I am an avid learner. I focused on Q&A for language learning in terms of quantity of flashcards. I tried incremental reading several times across my whole Anki 10y experience. There is a huge difference now, I do learn by pleasure, no academic degree, no tests, no deadlines, just following my learn drive. That eventually leads incremental reading.
After a decade of hearing about Supermemo and ignoring it for being proprietary software, I finally give it a change for incremental reading (IR). Recently I have seen trying out SuperMemo 15 freeware version for 10+ hours, watching videos of its capabilities and reading a lot about it. I am convinced, although there are someinherently limitations as being propietary software. I’d use that software for IR if it was open source i.e. free as in freedom.
Today I came across an open source Project called Polar for incremental reading which has a simple Anki synchronization. The bad news is that two weeks ago the development team (I think just 2 guys) decided to go cloud-only, so even if the project is open-source, I cannot use it for my needs.
Personal source of frustration: Semantic learning is getting more cumbersome as the collection grows.
Most of my collection has been Q&A cards generated from electronic sources and then I added mnemonics manually in some cases. For IR i do mostly clozes by copy-paste-adapt from electronic documents and is time consuming to get the metadata in the flashcards which creation I semi-automate.
For the time being I use Firefox to keep track of what I do read, what I am reading, and what I want to read. This limited approach forces to read whole documents before moving to another one for the sake simplicity.
So I read more linearly than I’d like in order to create flashcards on not have a chaos of so many incomplete read documents in parallel since I cannot keep track of the sections I read. So strictly speaking, I do no incremental read that much.
This rises a question if any point in the future there is an opportunity to have incremental reading included in Anki. Managing documents, importing websites, pdf files, extracting text from them to finally create flashcards out of them and have everything linked (that is not the case with Polar connect add-on) so I can track back the source text where the flashcard was created, manage semantic redundancy, etc.
I do strongly believe in the Anki project. I think an external app (and team, community) with different aims, focuses, priorities, convictions, etc won’t materialize a healthily functional IR-fied Anki implementation, at least following the Piotr Wasniak definition of IR.
I think in some years time that idea could be feasible once the backend is fully migrated and all priority stuff has been done.
What are your thoughts?