I love this idea. I purposefully have unlinked objects, but it would be nice to have them all in once place too, since there is a reason they are unlinked and that, in and of itself, is a property that is important to know.
I also need this! I’m wondering what you see as the scope for such an inbox set (for stuff that is not linked elsewhere) as there are several ways to link Objects:
Objects display in a Set, these are NOT linked to another Object in the Graph unless linked in one of these two ways:
Link by Relation, which I believe only links Objects in the Graph if you have selected one Object in the Relation of Type Object in another Objects. I think this requires an example: I have an Object of Type “Human” called “Person 1”. On the page of that Object I add a Relation of Type “Object” called “Sister” and there I select Object of Type “Human” called “Person 2”. Now Person 1 is linked to Person 2 in the Graph with a label “Sister”. (off topic: these Relations are directional, so Person 2 is NOT linked as “Sister” to Person 1 in this example). Linked by Relation in Graph:
Linked by “Link to”: you open an Object and use the / slash menu option “Link to” to link the opened Object to another Object. Linked by “Link to” in the Graph:
I would assume you are interested in all three cases and all three show up as orphans in the Graph, but if you create a Set, those Objects can potentially still be orphans in the Graph if they are not linked using option 2 or 3.
To complicate things further if you are indeed interested in Objects that are not part of any Set: would you count items that should be visible in a Set based on its Object Type or Relations, but are not visible because there is no view that displays them (due to filters) as unlinked Object?
Firstly, I wouldn’t call this Inbox since this doesn’t really sound like an inbox for me, especially because inboxes are usually supposed to be emptied, and for a lot of objects I just don’t want to link to anything.
Secondly, the way this could be implemented is to add a new system relation which could list all backlinks for that object. The same thing could be done with forward links. That way, users could just create a set and filter these two relations by empty to find all the object that are not linked to anything.
The alternate option, possibly simpler, have an unlinked only option as a switch in the graph. Though, I think creating a set would be easier to manage, giving the ability to sort and filter by tags, etc.
After importing files, I was left with the task of sorting out MANY unlinked items. The only way I found was by searching the graph… Not ideal.
One more thing, not sure if this is outside of the scope of the feature: it would be great to be able to quickly move an object that has already been organized into our space back to the inbox (because it needs work or needs to be reorganized)