The Earl wrote:I disagree that disambiguation pages are a 'no harm' solution.
Second, they add a navigational step.
This makes it one more step to get to the place you are looking. It also adds maintenance for the disambiguation page, and all linking pages. Do you have to update the 'Georgia, United States' article to include a link to 'Georgia, Maine, US' when that page gets added to the disambiguation page? Does 'Georgia, Maine' warrant an entry on the disambiguation page? Would you expect to navigate to 'Georgia, Maine' by going to 'Georgia (disambiguation)'?
The use of disambiguation is well established in Wikipedia, and the FamilySearch wiki should be no different.
I don't see how it adds a navigational step. The disambiguation page is used only when someone searches for an ambiguous title. All links from other articles should go straight to the correct specific article.
For all ambiguous titles, someone has to make the decision of whether a particular usage is dominant. An example of this would be Paris, where the capital of France is so dominant that you should go straight to that article when you search for Paris, but you are told right at the top "This article is about the capital of France. For other uses, see Paris (disambiguation)
." On the other hand, the uses of Georgia are not so lopsided, so a search for Georgia takes you straight to the disambiguation page. At least those are the choices made by Wikipedia; FS wiki may choose differently, but these examples illustrate the point.
Having a disambiguation page does not add maintenance to all linking pages (except at the moment when a disambiguation page is added, and the references on linking pages that are to the ambiguous title need to be changed to link to the same article they once linked to, that now has a more appropriate specific title). With proper naming conventions (the real topic of this thread), this kind of maintenance should be extremely rare.
'Georgia, Maine' would certainly warrant an entry on the disambiguation page. That's the entire point of such a page -- to list every possible ambiguous reference to Georgia so that users can get to the right specific page, even if they are unaware of the correct title of what they are searching for, or even of the existence of the other usages.