Naming conventions on wikis
Here's just a curious thing I noticed on the internet that got me thinking a wee bit.
Browsing the Emacs Wiki today, I went to a page about buffer (aka file) switching, like this one: ListBuffers
At the bottom I noticed a link that I had seen in the corner of my eye on another page, too -- it's CategoryBufferSwitching.
On Wikipedia, the naming convention is a bit different, but the effect the same, see Category:Algebraic_structures.
The Emacs Wiki's naming convention is very, very bare bones. No spaces in page names, no special characters, only CamelCaseWords and that's it.
Still, they found a way to distinguish content pages from meta pages, aka "Category" pages.
The simplicity strikes me as very, very similar to what we get from a plain text Zettelkasten once we embrace its low-tech-ness. Sascha uses
Ü2 in note names to denote structure Zettel; I experimented with special character combos like
§o for overviews, etc.
But it boils down to convention over everything else. You pick a naming scheme, and it just works, because you don't need a tool to do something clever. You just agree with the community of collaborators on a wiki to adhere to a convention and help everyone make sense of stuff. (With the Zettelkasten, you're in a team of 1.)
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