Question for the @Narrative Network Team: there is a niche up for approval with quotes in the name (""):
A couple of us (including me) have down-voted it out of caution because of the quotes. I'm concerned this will mess with the search function.
Trying to put on a programmer's hat here, although it is possible to code around the inclusion of non-alphanumeric characters, having to do so multiplies the risk of unforeseen cases and glitches, as well as being extra work that is not strictly necessary.
It might be easier and more efficient in the long run to not allow certain characters to be entered into the niche name suggestion field. Following this train of thought, which non-alphanumeric characters would ever be useful? My intuition tells me we can do without them all for niche names, and if any should be allowed, it might be ! and ?... As a rule, forcing people to use actual words is a disambiguating tactic.
Do we want people using @symbols, & symbols? Any layer of codification beyond simple words creates more opportunity for ambiguity. & means 'and' except when it doesn't, like in WTF!$&!? Are we confident the 'similar niche name' matching engine will know how to deal with these correctly every time?
If I'm overthinking this, and you feel it is super easy to make these characters a complete non issue for searches (by ignoring them completely or treating them as blank spaces), then great! But I always have the sneaking suspicion that it invites the potential for glitches no matter how confident we might feel about it.
Then there is the question of whether non-alphanumeric characters are wanted, aesthetically? Thinking about what a list of niches (something people will probably look at fairly often on Narrative) actually looks like, without special characters on the one hand, and potentially rife with them on the other. To me, the first is clean, the second messy.