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I'm working on a note taking app. One of the feature is that you can group the notes in a folder like manner in which one can create. subgroups inside groups and more subgroups and put notes/notebooks inside it. The app has also a feature where the user can make notebooks in which the user can add notes (You cannot put a notebook inside a notebook). But doesn't that make the notebook same as a group without subgroups? How useful this feature can be? Can having both confuse people? Thank You.

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It already has hashtagging so one can link notes regardless of grouping. The smallest unit is called a "note" (there are different kinds of notes). Currently, you can put a note inside a "notebook" and/or a group. There is nothing beyond "notebooks" but groups. The question here is if I should call a group of notes "notebook" when the user could just group the notes without the whole notebook thing. A bunch of note taking apps lets you group the notes into groups/folders and/or notebooks and I've always found it confusing. But I doubt if there is an actual point in being able to do this.

  • I think you answered your own question in the Edit. If a group of notes is the same as a notebook, why call them different names? Different names might imply they behave differently, which they don't. Therefore, labeling them differently will needlessly confuse users. – Nicolas Hung Jun 10 at 15:54
  • I was just confused because other similiar apps do this and I thought there was some point I was not aware of. – x0_0x Jun 10 at 16:41
  • I'm just gonna stick with groups only, no notebooks. – x0_0x Jun 10 at 16:42
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I would test the concept with some users first, however I do think having both might be confusing. What is the difference between a notebook and a group? Aren't both simply groups of notes? If they are, why differentiate them? I would advise choosing one and sticking to it.

An alternative way to organize notes can be using hashtags, so users can both group them but also have an opportunity to link and classify them regardless of their groups.

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It already has hashtagging so one can link notes regardless of grouping. The smallest unit is called a "note" (there are different kinds of notes). Currently, you can put a note inside a "notebook" and/or a group. There is nothing beyond "notebooks" but groups. The question here is if I should call a group of notes "notebook" when the user could just group the notes without the whole notebook thing. A bunch of note taking apps lets you group the notes into groups/folders and/or notebooks and I've always found it confusing. But I doubt if there is an actual point in being able to do this.

  • By the way, please edit your initial question with follow on information, or reply in a comment to someone else's answer. Please do not create another "answer" yourself. – J. Dimeo Jun 10 at 13:35
  • ....it's just that I'm using a broken phone that I can barely navigate.... – x0_0x Jun 10 at 14:43
  • You can delete this answer since you've already added the info to your question. If you decide to really answer your own question, you can edit and undelete later. – 習約塔 Jun 10 at 19:52
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It already has hashtagging so one can link notes regardless of grouping.

Since you've already implemented Tagging, some might argue that there is no reason to create a hierarchical structure because tagging can be used to simulate the organizational properties of a hierarchy.

The smallest unit is called a "note"... Currently, you can put a note inside a "notebook" and/or a group... The question here is if I should call a group of notes "notebook" when the user could just group the notes without the whole notebook thing.

It seems you might have implemented two separate methods of grouping notes, one called notebook and the other called groups? They can be used independently of each other? Why? I don't see the point of having separate implementations. A single implementation should be sufficient.

Aside from implementation, the terminology you use is up to you. As long as you consistently use whatever term you choose, it likely won't matter. Notebooks, folders, and groups are all commonly used terms that many users have already been exposed to. Group is a just generic term that refers to a collection of objects. You can make it turtles all the way down if you want.

If you really cannot decide, flip a coin.

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