All of our knowledge consists of concepts that arose from experience or existing concepts. A concept is an essential unit of knowledge, but it cannot exist without relationships to other concepts as the concept of a “parent” cannot exist without a parent‐child relationship. Therefore you could say that knowledge is a set of relationships. When you come up with a new idea, it would boil down to the fact that you’ve just discovered a new connection. That’s why we think connecting oinks(posts in Oinker) is the most important feature in Oinker.
Connecting oinks is as simple as dragging and dropping. First you need to drag an oink from the timeline and drop it onto the board:
As you can see, it will appear as a card, then you drop another oink onto it to create a new connection:
The two oinks on the board look like copies or clones of the oinks in the timeline, but they are not exactly copies of the original ones. Let’s look at an interesting example:
The oinks on the board are called “oink nodes”. The oink nodes made from the same oink or nodes with the same origin are a kind of cloned view to look at the original oink.
As you can see in the above movie, the default behavior of the drag-and-drop is to create a new oink node with the same origin (with the original node preserved). In some cases you may want to move a node (with the original node removed) and you can do that by dropping a node with shift-key pressed:
Another useful shortcut is to post an oink with ctrl-key pressed, which allows you to directly append an oink node of the post to the selected node without the drag-and-drop: