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What one thing do you like least about Notion?

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ValentinGeffro3's avatar
a year ago

The comment section: In the update menu, you can't access the comment in question.

6 points
meet__chopra's avatar
a year ago

Markdown copy pasting and sometimes inline table and kanban board not being that good. Can't set domain to a public page

5 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @meet__chopra )
a year ago

Copy/pasting is super frustrating in Notion.

On the custom domains thing, just out of curiosity, what's your use-case for publishing a Notion page to a public domain?

2 points
joepayneco's avatar
a year ago

Because of its flexibility, it's really easy to create a mess unless you get really tight on how you organize pages and content. The delineation between private, shared, and public pages can get a bit messy (mostly because permissions look different between those three types of content, and you can easily find yourself in a situation where you've accidentally shared something you shouldn't, or locked out something everyone needs access to). Like any content hub, the biggest challenge over time is that it can be difficult to find what you need. Search works ok, but can return a lot of useless results if people are using similar words or naming paradigms for their pages.

5 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @joepayneco )
a year ago

Absolutely—we've struggled to keep our internal Notion organized enough. Have you found any organization methods that worked well for your team in Notion?

1 point
robturlinckx's avatar
a year ago

There is a learning curve to fully utilize Notion. It's too much horsepower for a simple note-taking app.

5 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @robturlinckx )
a year ago

Don't you think the learning curve is worth it?

1 point
susanwliu's avatar
a year ago

I haven't had this issue yet but I wonder if search becomes tough as you create more in notion.

5 points
tylerwillis's avatar
a year ago

There is enough overhead to "learning" notion, that in a large enough company, a lot of people get frustrated by it or make mistakes in it. The hotkeys are super weird/non-intuitive, the structure is kind of odd, the commenting interface is really in-effective. There's a lot of learning notion's quirks to get it to format correctly or work the way you thought it would when you started writing something. It's much easier to get people to adopt gdocs.

5 points
nicovanzyl's avatar
a year ago

The lack of an API. It would be extremely valuable to have the data available outside of the Notion UI.

4 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @nicovanzyl )
a year ago

Yes!! API and integrations are badly needed

1 point
AKL01's avatar
a year ago

The usability of the mobile app isn't good. It's easy to make mistakes while typing, sometimes accidentally deleting stuff.

4 points
andromedarabbit's avatar
a year ago

More difficult to sign enterprise contracts with than other services, with no discounts or benefits

4 points
bobmichaelperez's avatar
a year ago

Lack of a public API or integration with Zapier or other similar services is probably the thing I like the least about Notion. Although, they say it's coming soon, it's already been a while in coming. The ability to connect to other apps/services would add to the game-changer status that Notion already enjoys and would bring unbelievable power and flexibilty to the platform. Can't wait for that.

4 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @bobmichaelperez )
a year ago

Totttally agree. This has been my biggest frustration. If Notion were extensible, it'd be able to tie into so much more of our workflow. What do you think you'll do first when they roll out a public API or Zapier integration?

3 points
bobmichaelperez's avatar
@bobmichaelperez (replying to @awwstn )
a year ago

A few things come to mind: I would probably try to beef up task and appointment reminders with sms notifications (yes I need that much help) .

Depending on the actions that would be available in Zapier I would probably try to hack together something for recurring tasks/appointments. This is the main reason I've resisted, until lately, in replacing some Google Calendars with Notion calendars.

I also have several automations tied to Google Sheets and other apps using Zapier so I would see about those. I have all project documentation in Notion so it would be nice to have implementation there also. Probably a few more things to try around project management that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

5 points
polluterofminds's avatar
a year ago

The bundling of products into Notion’s all in one software, while generally convenient, is confusing and disorganized at times. The number pages created gets unwieldy and then organizing them after the fact can be difficult.

4 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @polluterofminds )
a year ago

Agree with this...do you have any methods of organizing it all?

1 point
NickAtLoot's avatar
a year ago

Formatting is tricker and more limited than it should be

4 points
em1365992556's avatar
a year ago

It promotes icon abuse :)

4 points
rimenes's avatar
a year ago

Can become messy if you don't have a methodology to organize your documents/knowledge

4 points
BrechtVds's avatar
a year ago

Communication about product roadmap could be better. Some features have been "coming soon" for a very long time (looking at you, public API).

4 points
adityarao310's avatar
a year ago

The native Mac app can be very very slow at times

4 points
leonsasson's avatar
a year ago

Search and mobile app are pretty bad.

4 points
josebet1's avatar
a year ago

It's just a fancy wiki, just like using something such as Confluence. You need to have someone actively managing it in order for it continue being valuable. "Notion smell" is definitely going to become a thing.

