Please feel free to construe this question broadly--I don't see why the question would not apply to branches of biology other than mycology.
If the goal of taxonomy is to create classification of fungi that reflect evolutionary relationships, and if this results in a more or less unmanageable proliferation of names, might it not be a good idea to use a numeric or alpha-numeric system instead of a verbal one? One author estimates there may be as many as 5 million species of fungi (and it may take 1000 years to catalog them). If we did manage to note them all would the result really be useable? The ease of storage and retrieval alone would seem to commend a numerical approach.
I assume someone has thought of this before and I guess viral taxonomy does this to some extent. Are there any proposals like this afoot?
Thanks for any insights.