For my workflow, I'm looking for a combination of features in a note taking system that I am having some trouble finding (I might just be looking in the wrong places). These are:

  1. I have a lot of content scattered in many small or large notes, so a hierarchical tagging system is very useful. Wiki-type interfaces seem good for this.

  2. Flat text file based for easy backups, version control, future-proofness and content adding / editing from a Linux based desktop system. Please no propietary solutions like Evernote etc. (aaargh) :).

  3. Content that can be edited / added via an Android app (preferably not through the browser) of some kind.

It does not need to create a publicly available website (it's only for my own use). It doesn't even need to be a hosted solution - it could be a software that uses syncing, though the latter does face the problem of conflicts.

I used to use Tiddlywiki, which met requirements 1 and 2 very well (especially after I wrote a Bash script that made command line based editing easy), but of course failed at 3. Recently I have shifted to Simplenote which is brilliant at 2 and 3 (in combination with sncli) but fails at 1.

I'm wondering about flat file CMSs like Grav, but I'm not sure how to meet requirement 3 - easy mobile editing.

Am I just looking in the wrong places?

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    I cannot recommend any as I have not used any, but be welcome to take a look at my app listing on Editors for Wikis. It has some candidates with desktop pendants. If Markdown is acceptable, continue that page to the next section :)
    – Izzy
    Dec 5, 2016 at 13:47
  • Thanks for the link! Markdown is certainly acceptable - actually the main formatting tool I use these days. The problem is that most of those apps use their own format, except for WikiMind, and it hasn't been updated in forever. I'm scared re future-proofness :)
    – ShankarG
    Dec 5, 2016 at 15:54
  • Then pick a Markdown editor? At least the "base format" (standard markdown) is clearly defined. Using extensions (Github-/SE-flavored or Markdown Extra) is a different thing, of course, though those are pretty much standard as well.
    – Izzy
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:54
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    I'm already doing that - Simplenote includes a built in markdown editor, and unlike a plain editor it offers syncing and it is cross-platform. But as said the problem is one of hierarchical classification to easily categorise a large number (>2500) of notes, which Simplenote doesn't offer.
    – ShankarG
    Dec 5, 2016 at 17:20


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