I would like a new type of node which is linked to another node (in a similar way to mirror nodes), but which does not display the children in the way that a mirror node does.
These inbox, or wormhole nodes could be used to aid workflows where the result of working on one list of nodes, results in a node being placed on another list, but without the need to visit the other node that is down the wormhole.
Why not just use a mirror? Well, sometimes the list we would mirror is rather large, and we don't want the mirror's content to be available to the local search.
Why not just use a hyperlink? It's difficult you try and copy the same node to a remotely hyperlinked node.
- The inbox/wormhole icon can look like an inbox 📥 or perhaps a vortex/wormhole 🍥
- Clicking on link in node takes you to the linked node
- Dropping/moving node/tree onto inbox-node moves the dropped node to be child of inbox-node.
- Option to decide whether to insert at top or bottom of targeted list.
- Node cannot be expanded. Node has no child items.
- Create by copying target node and pasting as inbox-node
- Inbox nodes cannot be pasted as inbox nodes.
Some Use cases
Workflow encapsulation: Quickly send items to other parts of a workflow without being able to directly see that part of the workflow and being distracted by it.
Compact Boards: Send items to the next column in a board, without having to see the board.
Archive: Send a node into an archive by dragging
Inbox sorting office: Quick filing of inbox items to project in boxes.
Template factory: Have all the templates in one place and drop the generated items into the right “inbox” remotely.
Games: Play snakes and ladders??
Send colleagues items: Possibly?? Send work to a colleagues inbox without being able to see the contents of the inbox (if don't have permission)
Speed Advantages: Not found in search, so speeds up presentation.
One alternative to Wormhole Nodes would be to create a different type of node, which cannot be searched, a "Blackhole" node if you will, into which search does not progress. Then placing a mirror node below that. Then dragging items over the blackhole node into the mirror node would have the same effect as having a wormhole node.
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