The use of WikiWords is interesting because it constrains the namespace available: There are less ways of writing a pagename if you need to use WikiWords (no whitespace, no punctuation, use two or three words) – it’s a combination of technical limitations and aesthetics at work.
It helps in AccidentalLinking, if you believe in it.
[fr] voir PageForcéeEspaceNom
Alex: Do you mean:
I don’t understand what this page is meaning to say.
When you say: “less ways of writing a pagename”- do you mean:
There are two aspects. One of them is AccidentalLinking. Do we write “Constrained Name Space”, “Constrained Namespace”, “constrained namespace”, “smaller namespace” or what? The way we form WikiWords pushes all of us towards constrained NameSpace, so our chances of accidentally linking to a page somebody else has written about the subject we were thinking of are higher.
The other, more important idea is that these weirdo names we are forced to pick in order to create a WikiWord make us think. Ward wanted to say that we think about the right name even harder when we have sister sites – because beyond linking to local pages, we might also be interested in linking to remote pages on sister sites.
The thinking we do when picking a name is important. It is initiated by the weird WikiWord technology of wikis, but in the end it means: Pick short combinations of short words, that can in fact stand in for your ideas on other pages. This is the way we build our LinkLanguage.