I am simply attempting to create a new web application with a site collection that follows the Explicit inclusion (root) convention. No matter which Managed Paths mapping I select the Site Collection defaults to the Wildcard inclusion ("/SitePages/").
What am I doing wrong? I deleted the web application and associated content database. I then recreated the web application and site collection and set the Managed path to Explicit inclusion (root). I would like the URL to resemble the following: "http://contoso/default.aspx".