I love Bear and I love what you’re doing with it, please keep up the amazing work! This feedback isn’t about the new features in the Alpha, I’m excited to see them ship someday in Bear. This is rather about a new feature request.
See, just like everyone else, I probably collect over a dozen notes every day. These are work notes, personal notes, my knowledge notes, shopping lists, whatever. Work and personal notes can be (should be?) short lived, especially if you’re managing a GTD-type system where you send notes first to an Inbox, process them, and then eventually archive/delete them once their utility is over. Or you don’t, that’s up to you. Similarly you’ll usually just delete your grocery list once you’re back from shopping.
But if you’re using Bear as your knowledge graph as well — and Bear’s note linking feature is almost good enough to build your own Zettelkasten in it — you’ll likely never delete your notes. In fact, you’ll keep building upon the same notes over and over until you’ve perfected them. And then one day you’ll have collected enough material to write a book from it, hopefully.
I think it’s clear that these are two very different use cases that Bear enables but currently doesn’t provide a way to segregate. Yes, the tagging system is outstanding and extremely useful, but it doesn’t help me separate my areas of concern (persona/work/journal/knowledge) where I’d like to keep each of these worlds apart — and ideally without causing tag collisions. Similarly, I would also like to switch Bear to exclusively show my work notes in an office setup and not lay bare my personal/inner life to my coworkers. Or simply, when I just want to focus on a particular type of work, or set of notes, or an aspect of my life for doing some focused work. In fact, I’m currently forcing myself to try Obsidian because I want to maintain exactly this kind of a separation in my knowledge graph from the rest of my notes.
This can be made possible if Bear let me choose different workspaces/vaults/folders or whatever you may call it to keep different types of notes in completely different places. This would make a tremendous impact on the way I (and I’m sure others) use Bear. Please do consider it if possible and keep up the awesome work. Thanks!