I’m guessing I’m not alone on this…
I feel friction between Zettelkasten principles and the powerful technology provided by apps like Obsidian. One place for me is in the UID Debate.
I began my Zettelkasten with UID files names (e.g. 202009120833) and then when I found Obsidian and its magical updating of backlines, I evolved to UID + Titles (e.g. 202009120833 - An Argument for Intelligent Design). Then, after the helpful influence of @nickmilo and his (IMF v3 (LYT Kit v4 coming in mid-Sept)), my File names became just titles (e.g. An Argument for Intelligent Design). (I really try to make my file names a summary statement of the argument of the note.)
But I am feeling friction when linking because sometimes, the title will make perfect sense in a note, other times it actually confuses me and makes it hard understand the content. In other words, the title can be distracting. One of the struggles I have with the Principle of Atomic Notes is that it fragments my arguments so much I get lost. My field of research is theology, so I am often involved in complex, abstract arguments that only make sense with a lot of context. So when I begin to make atomic notes, I get lost while linking.
Here, I can see the advantage of a UID-only file name because I can then link with a UID and then add a description of the note based on the needs of that instance. If I’ve written a good note, this description may already be contained in the H1.
==The problem then, is how do FIND my content?!== Obsidian’s [] search seems to like words in the file name and I’m not a heavy user of tags. So if I use UIDs I’m afraid my content, in a folder-less and title-less structure, will get lost.
As far as I know, there is no search operator that allows me just to search my
Headers #'s. Is that correct? I know I can search the Headers in a specific file, but I have to choose the file first.
Is anyone using a UID based system and have a solution for searching? Or is adding a search operator for searching Headers a feature request?
(Side note: I’ve found it is hard to articulate my PKM questions. Its a learned skill for sure.)