheets on Cryptpad. It’s not the best, but it’s my system for the time being, at least.

@cronjob
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I’ve been enjoying Joplin for all of my note-taking needs. Highly configurable and open-source, check it out: https://joplinapp.org/

Future Me
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I use Joplin as well, and it’s quite workable as personal wiki. It’s not working with plain text files, but a database of markdown files. If necessary, I’ll be able to export it somehow to markdown. Folders and tags are possible. Linking between notes should be made more straightforward, maybe.

It’s the best open source software for a personal wiki IMHO.

Arden
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These are all the reasons why I use Joplin, and it’s synced via my Nextcloud so notes appear on all of my devices almost instantly.

@abbenm
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I’m familiar with Joplin. I love that it’s FOSS, love that it works with Nextcloud, and love that it’s kind of (but not really) in the style of Google Keep. But something about the design of the interface on Android drives me absolutely crazy, and I just can’t deal. Simplenote was almost perfect in its simplicity. I would like something that can be a reasonably good organized knowledgebase style tool, but also that can get out of it’s own way.

So far I think D-notes is ok, but its sync has been broken for me and it has no web-based version. I would love something as militantly text-based as pinboard, but for a knowledgebase/personal wiki.

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I have a bunch of quotes, book reviews, lists of sites, course notes, and other misc info

As a non-technical aside, this sounds like a very old tradition of the commonplace book.

I personally use zettelkasten method (based on “How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning”) and just searched my repository to find:

—-—

202006022131 Commonplace Book

#commonplacebook

Used by Robert Greene, Marcus Aurelius, Petrarch, Montaigne, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, HL Mencken, Bill Gates

Raymond Chandler: when words taken down by one’s own energy, more inclined to make them count.

References

  1. How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”: https://ryanholiday.net/how-and-why-to-keep-a-commonplace-book/
  2. A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books, John Stuart Mills
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