Enhancements to categories

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I'm finding the category pages very useful for grouping profiles of people who share something in common -- in this case property ownership, which can tie generations together and sort out one family from another.  In this case, the category is a piece of property which various related people have owned and passed on through wills and marriage.

So categories are already great.  However, when next you're tinkering with the underlying code, I would suggest two enhancements that would make categories even more useful:

1.  First, make it easy to import images to the category's narrative.  When writing up this piece of property, it would be helpful to show a map of its location, and pictures of historic dwelling places on it.

2.  Allow designation of a manager for the category.  This is not so much to claim ownership -- which obviously is against the Wikitree ethos -- but to provide a contact link for someone who finds the category useful and wants to consult with the person who put it together.  

It would be lovely if it became possible to revise a category's name after it's been in use, but that might be impossible.  I"m about to change a category "Battersea" to "Battersea Plantation, Maryland,"  and will have to change each profile by hand, creating a new category to replace the old.  Perhaps if there were a re-direct mechanism so that all the profiles currently labeled "Categories: Battersea" would redirect to "Categories: Battersea Plantation, Maryland" that would save some effort.  But that woudl be frosting on the cake!

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in WikiTree Tech by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

1 Answer

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Jack,

All good points.  It is possible to include photos on a category page.  

Here is an example.

Category: Baxter Neff Cemetery, Colchester, New York  the photo must first be uploaded to a profile page, it can be at a free space profile or regular profile one.

For complex material and lots of photos one option is to use a Free Space with a category page.  This gives you the option of remaining the manager on the Free Space and a few more choices on the format.

Here is an example using a combination of Free Space and Category pages

Category: Nathan Baxter and Anna Dodge Family Reunions

PS - you might consider joining the Categorization Project -

by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
edited by Philip Smith

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