A normative namespace encourages or discourages use of specific language and/or sets specific policy. Changing pages in this namespace amounts to proposing policy change. At least one such namespace, a project namespace, is a recognized wiki best practice.
It's necessary to avoid new namespaces except where a clear point of view must be expressed that is different than that of other namespaces. Normative namespace which often define or propose what you must do as a participant, are the most obvious such examples:
- The project namespace, e.g. where policy decisions are made (in eg:itself) or communicated, (in Wikipedia, Wikinfo, Wikitravel, Consumerium and others)
- The verb:namespace where operational distinctions are made between verbs for network protocol, user interface, and organization protocol purposes, with explanations of how the verbs may be interpreted differently at each level
- The term:namespace which isolates questionable, problematic, dogmatic, deprecated or otherwise undesirable terms so that new trolls will recognize not to try to use them
- The position:namespace which limits factional conflict over main namespace and encourages use of issue/position/argument namespace, sometimes also called policy namespace though this converges with project namespace as users attempt to govern reflexively
- The doctrine:namespace to deliberately reframe mindsets and teach heuristics, tactics, strategy and diplomacy that cannot be reduced to strictly operational distinctions