ClickUp just came out with their latest 2.66 release with the ability to Link to a Text Block. Notion also has had this. Both are very similar, I would call “primitive” and although useful in concept, not useful in practice IMO. Among other issues in each case you only can past a raw link to the Block in question. However, the part about this I do like is that you can place the link to that block anywhere you like. Roam does have the ability to reference a “block” anywhere you’d like with actually showing the block of text, unlike ClickUp and Notion, which only display a link to the block, so you get no context without clicking.
Fibery has a superior solution already with Link to Entity. Superior because you can highlight any text you want, and relevantly, across multiple blocks, and then link it to any other Entity, with the link back to the source. Fantastic! However, I really miss the ability to manipulate this reference to where I need it to be.
To expand on this, right now when Linking to Entity, that link winds up in the “References” section. I think that’s great on the one hand as I like see it in with other references. However, I am finding many times daily where I’d like to refer to certain text across Fibery directly in a Comment or Rich Text area right where I’m writing, like you can do in Notion/ClickUp/Roam. So I’d like to propose an addition to the “Link to Entity” feature that would allow this. Perhaps call this “quote”?
I would propose this would be another addition to the menu that pops up when you highlight text currently. We have the more recent addition here of “Link To Entity” already, so perhaps one more would come in called “Quote Text” or something like that. If this could then copy the text in question to the clipboard, and then when pasting, unfurl copy, surrounded by quotes but looking like “Linked to Entity” blocks, you’d achieve this. You get benefit over Notion and ClickUp of:
- you can see the actual quoted text, not just a link to it
- Like with Link to Entity, you’d also see the entity where this text lives
- If we get the “arrow” feature that would allow clicking back to that Entity, you can see even deeper context
Perhaps there’s an even simpler way to do this, I trust you guys will know best. Let me summarize by simply saying that the bottom line is to be able to do the same thing you can do now with Link To Entity, but simply place that reference wherever you want in a Rich Text field or Comment.
And I also wanted to refer back to @Oshyan pointing out of the very well executed “quote” function here in Discourse. This would be, I believe, Fibery pulling in some of that great functionality.
Thanks and hope this request is something you guys will support!