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  • Help icon madness
  • Now that I'm using SuperMemo every single day, it would be great if I could add my goals and affirmations to appear daily or on a scheduled cycle. For instance, at the beginning of (or end or randomly throughout) my review, it should show me each of my goald and affirmations one page at a time. The point is that it would show these daily, unlike the current elements.
  • It would be cool if the format (CSS) of extracted texts would remain
    • if you link a stylesheet to an HTML component, it will be retained in the extracts. Some formatting changes are inevitable due to limitations of HTML and/or IE
  • "Wikipedia-mode": This would facilitate in-depth exploration of a single topic by keyword, good for reviewing before a test, presentation, or other topic-specific event. This would entail a separate learning mode where each word in the question field would be clickable (ideally, after answering the question and grading the response, the words would become clickable). Clicking a word would search for it within your knowledgebase and return results as a subset which would automatically be queued to Outstanding reptitions. The current outstanding repetions would be replaced each time a new search is generated, to keep the questions topic-centric.
  • "Super link" - basically, it's like adding a hyperlink in a component. But in this case, the same desired word contained in all components from the collection will carry that link.
  • Learn drill function for the branch - sometimes I create tons of new items and only want to learn a sub-branch at a time [this has been possible with subset learning for a number of years already]
  • picture occlusion - allow a special object to be put on a picture, then like generating cloze Q's for articles, an item with picture+occlusion is created. Put second object on, another item is created. This is really important because I use diagram a lot. So far, there is way I could duplicate item in SM 2004. SO it is painfully slow!!!
  • Integrate SuperMemo Recently Used File List Cleaner with future releases of SuperMemo
  • The possibility to minimize the entire application at once
    • Explanation: SuperMemo only lets me minimize its "internal windows". There is no option to minimize SuperMemo in its entirety, I must click on another application in the taskbar or on "Show Desktop" if I want to leave the application without closing it.
    • Further Explanation: When using certain layout options, it is impossible to minimize the entire application at once. Instead, only the various internal windows (e.g. element window, contents, ancestors, etc) can be minimized one at a time.
      • If the user has the dock enabled (Main_Menu--Window--Dock), all the internal windows can be minimized together.
      • If the user has the dock disabled, they must either minimize internal windows individually, or click on another app in the taskbar, etc.
      • Cause: with the dock enabled, there is window ("TSMMain") that contains all the other SM windows (element, ancestors, etc). When this window is minimized, as it contains all the other windows, the entire application is minimized. With the dock disabled, the container window "TSMMain" no longer exists. Instead, the user is left with various windows that are each controlled independently of one another.
    • Related issues with the dock disabled:
      • Many keyboard shortcuts stop functioning in various windows. For example, in the Ancestors window Shift+Ctrl+P (Edit element parameters) and Alt+P (Modify priority)
  • Put all the technical settings, such as A factor, B factor, repetition factor, into "advanced settings" window, while leaving everyday options available to beginner, basic level users, just like Windows
  • XML for mindmapping
  • Warn of identical items // items may have identical texts but differ in layout, color, pictures, etc.
  • Make toolbars able to be closed. It's really annoying in SM2004 that if I minimise the program window after closing a toolbar, all the toolbars I have ever used will jump out when restoring the window!
    • you need to save those "closed" toolbars in your default layout (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+F5)
      • I am just a normal Windows user. Why are things so complicated that I have to remember another command while I just want to close toolbars with a click?
  • Improve where Zoot is better
  • Timed drills
  • Make all the templates read-only. If the user changes the template, a window should pop up, asking two options: save changes to template or detach template. I didn't know there was an option called "detach template". Whenever I resized the text field to fit the text for a particular item, all of them changed. That is so annoying
    • Why would templates be read-only if they can easily be undone? It is like making MS Word texts read-only (for good) for fear of introducing changes? Naturally you can make element "templates" "read-only" by just imposing the template (seeems similar to what you need). Why would globality of template be annoying? It might surprise one first time it is spotted, but then the user should know: use a template (make it global) or impose it (make it local)?
      • Well, I was really actually confused by the options. I admit I don't know anything about "impose template". But why does supermemo make it so hard??? MS word templates ARE read-only, and you will have to save a separate document if you press ctrl+s. If you want to edit the template, you need to browse for template file. There is nothing wrong about making templates global. It is, however, very annoying for newbie who find ALL items changed and ctrl+z does not undo the change. Do I need to be IT professional to use supermemo?
  • I know that I can progress into 'deeper' knowledge with IR, but sometimes I am not harvesting knowledge for myself but to transfer it and for this purpose a guided path would be very helpfull. Setting certain ways and hiding specific knowledge until a specific piece of information can be viewed as learned makes sense from my point of view
    • Explanation: Even reading the internet with IR-technique I am not able to accomplish the originally asked feature of making certain parts of the knowledge base only available after a groundlaying item is successfully memorized (e.g. learned). What comes to my mind is a feature to state a number for a root knowledge element to make its children available for learning only after the learner has successfully repeated the root item for the given number of times. This feature would make the progress of a learner through a topic more guidable.
  • The option to enter a "Queue" or "Schedule" mode, where all my generated articles and/or clozes are scheduled for repetition on a given day, or simply put on the pending queue. As I understood this was the behaviour of older SuperMemos, so it can be called "SuperMemo 98 Mode" or something like that.
    • This sounds exactly as Schedule extract, Queue extract, Schedule cloze and Queue cloze. SuperMemo 98 did not include any incremental reading tools. SuperMemo 2000 is the first to make a move from reading lists to incremental reading.
  • Collection task list options-This function can let users learn each collections in a fixed order or randomised order. Users can put data into separate collection folders and don't have to go through recent list to learn all the collections. Putting everything into one collection is simply too dangerous. As the collection size grows, it will get slower and slower. I hope it also allows different collections to share measured data, so that there is no difference from using only one collection
    • collections do not get (visibly) slower with size (on a mid-range PC); it is unclear why keeping data in one collection is dangerous (unless you cannot effectively back up due to collection size, e.g. when only floppies are available, etc.); a collection damage that makes it unusable can be effectively prevented with a regular backup
  • Better automation in the learning process
  • Have you ever thought about importing a text only once. If extracts or clozes are made this information could easily be stored as offsets reducing the overall data to keep in the collection. This way you would have the data (text), regarding my last recommendation a related style information (format), metadata for reading / extraction and metadata for learning and that's it.
    • This is more or less how it is done in SuperMemo. Texts are imported once. Styles are separate. Pictures are separate. They all can be reused many times. If you mean having all clozes kept as text + occluded keyword then the proposition is not practical because all clauses are subject to rewording. As for extracts, the recommended strategy is to just delete whatever has been extracted unless the texts are needed to retain context.
  • I get various errors regarding javascript when reading imported pages
  • Firefox toolbar & Firefox-compatible Wikipedia import for SuperMemo 2006.
  • Item template wizard

See also: Other suggestions