Alan_Brown wrote:Except for the question of existing links, the answer to this question (which veers from the topic of the thread) is obvious. You create a disambiguation page. This is precisely the situation for which disambiguation pages were invented. There is absolutely no harm in creating a disambiguation page, since it will be used only by people who simply type in Georgia; as you accurately pointed out, there is no redirection that will work for that ambiguous text, so redirection to either the country or the state is definitely wrong. If someone tries to go to "Georgia (country)" they will go straight to the country; if they try to go to "Georgia, United States", they will go straight to the state. Everyone wins.
The Earl raises a good point that we should have a policy for naming that greatly reduces the likelihood of creating ambiguous titles. I agree with this general statement. But ambiguities may still creep into the wiki, so we have to be able to address them.
So then the only real question is what to do if there are links to an article that has been discovered to be ambiguous. That's a bit tricky. I think they all have to be fixed. This might be a lot of work or only a little bit. Wikipedia has a sidebar link on every article in the toolbox area called "What links here"; this makes it trivial to find all the references and fix them. I don't see that capability in the Family Search Wiki, but if it were added, then nothing would stand in the way of creating the optimal titles for previously ambiguous articles, and fixing all the links to those articles to point to the correct article, without going through a disambiguation page.
I disagree that disambiguation pages are a 'no harm' solution.
First of all, they do not address the page title question at all.
If you are looking for the US state of Georgia, where do you look? You yourself have 3 different places to look. Which is the canonical name for the page on the US state of Georgia? If you go to 'Georgia (state)' is that the US state, or the nation-state?
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)'?
You sort of get to the same conclusion I state in your last paragraph. I think this discussion spends to much time on navigation, which is solved with other solutions, than on canonical names for pages.
And I dislike the parens.
I guess I should have gotten more sleep this weekend