I hope the original intention behind this thread remains clear. One might say that a collection of notes draws upon Luhmann’s insights if:
a. there is no pre-conceived hierarchy of topics
b. notes can be linked together
c. note sequences can emerge*
i.e. that there be no rigid hierarchy, while allowing structure to emerge.
Tinderbox shines when it comes to emergent structure. The ‘magic’ (to borrow the term) is in seeing relationships and meaning emerge out of years of research and reflection.
The original question was about whether Tinderbox’s features could be used for a very specific use case. Namely, how to use Tinderbox to export notes that have been organised according to the three principles mentioned above.
I agree with @PaulWalters that sometimes it is better not to use Tinderbox and just use something else. But I like working in Tinderbox, and only wanted to explore whether a TBX-based note collection could be exported in a way that would numerically maintain the representation of sequences. I am grateful to those who volunteered solutions, be they low-tech or automated.
The question most definitely is not about a particular technique, let alone an arcane numbering scheme. If one is never going to export from TBX, the whole question of ‘addresses’ is redundant. There are other meaningful ways to learn from one’s note collection, whichever side of the egg you prefer. But, if it is acceptable use of the forum to ask questions about exporting notes with an eye to printing on paper or using them in other apps, then some of the ‘old’ techniques might still be informative and helpful to our discussion.
(* I know this one is debated, but I for one have experienced practical and cognitive benefit in utilising both note sequences and links, be it on paper or on a computer.)