tl;dr: I started using just descriptive titles in my Obsidian ZK. I like how readable it is, but when I want to write a new thought on the same topic (that might have the same title), it is difficult to distinguish. The UID helps obviate the issue of identical titles, even if it makes note titles ugly.
There are several ways to title notes in a zettelkasten
- Regular descriptive title
- Unique ID
- Randomly generated ID
Many zettelkasten adherents use a unique ID. I have done this. It works nicely because a note is always unique. The downside is that it doesn’t say anything about the content of the note.
One can combine a regular title with a unique ID to make a hybrid, and indeed, this is what most zettelkasten users do.
[[Obsidian]] by default uses just regular titles without a timestamp-based unique ID.
The problem that I am running into is that often I will have a thought about a topic, and then at a later time, have new thoughts on the same topic. For example, this note itself is titled ‘Creating Titles for Notes in a Zettelkasten’
Perhaps a few months from now, I want to address this same topic. What is the right course of action? Should I:
- Search for an existing note (this one) and add to it OR
- Create a new note
If I create a new note, I can’t use the same exact title. So how to differentiate?
- I could add the date to the title, in which case I’m basically making a UID
- I could add some other verbiage to the title to make it unique, for example “More thoughs on Creating Titles…”
This problem compels me to return to the UID-content type title.