Cerebrum
When I click on the little hourglass in Thought Properties, I get a list of changes to that thought.
For some thoughts, the list is quite long. 

What am I supposed to do with the list? For example, I see that a year ago on December 7, 2016 there's "Changed note" but I can't see the changes and I can't revert to a previous version of the thought. Actually, I don't really care what the changes were a year ago.

What is the point of tracking changes forever? 

What do the colors mean? I see grey, pink and purple, with three shades of each, along with white. 


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Harlan
The history is for informational purposes only. You need not look at it if it is not useful to you. History track back since you started using version 9.

Colors are based on the time of day the change was made at. Changes at night are dark, changes midday are white.
Regards,
-Harlan
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Cerebrum
Although it is not obvious to me how the history could be useful after a few days, I must be missing something. What is the main benefit that users are deriving from the long-term history?

Also, it seems that a lot of work went into the colors: Nine shades of color, plus white, just to display when a thought was changed, in addition to viewing the date/time. Seems to me that this would be more useful if there was a way of viewing changes for all thoughts to see if there was some kind of pattern in editing thoughts. Alternatively, the change data could be exported if someone is wondering about early-morning changes vs. late-afternoon changes.

One more thing: History displays the user. Is TB9 now available as part of TeamBrain?
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mcaton
TeamBrain is available and is a great example of looking at the long term history of a Thought. I have used it on occasion for individual Thoughts, just to see if my document (attached to Thought) was attached before or after a certain known event.

And the colors do correspond with the time of day.  Its very interesting in some of my TeamBrains to see when some users typically modify content [smile]  Nothing available right now to capture those patterns as you've mentioned, but it's an interesting idea.

Matt
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Cerebrum
Harlan wrote: History track back since you started using version 9.Is there a way of getting rid of the history? I really don't need a list of all the changes that I've ever made. The modification log makes the database about 5 times bigger and it makes importing a backup file much slower. I think that it also makes syncing slower.

Is lifetime history some kind of enterprise-level requirement?
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mcaton
Cerebrum,

Clearing the Thought history.  I'll document this as a feature request. 

Thanks,
Matt
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metta
2 Thought History Feature Requests:

  • Has there been any discussion of documenting specific note changes as part of the thought history, even for a limited period of time? It would be immensely helpful to have the option of reviewing and/or recovering note text that had previously been edited or deleted.
  • As far as I can tell, the thought history does not currently track when tags are added. Is this an option that could be tracked as well?
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mcaton
Metta,

I'll document the specific Note changes request.

Regarding Tags - yes, this should appear in the Thought history.  It will appear as "Linked" to the Tag name.

Thanks,
Matt
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metta
Thanks for documenting the note change request, Matt.

Regarding tag activity being tracked in the thought history, I recently tagged 2 notes in 2 different test brains immediately after the notes disappeared in each brain. Just now checked the history on both of these thoughts again, and I did find the tag tracked on one thought (in the brain I was not working in at the time of the note loss).

However, there was no tag tracked on the thought in the other brain I was working in. In fact, the strange thing is that on the latter thought, there is no tracking history at all for the day when the note was lost: no note changes, no tagging, no links -- nothing at all.

Also, for the record, at the time these notes were lost and the thought tracking apparently stopped, my antivirus program WebRoot was turned off, and TB9 was exhibiting no speed or performance problems at all.

Unfortunately, I didn't submit the output log at the time these problems occurred, so there's no way now to troubleshoot the loss of the notes and the thought tracking history. However, I will keep an eye out for tagging and thought history not being tracked in the future.

in the meantime, would it be feasible to change the thought tracking on tags to say "tagged" and "untagged" instead of "linked" and "unlinked"? This would make it a bit easier to find tag changes in the midst of other link changes.
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mcaton
Metta,

Yes, please keep an eye out for this issue in the future.  I'll write up the request for defining an assigned Tag in the Thought history.

Matt
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metta
Will do, Matt.

In the meantime, many thanks for submitting this tag request! [smile]
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