Introductions

Please tell us: who are you? How did you find about SilverBullet, how long have you been using it and what do you like (or hate) about it?

Hello there. My name is Zef (obviously) and I first found out about SilverBullet by creating it. It had a different name back then (don’t even remember exactly), but you know — it was going to be the silver bullet to all my note taking and writing problems, so the name only seemed appropriate.

I was born in The Netherlands, but moved to Poland about 12 years ago. I’m married, have three kids (all sons). I work as Director of Engineering at ResearchGate (although soon moving to another company), so I’m a senior engineering manager. Obviously, I use SilverBullet a lot in my day to day. Lots of meetings, action items, writing — all in SB.

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Hi, I am Valentin :wave:
I am a computer science student from Germany. Somehow, I got stuck on Silverbullet when I was looking for a good personal knowledge management tool to structure my notes. Along the way, I tried many other tools. Most important to me was Markdown support, offline functionality and easy sync between multiple devices. In the beginning, I also thought a graphical visualization like the one implemented in graphview was very cool. In the meantime, I prefer a good search instead of such a visualization. In my opinion, the search is also the only feature with potential for improvement in Silverbullet. Apart from that, Silverbullet simply fulfills all the requirements I have for a PKM tool. In particular, Zef’s idea of implementing the whole thing as a PWA is simply brilliant. This way, all my notes are available on all devices with a browser (offline) and that’s fantastic. At the moment I’m writing my master’s thesis and for this I’m also using Silverbullet quite intensively to manage the notes on my literature. It integrates really well with Zotero because you can use Ctrl+Shift+V to make direct deep links to certain markers in the documents. I’m curious to see how Silverbullet will continue to develop. :sunflower:

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Hi, I’m Max,

Currently finishing my Bachelor in Design / Computer Science in Germany. I discovered Silverbullet on my Journey through different note-taking apps, deciding that none fit all my needs, trying to write my own, abandoning that, going back to Obsidian and then finally discovering Silverbullet. This was about a year ago.

One of my main requirements was that all the data remained as open, future-proof, and as close to Markdown as possible. This makes it easier to treat my markdown files as a sort of database, so I can write a server that exposes my files over a simple rest API. I could for example expose all my Recipes/*.md files like this:

https://res.max-richter.dev/recipes

What I really like about Silverbullet:

  • open-source
  • offline capable pwa
  • vim mode

What I don’t love:

  • seems kinda complicated to write plugins, could also be a skill issue :slight_smile:

Thanks Zef and all the contributors for this amazing software :))

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Hi,
I’m a Spanish living in Switzerland, working as an Engineering Manager in an IT company.
Silverbullet has been my daily tool since I found it, deprecating all the other ones that i tested/used for the past 20 years.
I was already using markdown for my notes, using foam before I found SB.
The initial reason for switching was to move away from the need to use vscode with foam.

But that was just the beginning. With time, once i started learning more about SB and Zef made it more powerful over time, there was no need to look anywhere else.

SB gives me the control, independence (from tools), power and workflows that I need to manage my professional and personal live.

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Hi, I’m Marek, I was born and stayed until recently in Poland. At the moment I’m doing a PhD about flight simulation in Italy.

I started taking a lot of notes with Dendron in 2021, but as I used it more I started to need something a bit different. So, at the start of this year, I kept trying alternatives until I found this reddit post from a search engine. It’s been about two weeks now, but it’s already doing its job great — write down anything I want to remember, so I have more space left in my head :smile:

Why I switched: markdown editor that shows images where you write the text, easily accessible from a computer in the lab, auto-sync. And that it’s a separate window, neither text editor or browser. Other things that were prerequisites, but less unique to silverbullet: open source, markdown-based, hints when you start typing the link, self-hosted, vim mode, extensible.

Currently what annoys me most, but is not really silverbullet’s fault, is that if I run it in a separate window as PWA, the links open in Chrome, which isn’t my primary browser.

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Hello, I am Nikolas.

I am studying tango as a musician in Buenos Aires. I play the chromatic harmonica and sing.

I am from Athens, Greece. My first degree was on mathematics and recently did a master’s in philosophy.

I first read about SilverBullet on Hacker News about 7-8 months ago. I was using Logseq till then, but got interested enough to try it.

It was my first attempt in selfhosting, and now I also have Miniflux and SearXNG going as well.

I use SilverBullet for:

  • organizing reading material (pdfs, weblinks)
  • task list
  • event list
  • shopping list
  • text editing

I organized my master’s thesis’ material on SB and found myself using it instead of Zettlr to write most of it.

So far I have taken a Logseq-like approach.

  • I have a “journal” page where I take daily notes of anything/everything
  • I use queries to display task, event and shopping lists on a “landing” page
  • I use queries on pages with a specific topic to display lists with all entries from my journal that are related to this topic.

What I really like about SilverBullet is:

  • how it “live previews” markdown
  • it is selfhosted
  • PWA, available from any device
  • queries and templates
  • minimal and clean ui
  • very adaptable to what you want to do with it
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Hi everyone,

I am an Italian archaeologist working in academia with satellite images and R for data analysis, but in general I’ve always been a tech enthusiast (altough self-learner in most of the things).
I first heard about silverbullet when searching alternatives for Obsidian. I grew tired on having to relied on thousands of plugins to achieve my needs and I wanted a solution that provided the necessary things out of the box. I wanted also something that worked locally, with physical files on my laptop, and open-source.

SB ticked all the boxes. Basically I am using it to organize the things and projects that I have to do at work. I used to this in Obsidian, but the process was clunky and reliant on external plugins and JS code. No other solution worked until SB. I am very happy to have replaced other tools with it.

Plus, markdown, pleasant and smooth writing experience, minimal and clean, and always improving. Thanks Zef and every contributor for this software :slight_smile:

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I’m Chris,

I’m a computer scientist. I am a researcher with a lot of systems and low-level and back-end development experience. I normally am more comfortable in Python, Zig, Rust, and Haskell - I’ve always avoided web-apps. I randomly found of about SilverBullet on a mastodon thread and started digging. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, but really like it so far and have switched my work and personal setups to use it. I’ve been fascinated with PKM for 3-4 years and have been using Obsidian over the years. I’ve also tried standard notes, Logseq and Joplin, but struggled synchronizing all of them between my linux, macOS, and iOS setups navigating the challenges for synchronizing all of them. I don’t like that even the other “open source” PKM tools are looking to make money off of synchronization so they intentionally don’t prioritize making self-hosted options usable and a priority. The main features in my mind are:

  • fully open source
  • programmability / query language
  • easy to self-host
  • PWA support on multiple platforms
  • “offline” functionality
  • prioritzing keeping data in markdown and sync’d with git

I also like the feel of a closer-knit community where my input and use-cases are likely well aligned.

I’ve been tracking possible future feature requests and things I’d like to implement. Currently the biggest hurdle is in using it on mobile, as I tend to do a fair amount of use from my iphone, so the fact that keyboard shortcuts aren’t a thing, and managing list indentation and placement is pretty hard from mobile currently is a big challenge, but I’m pretty patient with that. The core and design of the system itself is quite nice and feels like it is a community worth investing my time in.

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