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What one thing do you like least about Roam?

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loosewire's avatar
a year ago

not offline or mobile, pricing uncertain

3 points
Mint_Natchamon's avatar
a year ago

Pricing- It is decided that the pricing for beta tester will be $15/month and will be 50% if you are under 22 and is a student.As a student, I think Roam Research is very useful for knowledge management and I am looking forward to using it in my first year of university but the pricing is very high which makes me considered finding an alternative like Obsidian and TiddlyBlink.
Design (UI and UX)-The design of Roam Research can be better but I don’t blame it on the developer as Roam has not been around for that long and I believe the developer is working on it.

3 points
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@maguay (replying to @Mint_Natchamon )
a year ago

I hadn’t heard of Obsidian; is that a new Wiki app?

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

Yes, it is very similar to roam but with better design
How is Obsidian different from Roam?
1. Obsidian makes use of a local older of Markdown text files, rather than syncing to a cloud database like Roam.
2. Each page in Roam is an outline (as in outliner), whereas each file in Obsidian is a Markdown file.
3. #tag is not the same as [[tag]] in Obsidian. In Roam #tag is an alias of [[tag]], while in Obsidian #tag will search for all occurrences of this tag. You can use our "Markdown format converter" plugin to convert this.
4. Rather than a built-in feature, "daily notes" is available as a plugin in Obsidian.

3 points
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@maguay (replying to @Mint_Natchamon )
a year ago

Neat, that sounds like something that would fit with my existing writing workflow better than Roam.

Got a link to Obsidian?

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

The #roamcult mentality is grating to me. I understand people are passionate about the tool and that it solves a problem for a particular niche, but I find that it polarizes the community.

2 points
Markkofman's avatar
a year ago

Lack of mobile app is huge drawback. I would use it 10 times more if there would be one.

1 point
wchamwud's avatar
a year ago

Pricing and ease of use. A considerable learning curve, IMO

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

Definitely takes a bit of time to adopt Roam and use it effectively. Did any resources help you get started, or did you just hunt around and explore in the app to learn it on your own?

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

To answer your question; I actually searched for tutorials on youtube but haven't manage to figure it out.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @wchamwud )
a year ago

Yikes.

What specifically would you find most helpful to learn about Roam? I might have something in the works that would help ;)

1 point
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@wchamwud (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

There's always a trade-off between value prop and ease of adoption. I believe this is a major barrier for Slack. Basic vs. Pro version might help. No one knows what works best until more of these hybrid (consumer /enterprise) apps get mass adoption.

1 point
anartam's avatar
a year ago

The vibe and the price. It's very annoying all that people trying to look so cool because they're using bidirectional links and neural graphs. The price just reflects all that vibe (waiting lists, dozens of reviews, Youtube videos, zettelkasten afficionado...)

1 point
unxrlm's avatar
a year ago

It was mentioned already but the lack of offline capability is BIG issue. All these apps should focus on this VERY early on. I need to be able to organize myself anywhere, connected or not. Notion (I'm still between two chairs) has the same problem. Evernote was great for this.

I'm still uncomfortable adding attachments to Roam. I know I can, but they look ugly and I find them hard to work with. Anything that wants to help me manage my projects needs to have a clear way to support attachments. Notion did this well.

So far, I'm mainly adding links to attachments elsewhere (gDrive mainly).

That was two things... sorry.

1 point
omnotion's avatar
a year ago

When RoamResearch has devops problems, it disrupts the flow of using it as a tool.

1 point
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