Are there any imminent plans to address this issue? I understand that it’s a neccessity with the current re-writing engine/structure, but I believe it does need to be addressed.
“Pretty URLs” are supposed to be functional (i.e. hackable – in mimicking a folder structure, one should be able to remove a level to navigate to its parent) as well as readable (by both search engines and visitors). Currently, category-based permalinks are neither hackable nor logical.
I vote for the removal of the category base, and new rules prohibiting the ability to assign posts, pages and categories duplicate names (or at least slugs). Many people are using WordPress as a CMS these days and in my eyes this is one of the few obstacles presented.
I know there is a plugin, but it’s a hack that’s buggy at best and even worse with 2.2.
I love WP and appreciate the massive amount of hard work you guys put in, I just think it would be a shame to lose potential users over this.