Imagine a flashcard on the table. You pick it up. Hold it in your hand. You call it a

Imagine a flashcard on the table. You pick it up. Hold it in your hand. You call it a flashcard. A card.

Then, you write a note on one side of the card, and another note on the other side.

So, why does Anki reverse this terminology?

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Hmm. I remember when I first started using Anki, more than five years ago now, I did find the concept of notes confusing. But it didn’t take long to get to grips with it.

Do you have a suggested improvement?

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flip the terminology

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In my opinion, the current terminology is appropriate: an individually structured note is created from which one or more cards are generated.

Absolutely no need to change something people easily can get familiar with.

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well, you could easily get familiar with calling pizza, zompo. but why.

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It’s too late now. Flipping the terminology will only confuse existing users.

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The logic is as follows: you learn some new material in a lecture and make some notes. Later, you turn those notes into one or more cards to study. Anki automates the note->card creation, provided you structure your material appropriately.

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Imagine a notebook on the table.
Inside the notebook are notes.
The notes are a collection of information I want to learn.

Therefore I will use the notes which contain the information I want to learn, to make one or more cards.

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I write a question on one side and the answer on the other side. It’s the same in Anki. Cards in Anki have two sides just like a physical flashcard.

When it comes to “notes”, I see what you mean, but I can’t think of a better name for it.

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I also find the term “Note” a little bit counterintuitive, but I can’t think of anything better. On the other hand, as Abdo said, I think it’s too late to change the terminology.

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The thing is you are using a computer.

You write a note manually and multiple flashcards are generated, each of them with front and back. The terminology is flipped because the “process” is also flipped.

A card has two sides, yes, but one note may have multiple cards. In anki, It doesn’t make sense to say that a card has two notes, because you can’t even modify them, you can just modify the note that generates the cards.

Nevertheless, It’s true that note could be called info or material or something different to make it less confusing.

The terminology you say is only valid for simple front-back cards, but if you have multiple cards…

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a click bait…

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I also found it confusing when starting… Cards, Notes, Card Types, Note Types… It took me a while to get it, but it’s part of the Anki experience :wink: