It's just that when I see a big template i think it's horrible. Normally when it's a small discography I leave the names...however when it's bigger i usually use the numbers. We used that on wikitheppn. But if people dont want... it's fine with me. It's just a matter of esthetics.
For example: I prefer this over this. The second one is just awful... I have a technique about the problem you said. I put the mouse over the number and the computer shows the link. But of course, probably there are people who don't know this.