How to create a new place name category

+2 votes
I've been asked to removed the top level place name category of "Sussex" from this profile:, which I have done.

I have tried several times to create a new place name category for Littlehampton, Sussex, by trying to follow the instructions on:

... without success. I made a sufficient number of attempts that it appears that the system won't even let me try anymore.

Could someone help, please?

Many thanks in advance,

in Policy and Style by Alison Kilpatrick G2G5 (5.6k points)

2 Answers

+4 votes
I think I set it up correctly.  Helby-3 should now be under Littlehampton, Sussex.
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (430k points)
edited by Michelle Enke
Thank you very much, Michelle.

I must be missing something in the procedure to set a new place name, and need to learn it ... as I have others that will need setting up.

cheers, Alison
I have found it is easiest to look at other profiles with categories.  I open their edit page and copy the code.  I then insert it in the edit page of the new person and change the information.  

You place categories to the top of the new person's profile, above Biography.  When you hit save you will get a red error message saying "Warning: Check the data" at the top.  Click on the save anyway on the right side of the warning.  The change should now be saved.

Open the person's public profile.  You should see a red hyperlink in the person's profile with the new category.  Click on it and then you will see a 'preview' page for the category.  In the edit box, you will need to enter the code for the larger category and then save it to complete the process.  You can find similar code from the edit page of other categories.  For example, when I clicked on the red hyperlink for Littlehampton, it took me to a preview page with a red warning saying this page is only a preview and has not been saved.

Littlehampton is a sub category of Sussex, so I went to the Sussex category page, and found a Sussex Places category.  I click this and then saw this is where it should be located.  I selected a town, opened its profile, and clicked on the edit link at the top right of the page.  I then copied the line of code that said [[Category: Sussex, Places]].  

I then go back to the open profile for Littlehampton and paste the code into the edit box.  Then click save page.  The category should work now.  There should be a link from the person's profile to the category, a link on the category page to the person, and a link on the category page to the larger category.

I know this all sounds confusing.  Remember you can always look at any profile using the edit link to see how something works.
Just what I told her - with screenshots.
+3 votes
Alison - may I suggest you take a look at this page? It's a how-to of creating categories - with screenshots!  It's part of the Orphan Trail of the England Project.  Feel free to have a wander through the pages and see if you would like to join.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
Thanks, Ros. I'll give it a peek, and let you know. cheers, Alison
No luck, I'm afraid, and I've followed the instructions to the letter.

In this instance, I am trying to add "Rampisham, Dorset" to

Very odd.
Sorry, but...yep, just did it.

Thank you, Ros.

I wish I knew why I have not been able to make this happen myself. frown

Is it a browser issue, I wonder??

--> Will miracles never cease? as I finally figured it out. blush

Time for break, methinks, out to the garden.

Thank you everyone for your help.

cheers, Alison

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