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Posted by Lothar Scholz
Aug 18, 2019 at 10:12 PM


Simon wrote:
> I didn’t get beyond their privacy policy:

Oh myyyy, i love the cloud.
In german cloud rhymes with stealing (in fact it doesnt rhyme, it is exactly the same pronounciation).

How can any company use such a tool?


Posted by Simon
Aug 20, 2019 at 09:35 AM


exatty95 wrote:
After that language was shared here, I
>moved everything into the Private section within Notion.

That may not be enough:

“Any content stored on the Service will be stored indefinitely, unless it is explicitly deleted or unless otherwise set forth in a separate agreement with an Enterprise (as defined below). This process is described under “Termination”.”

https://www.notion.so/Terms-and-Privacy-28ffdd083dc3473e9c2da6ec011b58ac (under 1. Content, last paragraph)

If you have once made the content public, I’m not sure how irrevocable that is other than deleting it from the platform. You’d need to check with notion.

I have an immense dislike of any organisation that sets such a draconian content policy. IMO this indicates their business values and it is not something I would go anywhere near.

It reaffirms an old truth, “always read the small print”!


Posted by xtabber
Sep 3, 2019 at 10:28 PM


Notion just got a very unfavorable review in PC Magazine:



Posted by nathanb
Sep 4, 2019 at 03:43 AM


xtabber wrote:
Notion just got a very unfavorable review in PC Magazine:
> >https://www.pcmag.com/review/370368/notion

I’m really trying not to be a fanboy here but I got a good chuckle out of the summary.

From ‘cons’- “Few options for customizing views or organizing content.”

That tells me right there that the reviewer just doesn’t get it.  That he doesn’t think notion is good at precisely what its core competency is made me stop reading the rest.

If anything, Notion’s ability to mix wiki, database, and outliner (with transclusion!!!) makes it hard to use only because you have endless organization possibilities instead of being forced to organize one way… Notion knows this and that is why they have a ton of templates to make it easier to grok the potential.  The reviewer didn’t seem to like the abundance of those templates either.

I’ve been enjoying most the critiques on this site as there are definitely real cons to notion but this review is like saying Excel is bad at math.  I’m annoyed that this writer gets paid for this and Paul J Miller produces superior content as a side hobby.


Posted by Chris Thompson
Sep 4, 2019 at 01:32 PM


There are definitely some valid criticisms in that review, but many of the points are ridiculous, e.g., the claim that Evernote has more customizable views than Notion.

I think the criticisms of the editor are largely off-base. Notion’s editor is extremely well designed and in my opinion probably the best compromise between Markdown-style and arbitrary formatting-style apps, in the sense that it’s WYSIWYG but also easy to draft documents with actual structure, and easy to add structure later by transforming blocks if you start by just writing down a bunch of quick text-only notes. (I wish the same kind of editor was available as a standalone desktop tool or an Emacs mode, actually.)

It can be hard to figure out how to set it up though, which is the usual Achilles heel of most powerful information managers. I think they’re aware of this and clearly trying to straddle a fine line between user-friendliness and power.

xtabber wrote:
Notion just got a very unfavorable review in PC Magazine:
> >https://www.pcmag.com/review/370368/notion


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