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Allow a card to be reset to 'unlearned'

I have quite a few cards at grade 2 with 'next repetition' set to about 11+ months ahead. These cards were put in when I first started using Mnemosyne so the delay may be due to incorrect grading, or old algorithms. I'd like to start them again without deleting and reinserting.

I'd also find this feature useful when learning a card v. similar to one previously learnt e.g. sabana (grassland), sábana (sheet). Sábana is not due for recall for 14 months - I'd like to see it coming up at a similar frequency to the new 'sabana' to reinforce the difference.

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  • Scott Youngman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sorry, Lars W, but I don't see how the macro for quick re-tagging of cards relates to this suggestion of resetting cards to unlearned. Could you explain a bit more? Thanks.

  • Scott Youngman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Good point, silverbear. I guess one must weigh the benefit of learning a pair of words as a set, against the intrinsic hint it provides. It depends in part on a person's learning style.

    I'm not strict about SRS myself, but I was anticipating a possible objection from those who are.

  • silverbear commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I take your point Scott, but a few thoughts:
    - The method of creating a double question and answer, includes an intrinsic hint; not sure I want this.
    - Regarding strict SRS: the acquisition of knowledge is not black and white. As you learn, your awareness of a topic shifts. For example, for a particular word you may supply a simple definition to start with, but later, add/change a nuance.

  • Scott Youngman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That's a nice suggestion, Henrik -- to extend the Copy function so that it can achieve the Reset goal as well.

  • Henrik Giæver commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    1) I would also appreciate the possibility to "reset" card a

    2) Is the tech solution to this related to the wish also expressed here to "copy" card a to b, edit and then learn?

    (Solution 2 could be used to achieve "reset": Copy "a" to create "b". (modify if necessary) Then delete "a"..)

  • Scott Youngman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think the need to contrast two very similar items requires a strategy of its own, irrespective of a restart function. Even if you restart the known card (e.g. sábana) to go along with a new card (sabana), the known card will soon be seen less frequently because it will be graded higher.

    Here is a possible strategy: keep the two individual cards, but also make a new one which explicitly pairs the words, perhaps Q: 1. sabana 2. sábana A: 1. grassland 2. sheet. That way the contrast will be maintained without depending on the individual cards appearing close in time.

  • Scott Youngman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Nice idea; the possibility to restart a card could be very useful. Othewise you have to wait a long time until the card comes up for review. Furthermore, a restart button would allow several such cards (perhaps a related group) to be reset at once, without waiting for each to be reviewed individually and on different days.

    Although this option probably violates a strict spaced-repetition (SRS) philosophy, it accommodates the reality of sometimes needing to start over.

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