On one hand, I think tags have these advantages over folders:
- we can mark a note as part of two or more types of notes whereas a note just can be in one single folder.
- they might make us more productive because marking a note with a tag is quicker than moving a file to a folder. We do not have to search in Obsidian file explorer the particular folder where we want to place the note. I think typing a tag is much quicker than searching not only the file location but also the target folder location and then doing dragging the file towards the folder to move it there.
On the other hand, tags are not viewable by means of taking a quick look at a file explorer. We would have to open each note to get to know the type/types I marked it with.
As far as I read so far, it seems tagging can be used for two purposes, to tell either
- the status of note or
- the type of note
Using tags for the status of a note makes sense to me. But with reference to the type of note, I had created a one single level of folders, in which each folder includes the notes of a particular type. But now I realized there is another option instead of using folders: to include one tag as hidden Yaml front matter in each note to tell the type of note.
Before replacing the one level-folders structure and rely just on tags to categorize the type of note, I would like to hear your opinions because now I wonder:
Is there a common agreement about what the best option is out of the two I described to mark the type of note, that means folders or tags?
What are the pros and cons of using folders vs tags to make clear the type of a note?