|Come for the quick hacks, stay for the epiphanies.
Well, the monastery has come far from its Everything Engine roots, but linking by name is still a key aspect of the site design. As a matter of fact, I'd like to see its use expanded rather than reduced; I really prefer to say VSarkiss instead of 72267. It's just that a lot of our node names aren't easily linked, not like on Everything2.
Granted, there are cases, such as when writing Site Docs, that id numbers work better, but for widely visible nodes like those on the monkbar, I'd prefer to keep using names.