4 points
JosvdWest's avatar
a year ago

I wish it had a better way to show you edits made by other members when you collaborate on pages.

4 points
kim_bertelsen's avatar
a year ago

Search. We have a lot of workspaces in the sidebar, just going to the correct one is too manual. Might be me not knowing how to do it. Search results should possibly be a full size view.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @kim_bertelsen )
a year ago

Notion's search has gotten a bit better recently, but honestly few tools do in-app search well. Definitely something that would be great to see improved across the board.

1 point
saptarshinath's avatar
a year ago

Lack of integrations.

3 points
skazhy's avatar
a year ago

Slow mobile experience.

3 points
_tthias's avatar
a year ago

I feel like when you try to push the tool with formula and creating kind of automated to do for your time you hit the celling very quickly. That's why I use notion for very basic stuff (which are 80% of my every day work).

3 points
Blakejmyer's avatar
a year ago

No spell check when using the desktop app!

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @Blakejmyer )
a year ago

There actually is spell-check in Notion, though it often only starts working once there's a decent amount of text on the page, and it doesn't always have suggestions to fix misspelled words. The Notion team did mention that "spellcheck needs a lot of work!", and they've added a few spellcheck changes over the past few years, so hopefully we'll see more here in the near future!

1 point
Blakejmyer's avatar
@Blakejmyer (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

I saw that same thread on twitter I believe! I'm glad they're aware of it.

I will however say I have very long notion pages that spell check never decides to show up on.

It's actually kind of great for practicing spelling without an aid — but I'd like to be able to turn it on and off (especially for public postings).

Overall I love Notion. Favorite digital product right now.

3 points
shoaibgm_khan's avatar
a year ago

Nesting can make things a bit complicated.

3 points
jcbcarlsson's avatar
a year ago

No offline capability

3 points
joelfalconer's avatar
a year ago

No true native apps!

3 points
srijancse's avatar
a year ago

It is buggy. Needs to level up on performance and speed.

3 points
garychin's avatar
a year ago

notifications are not properly managed

3 points
TheDanChan's avatar
a year ago

No API! It’s coming and it will be worth the wait. But it would be nice to interact with my data to further enhance and streamline my cloud setup. Notion already replaced so many tools. The API will for sure reinvent work and secure confidence to invest into further use of the app.

3 points
KartikeyaG9's avatar
a year ago

It starts to get very complicated when you try to build proper structures for "folder-like" segmentation and connect it back to other docs and start managing things at scale.

3 points
kevinwdavid's avatar
a year ago

Would love to have more functionalities for the browser extension.

3 points
jonbstrong's avatar
a year ago

The data structure when exporting is extremely messy.

3 points
skinnyandbald's avatar
a year ago

easy of embedding notes in other notes can make it difficult to find what you're looking for. there's no good way to see what somewhere within notion. if you're not careful, and clear on your note taking/organizing strategy, it can quickly become untenable

3 points
brnt's avatar
a year ago

Some parts of the experience could be better polished. For instance, upon PDF export, tables get converted to Black & White, which makes them look less beautiful than within Notion.

Oh, and I wish they had a proper Offline Mode.

1 point
gabedealmeida's avatar
a year ago

I wish there was a way to have multiple note tabs open.

1 point
hikikomori1729's avatar
a year ago

Slow speed, search could be better.

1 point
ktkaushik's avatar
a year ago

I dislike -

  1. that you have to dig deep to setup a reminder and it only sends the reminder on notion not on email or something

  2. no API. This really means i can't connect notion to a hundred different things of my own

I hate -

  1. the fact that i can't search properly for that one little thing i had written maybe somewhere in some page. It's starting to feel a bit chaotic for me.
1 point
tomcarra's avatar
a year ago

It's still a bit buggy at times and the writing experience isn't amazing. I find myself writing in other tools and posting into Notion as small thinks in the text editor and spacing isn't great. Although that stuff is hard to get right in a multi use product like Notion.

1 point
chieftanbonobo's avatar
a year ago

I wish it would recognize addresses as a type of properties. This would make it easier/possible to automatically create maps from a list of places.

1 point
vsemkin's avatar
a year ago

Mobile app is a bit buggy - sometimes doesn't start at all

1 point
prasadkawthekar's avatar
a year ago

Navigation between pages

1 point
phemartin's avatar
a year ago

I want to access its API.

1 point
Falky97's avatar
a year ago

I think the folders / hierarchy could be better.

1 point
Zee's avatar
a year ago

It's too complex for your average Joe.

1 point
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