Automatic Note creating by sending E-Mail

Hey All,

Let me start with some history background before stating my Feature Request.

Just like @nickmilo and many others I am relentlessly looking at new ways to enhance my workflow in order to structure my existing Body of Knowledge (BOK). Let’s call this Knowledge Management (KM) for the sake of this topic.

I don’t know if this idea would help everyone and I don’t know if it resonates but I was thinking of Obsidian as the KM tool by excellence as it captured my attention March/April this year and hasn’t stopped doing that so far. I was a fan from the moment I saw the first screen and fell in love with all the features, the rapid updates and the vibrant community. In such way that I decided to use Obsidian as my KM-tool by preference. A choice I did not regret one second until now. The current state of the tool (Obsidian) allows me to do it in a great way!

What I am struggling with is the multiple external inboxes I need to take care of (Zotero, Feedly, Youtube Watch Later lists, Podcast backlogs,…) which are the digital sources from which I am extracting my own personal thoughts to let them percolate in my Personal BOK.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just send a mail (or CC one) to an address like name.surname(.insertpoint) after which the body of the mail would magically be transformed to a Markdown-file (note) at the insert point (Inbox, root folder or other location) of your vault

Tools like Atlasssian for example have this feature built-in in order to enhance their workflows.

Would this be helpful?


Interesting thought… but doesn’t this become problematic due to the fact that all the md files are “local” (not hosted)? That would raise a whole lot of security issues for me… no idea what the devs would make of it. I can however imagine some kind of plugin which could hook into the various email / subscription options out there (perhaps… thinking off the top of my head … scanning a pre-determined IMAP folder in your own email account??), and could work locally to retrieve the information and write it to your vault? For me it is more of a plugin request than a core feature.

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I agree, however I could see it also being incorporated into their planned “sync” service.

Good point… I hadn’t thought of that, but I’m not one for sync services… part of the appeal of Obsidian for me is that it runs on local files and transmits very minimal info (or none if you don’t log in!) hence thinking “plugin” rather than “feature”

This is a very valid remark.
I haven’t thought of this “hosted” remark.
Your idea to scan the account sparked a new thought which I am developing right now.
I am writing a Python script to read the inbox of a specific GMail address and make Markdown files of every new message which I’ll place in the Inbox folder of the vault.
I’ll certainly report this when it’s finished!

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