The big question about URL construction, based on the articles linked to in the previous post, seems to be this:
Should URLs convey meaning in and of themselves?
Everyone agrees that they should be short, human readable, and permanent. (Although very few make that hat trick.)
However, the content-neutral approach seems to be at odds with user behavior in decifering URLs to guess page location, primarily by going to the directory level.
Users should win that debate, shouldn’t they?