Obsidian User Experience Improvements for Newbies**
As someone new to Obsidian, and unfamiliar with coding and apps like Notion, I’ve encountered challenges which prompted some ideas to enhance the user experience.
- In-built Interactive Tutorial
On downloading and initiating a new vault, beginners often find themselves lost and overwhelmed, prompting them to look for tutorials externally.
Launch an official Obsidian Community Project on GitHub to create an interactive step-by-step tutorial.
Utilize existing Obsidian documentation as the foundation for this tutorial.
Introduce an optional “TUTORIAL VAULT” in the “create vault” menu.
Note: Keeping in mind the open-source nature of Obsidian and the business interests of content creators, this could be a basic guide for newcomers, allowing specialized guides to be handled by creators.
- Enhanced Plugin Management
New users, while exploring the plugins, often end up downloading multiple plugins simultaneously, leading to unintentional UI or settings changes, and difficulties in reverting.
Introduce a “” option for each plugin in the community plugins menu to bookmark and review later.
Offer a “Settings History List” that tracks every change made, whether it’s due to a plugin, theme, or manual adjustment.
When a theme overrides a core setting, dim the core setting with a quick link to the currently active setting.
- Improved Plugin Documentation
While many plugin creators provide instructions, they often assume a certain level of familiarity which might not be present in all users.
Standardize a more detailed and newbie-friendly documentation format on GitHub for plugin creators.
Encourage creators to link to their “plugin showcase” thread in the Obsidian forum or Reddit.
Include visual aids like videos or GIFs for clearer understanding.
Hyperlink or offer hover previews for technical terms like YAML or CODE BLOCK, directing to Obsidian Docs or a brief explanation.
My experience with Obsidian - 6 months ago, I downloaded Obsidian. Created my first vault, and was so overwhelmed. …So I didn’t touch it again until a month ago.
This past month, I have taught myself enough to kickstart and be confident within the app. And of course still learning something new everyday!
I am so glad I kept at it, Without even realising it, learning markdown basics, has been the gateway to exploring more into a bit of coding !
Over 100 links of posts and YouTube tutorials I accumulated throught this experience, Thanks to all the creators, sharing their tidbits. Great community!!