The Gestalt's Garden

Use tabs to be part of the TaskPaper community

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#taskpaper-vim #convention-over-configuration #myth-solitary-genius #myth-collaborative-genius

There is one thing about TaskPaper that I don’t like: using tabs (instead of spaces) to indent tasks, projects and notes.

In my opinion, I think it is more efficient and causes less problems to use spaces. So, one of the first things I did in my TaskPaper plug-in for Vim was to remove tabs to use spaces instead.


It may seem like a minor, almost inconsequential change, but it has a very important consequence. The convention of the TaskPaper community is to use tabs. To use spaces is to break that convention and stop belonging to the community: to start from scratch.

In other words, the solitary genius would use spaces in this situation. Instead, the collaborative genius would use tabs and look for more useful gaps to fill with his work.

So, the next thing I’m going to do is revert my plug-in to be based on tabs and not spaces :-)

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