When I first started using Evernote, I believed the hype about you just being able to store everything. You can, but now I have a huge mess in which I can't find things.
My intention was to use it to keep track of admin commands on my computers. But a lot of this was on complex stuff where I was making a lot of mistakes. So, while my notes are comprehensive they are also big , numerous (327) and full of junk. The problem I find is that Evernote searches are not particularly good at showing you context.
If I search for "git" for example, I only get the header of a note that matches. Not the location of where "git" is found. So I can't quickly zero in on the notes that might be of interest.
OK, my bad. I'd like to start over.
What I want to do instead is to have 1 notebook per subject and only keep track of known-to-be-good commands and settings as a personal documentation. I'll keep the unstructured admin logs and other random junk out of Evernote and use tags as well to classify stuff.
delete all current Notebooks and Notes. Drastic, but right now I'm really not using Evernote anymore.
tag all current Notes as obsolete and exclude them from searches most of the time. Filter on tag: not obsolete, or whatever form that takes. Gradually copy in the ones that are actually clean and useful.
(Q: how do I mass tag all/multiple notes anyway?)
backup/export all notes. delete all notes. reimport the useful ones somehow, later.
create a new user (I am on free plan right now). Find a way to cut & paste good notes from my old user as I go. Possibly via logging in on old account in web client and pasting into new account on desktop app.
What I am NOT considering: cleaning up my notes individually.
Anyone been there and done that?
FWIW, I have shifted a lot of this note-taking to Fogbugz, which I use a a bug tracker, and Pinboard, which I use to bookmark web pages. Both allow pretty good web-based searching and tagging. But a clean Evernote repo would be a great complement to them.