This is an old thread that I just found, and my comments will be part of the off-topic part of the thread. Thanks for anyone who bothers to read this.
tl;dr part 1: Wonders whether he really should be interested in a hyper-thinking tool, despite skepticism. When I read about tools like these, my first thought is, Nah, not for me. Then I thought, Well, you know, I do track interconnected ideas, a lot, but I do it with directory structures, and unix links so that I can put the same file in different levels and sections of the hierarchy (but then I have to search them all because not everything gets linked), and files named “SEEALSO”, and notes inside of files referencing other files, and of course, vague memories of some note I wrote somewhere about something, and try to grep for but maybe fail. So then I think I shouldn’t be so closed-minded, and maybe I’d like Roam or something like that, even though I rejected the idea five years ago when some other product claimed to do the same sort of thing.
tl;dr part 2: Realizes that for benefits to exceed costs, a thinking tool has to work with how he thinks, which is through Vim keymappings, and LaTeX as well as simple text. Then I realize that my thought flows through Vim keymappings, and most tools of this kind won’t even think to have a vim keymap, and if they do, it will have annoying exceptions. And then I also realize that for this kind of hyperlinking to work for me, it also has to work in the actual files that I do my real writing in, which are, in addition to text files with ASCII notes, LaTeX. For this to be fully productive to me, the LaTeX files should be included in the system. Ideally, it should also work in Word, because I have to use that sometimes, too, and for most people, it’s the default anyway.
So the question is: Has anyone heard of a thinking-outside-the-mind-with-hyperlinks-and-all-that tool that is not based on codes embedded in files or web pages, but instead is an external indexing system that keeps track of references to filenames or locations or phrases in arbitrary files. (Not an easy task, since files keep changing.) That would be a killer app, for me personally.
(I don’t know org-mode, but I used Emacs for many years, and then after (perversely, perhaps) switching to nvi and Vim for several years, spent some time using Emacs with its viper vi keymapping interface. In the end, there were too many awkward differences, and I went back to Vim. I would think that the same would true for evil-mode.)
(Granted, “killer app” and “for me personally” don’t really go together.)