what is a flat category

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in Policy and Style by Steve Davies G2G6 Mach 5 (53.7k points)
retagged by David Selman

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"Flat" is not an official term, but has been used to describe a category hierarchy that does not contain multiple levels of subcategories.

For instance, Category:Regions is a "deep" hierarchy containing many subcategories, with each subcategory also containing multiple levels of subcategories, etc. You can navigate through multiple levels before reaching a category where we would categorize profiles.

A category structure like you may find an ONS Project is typically flat, where there are very few levels to navigate through.

If you have a specific question on categories, let me know!
by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (572k points)
selected by Traci Thiessen
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by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Dave, searching for 'flat' is not found on that page. Personally, I have never heard that phrase before.
I also have not heard of flat being used in categories. Only being used in online catalogs that automatically update. Just thought I might get a reply from the member asking the question.

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