Connecting Oink Nodes

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:


2 thoughts on “Connecting Oink Nodes

  1. Hello! Thank you for the new way to collaborate mapping ideas. Perhaps it was just coincidence but was reading this [] a while ago and this service seems exactly what the OP was looking for: A “sequential mindmap” 😀

    So was mucking with this but wondering a few things:
    Z) No CONNECTORS in true mindmap style? Either like freeplane or bubblus (web service) with line connectors linking nodes back and forth, arrowheaded and with labels both to/from ends and in center.
    Y) The ctrl+enter SHORTCUT works well enough but new note is added only as a subnote to the topmost visible item in side panel. Eg. If you had:
    |bbb …

    (Have tried to emulate view as much as possible. Feel free to ask for clarification!)
    Executing the shortcut would drop the note into under “aaa” and not inside “bbb” as expected. This means had you needed it under the latter or further down the line (eg. 5down), manual drag and drop would be needed. And unfortunately unlike clicking the maps sub-nodes to bring out the side panels where the subnode becomes the top panel ie:
    aaa ..

    Where “aaa” can be clicked to expand into previous example again — One cannot click “ddd” on map to bring out side panel to view like “bbb” (see Example 1) as “ddd” is not visible for clicking on map. Only in side-panel as a sub-node. If that makes sense.
    X) On the same note, in example 2, if you expand “aaa” to become like example 1, the ctrl shortcut again places new note under “aaa” and not “bbb” again as expected.

    W) Navigation to nodes in MAP is currently non-existent. Clicking notes in timeline open up side panel. There is no click (as found yet) that ‘jumps’ the map into viewing a particular node.

    I keep having map views disappear on window moves, resizes, etc (thank you for the resizing handles of all panels! Sorely missed feature in onyl too many apps) and then being unable to find them again despite map area being limited. It doesn’t help that since one cannot have the same node at the same level, it is not possible to drag the same node into a different view (but same level) again. Not that that the idea is bad. In fact, it solves a problem that I didn’t realise was or would be there.

    V) It is not possible to delete NOTES of timeline though panel and map (as well for some reason, timeline notes in private room) have a nice warning that also confirms the delete. Cannot delete topmost (title nodes?) in panel and
    U) Deleted notes in map retain hierarchy of subnodes. This is an odd, surely useful but entirely new feature not yet seen elsewhere.
    T) Last but certainly not least, there is no apparent EXPORT feature. This for me, is most important. Specifically for Html or plain text list (indent and or numbered presentation), this would be crucial if just for pen and paper planning offline.

    Similarly, to import by listed text, etc file would be just as useful, If not more. Especially if one had already started on a mindmap/outline elsewhere. It has mentioned here [] that you’ll add an “uploaded files” feature? Sorry if this is about something else.Still, can’t wait to see where this goes!


    1. Hi Wei,

      Thank you for your comment!

      I think your questions are interesting for other users as well. So I’ll try to answer them one by one as blog posts.


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