In it's simplest form, genealogy is the study of familial connections. It has nothing to do with the history of any individual, no matter what their accomplishments were/are.
Yet the majority of genealogists include those accomplishments, particularly the ones the historian finds personally interesting. Here on WikiTree the accomplishments are noted either in the biography section, as categories, or in both.
For the purpose of this conversation, we are asked if certain categories are "necessary", with the oft repeated statement that the unwanted categories are "not genealogy". Yet other categories are completely acceptable, even though by definition they are "not genealogy" either.
Dwight Eisenhower was a President of the United States, and is included in that and related categories. Being President is "not genealogy". It was a great accomplishment, but it had nothing to do with who he was related to, which "is genealogy". Being a recipient of The Order of the Queen of Sheba award is "not genealogy", and seemingly unpopular, so the category appears to be on the chopping block. So why isn't the Presidential category on the block as well?
Popularity. Not "genealogy".
I find this a slippery slope. WikiTree is supposed to be collaborative, not subject to the whims of popularity contests. The guidelines and rules should be applied equally, for categories this should mean that either we allow them et al, or we don't et al. WikiTree guidelines currently allow members to create categories as needed or desired, and the category project has the (unenviable) task of managing the structure and hierarchy of the category tree. Without a reason better than certain members disliking them I would hate to see arbitrary changes to these guidelines.
Have we gone overboard with categories?
Who gets to decide? WikiTree members as a whole, or certain more vocal members?
Based on what criteria? Usefulness? Popularity? Appearance? Who votes or gets to be heard on each of these?
Most importantly to me, is this a debate we even need to have? Why? "If it ain't broke . . ."