Unlinked Mentions & Aliases

Ability to search for, see and link (perhaps one button link-all) Unlinked Mentions with Aliases to augment them?

For example, let’s say I have a page called “New York City” and I link to it all through my notes. But New York City also has nicknames like “The Big Apple”. I would also want to link all references to the title page even if it doesn’t match exactly.

Another example would be if I have a page titled “Linked Notes Apps” — but perhaps because of the grammar of a particular sentence, i mention that "Anytype is a great new linked notes app". It wouldn’t match the title page exactly because it’s not plural but clearly I may want plural/non-plural references linked.

It would greatly benefit biologists (vernacular names Vs. scientific names of species: killer whale or Orcinus orca), doctors and chemists (molecules Vs. commercial product names: acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin), lawyers and solicitors (married names Vs. maiden names) and too many other use cases to count.

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For example, let’s say I have a page called “New York City” and I link to it all through my notes. But New York City also has nicknames like “The Big Apple”. I would also want to link all references to the title page even if it doesn’t match exactly.

Another example would be if I have a page titled “Linked Notes Apps” — but perhaps because of the grammar of a particular sentence, i mention that “Anytype is a great new linked notes app”. It wouldn’t match the title page exactly because it’s not plural but clearly I may want plural/non-plural references linked.

It would greatly benefit biologists (vernacular names Vs. scientific names of species: killer whale or Orcinus orca), doctors and chemists (molecules Vs. commercial product names: acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin), lawyers and solicitors (married names Vs. maiden names) and too many other use cases to count.

When it comes to aliases ObsidianMD has a function for this. Since it is markdown you type:

Alias: “name of the alias”

When you link a page and type the alias name it automaticly links to the main page. Works great.

Anytype could have a function on the top of the page to add alias to that page (could be placed next to the layout and relation buttons for example) and shows these in a nice format below the main title of the page.

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+1 on that request.

I’d also like to add two related requests:

    1. Aliases should exist as unique references. Using OP’s example, if one day I decide to change “The Big Apple” to “The Big Pear”, I can just edit that alias, and this is updated in every occurrence (while still keeping the link to “New York City”).
    1. Ability to create these Aliases in the moment I’m actually creating a reference to an object (ie. no need to go into the object to create the alias). For example, the first time I decide to reference New York as “The Big Apple”, I can just (1) start typing @New Y… until the desired object shows up, (2) pick that object (thus adding “New York City” as a reference), then (3) editing the text in that reference (to “The Big Apple”). That would automatically create that alias. Another option is, in step 2 above, to have an option in the menu to “Create new alias for this object”, or something like this. (I understand this might require figuring out how to differentiate between creation of aliases and simply changing the text that links to a reference, which is also something Id like to be able to do)
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Great extra ideas to expand the functionality!

@Jeroen @qualquertipo — Great additional requests! I hope all this functionality gets implemented! Would make for an amazing research tool :slight_smile:

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