# devlog-together

Kartik Agaram

08/29/2023, 8:53 PM
I just came up with a name for the versioning scheme I've been using recently: Zettelkasten versioning 1, 2, 3, ... 14, 14a, 14b, ... 14z, 14aa, ... 14ak1, 14ak2, ... My versions are to communicate identity. That's it. Not ordering, not value, not recency, not stability, not compatibility, not quantity of change, not support duration, just identity. Am I using the same version as you? (The easiest way to come up with versions also ends up communicating heredity. But that's an unimportant side effect.)

Joshua Horowitz

08/29/2023, 11:32 PM
I don't understand. If all you care about is identity, why not just use incrementing numeric IDs? The zettelkasten thing is designed specifically to enable hierarchy, isn't it?

Kartik Agaram

08/30/2023, 12:02 AM
Yeah. Upon further reflection, I realized I didn't want my users to have to care about what versions mean. But it is helpful to the programmers to be able to see some indication of the heredity. So I was not right in my final paragraph. On the other hand, we only see heredity from one side in this scheme.. 🤔
Alternative response: if you provide a single number, people tend to ascribe meaning to it. 14 is closer to 15 than to 16, etc. It seems worth disconnecting that assumption somehow.


08/30/2023, 8:08 AM
Yeah, if identity is all we want, I know this git who has something on offer. 😏