Topics now have dates

Eric Walker, September 1, 2019

Something I learned from using Digraph for a few months that didn’t occur to me when I started out is that some of the topics that I want to track are situated in time:

In order to capture this dimension of time, I adopted a convention of adding prefixes to some topic names to capture the approximate date. A nice thing about this convention is that the topics with date prefixes sort chronologically, providing a rough timeline.

Eventually I’d like to be able to reconstruct timelines with more precision, and this will require keeping track of the actual dates involved. As a first step, I’ve added a new set of form fields to the topic edit form:

Date ranges

Following are some time-related features that I’d like to add at some point: