To avoid confusion we normally use the terms ‘Tinderbox’ or ‘TB’ here when referring to the app. Tinder is, I believe, a dating app which isn’t really something that crops up as a Tinderbox task.
Tinderbox isn’t a utility. Utilities usually do only one, or a few, things well; that is their value. Tinderbox is a tool(box) for notes. The ‘notes’ are your information, whatever it may be. The toolbox is the large range of things you can do with that information. Unlike much software, Tinderbox doesn’t assume a particular task tasks. More powerfully, it helps you explore the structure - perhaps guessed but not yet known in your structure. It then lets you, in a forgiving way, insert that emergent structure into your notes. Which views you use, one or more, is up to you. It’s role is not visualising but helping understand your notes (on whatever subject that might be).
I repeat though, it in not a utility where you pore your data in, fill in the required boxes and the answer pops out. Tinderbox is a far more powerful and exploratory tool. So, ‘how it helps’ varies by user. I can say with confidence after 14+ years helping this community, that it varies more than you my intuit. Conversely, it doesn’t do everything. I would say its strong points are being able to take data/information whose structure you don’t understand and
You may indeed have many problems. But, just describing one or two will help calibrate both you and us (as Tinderbox users) on those problems where Tinderbox will help and where other approaches might be better.
On a personal note, I’ve have found Tinderbox is peerless in investigating a subject where the structure is either unclear or probably misdescribed. In my doctoral researchI’m looking at data for which I can’t predict the (metadata for the) important relationships in the data, so the IT approach of defining the structure before you start is no use. Although academic research is a common use, even that purpose varies in style from person to person. Meanwhile, others use it for different things:
- Creating hypertext
- Planning/writing books
- Consultancy analysis & reports
- Investigative reports
- Flight logs
- Expense tracking
- Speech planning/writing
- Syllabus design/publication
- Space layout (kitchens, gardens…)
- GTD/time management
- Qualitative analysis for marketing
- Contact management
- and many I’ve forgotten.
Don’t get hung up on what the tool does:
Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth…there is no spoon
…think more about how you might apply its toolbox to your work.
So, tell use some things you’re currently struggling to do.