TheBrain General category
Thanks Mark, that was good feedback indeed.
Thinking on it a bit, the reason why TheBrain works well for me is because I'm making the connections initially. I'm making the decision of what is related and what isn't, and thus form a map or model of relationships in my mind which can be refreshed by re-visiting that section. This means my maps can be fairly complex, because I had the original mental model in addition to the visual representation of it. However, my use of other non mind map tools (ConnectedText and others) showed me the importance of content as well. For me the thought re-presents an item. But for my most used and useful areas, I build out the content in the notes, or meta data (links, attachments, events) so the content tells me exactly what I need to see when I get to the item itself. That is why I find adding URL links and links to other thoughts within the note so useful and important in addition to linking via the plex. When I come to someone else's Brain database I don't have the luxury of having created the links and content, I have no mental model, so I'm reliant on the structure (both content and context) being clear in the one I'm looking at. This is very hard to do in a way that isn't overwhelming to someone unfamiliar with the subject matter but familiar with TheBrain, let alone someone both unfamiliar with the subject matter AND TheBrain. Unfortunately here TheBrain tools are limited in pre-defined structures and the WebBrain capability. In addition, TheBrain has it's own model (parent, child, jump) that someone has to comprehend and then re-map the relationships to their own preconceived model of the structure. I don't know if that was helpful at all, but I just thought I'd share.