On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM, <thorsopia(a)lavabit.com> wrote:
How does MediaWiki handle "duplicates"?
For example, there are two programmers and they have identical names
(e.g. John Doe). I'd like to know how this will be represented in URIs
and stored in a database.
Page titles are unique within each MediaWiki instance -- you can only have
one page titled 'John Doe' in the article namespace.
In "encyclopedia-style" projects like Wikipedia, it's common to use
parenthetical disambiguations in the titles -- such as "John Doe (American
programmer)" and "John Doe (British programmer)", and to then take the
name and either make it point to both or redirect it to one and add a note
that you might be looking for the other.
for details on
how this is done on English-language Wikipedia.