In addition to links between notes, I use what I call “conceptual links” that are similar to tags for some people. E.g.: Tags: [[democracy]], [[social theory]], [[elections]]. Each of these pages has a Dataview section that create a table showing my notes that have the particular link in them, along with YAML data.
As I work I often decide on an idea (for which I create a new conceptual link, e.g., [[public sphere]]) that is likely in older notes, but which I did not encode because I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. Once I create the link, I use “unliked mentions” in Backlinks to go through my old notes that contain the words and, if appropriate, add the link.
The problem is that unlinked mentions goes through EVERY file in my vault, which includes writing, my teaching materials and other stuff that’s neither useful nor appropriate. If I could exclude these, or only include my notes folders, I could find and connect my information more efficiently.
Add the search options (or something similar) from the “Search” page to the Backlinks. Being able to point to a particular folder or use a particular #tag would be awesome and do the trick. I can imagine other advantages too.
I use a datetime prefix on my notes and so putting the year into my search in Backlinks can help a bit (except that some of my writing is dated ). I could go to my notes files and prepend a unique character or coding (e.g. NT for note, as in NT202203070923) but it’s no particularly elegant and I have to make sure no connections get broken.