I'm having an issue where one of the spaces is dedicated to coming up with project ideas and every project page would have a sub page about funding plan. If I want every page to have a funding plan, is there some way to override confluences' requirement of no duplicate page names within a space?
Not that I know of, but there's at least one practical reason I can think of why it's generally good not to have multiple pages with the same name - search. If it was allowed and one typed in 'funding plan' in the search box, and the user received multiple hits, which one would they click. Any way why you wouldn't want to add the project idea name after the prefix 'Funding Plan-' or some other standard naming convention you choose to adopt?
I'll also be interested if there are other answers to your question.
Templates for project development are a standard. The fact that this product does not allow any page to have the same name means you can't properly structure a document archive. Its a childish mannerism and a mind of a micro-manager who most likely implemented this. This product fails so badly in document retention structure that I will never recommend it. Give you an idea.. We have a standard deployment documentation process in which we need to follow. Following a standard makes it easy for everyone to be in sync and on the same page.
DeploymentDocument > Product > Year > Document (unique name based on a template)
This simple efficient organization structure is taught in many different ways through out every persons schooling starting in Primary school. Having to add additional characters to make every link unique is a waste of time and money and an impact to work flows, which to many people these days don't even know what an efficient work flow actually is.
The Confluence Wiki has its uses, but being used as a document repository it is not and any Atlassian sales person who pushes it for use as a large document repository is a liar, a cheat and a theif for stealing peoples Time, money, and work flows!
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