Values and Principles for Developing Noteland

Below is a list of values and principles I keep in mind when developing Noteland:

  • Last forever: notes you write should be able to live beyond Noteland. Similarly, the service should continue to exist even if I’m the only user because it is so valuable.

  • Refreshingly fast: apps seem slower and less responsive then they did before, the experience should be a breath of fresh air to those that forgot how fast things should be.

  • Easy to maintain: adding new features and maintaining a high bar for reliability should be easy for one engineer to run.

  • Single player first: primary value should be to the note taker, any other values are secondary. For example, publishing is in service of the single-player–helping clarify thoughts and encourage growing one’s knowledge–not to encourage others to make backlinks (although that would be a positive second order effect).