Should I add migration categories myself?

+10 votes
I've been trying to put every migrant I come across into a level five migration category. Often it doesn't exist so I use the category request form and Natalie does it (thanks!)

Is this something I'm allowed to do myself so as not to have to bother Natalie all the time? I understand how the five-stage structure works since the page explaining it is well written.

I looked on the Categorization Project application page but it doesn't mention Migration categories under any of the groups, not sure if I can/should join the project in order to do this.
in Policy and Style by Matt McNabb G2G6 Mach 2 (22.9k points)

Hi Matt, you don't have to be in the Cat project to create categories. Migration ones are TRICKY, and I don't know if you've ever seen Steve Harris' handy dandy migration tool. It even lets you press a button to see the CIB you can add. All you have to do is copy it.

Just enter the country and the proper admin entity in the boxes and click submit.

I entered Ireland, County Down and New Zealand, Otago and  VOILA, I see the category should be [[Category:Migrants from County Down to Otago]] and then I click the CategoryInfoBox Migration button and it displays {{CategoryInfoBox Migration

|fromCountry= Ireland

|fromEntity= County Down

|toCountry= New Zealand

|toEntity= Otago


for me to copy/paste into the new category page.

2 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer

Short answer - yes! You can create them!

The Category Request Form is available as a tool to those who need help with creating categories because they are uncertain of how to set them up correctly, or maybe they are requesting a new category that does not fit anywhere within existing categories (new structure perhaps).

On the request form, it says that:

Note that you can create the category yourself if you know how to do it and it fits within an existing hierarchy and uses an agreed-upon naming scheme.

by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (587k points)
selected by Matt McNabb
+4 votes
I think with pretty much any category, it's just "do it yourself if you think you know how" and "you'll get told if you're doing it wrong".

There might be some tricky bits with the punctuation or any infoboxes in the category page itself. But unless you go on a tear and create a thousand brand new migration categories at once, you're probably good to go.
by Brad Foley G2G6 Mach 5 (56.8k points)

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