Aleš Trtnik recently created a post in our Categorization project google group, in which he proposed moving toward a standard naming convention for categories that use both a location and a theme. Example: [[Category:Avery County, North Carolina, Cemeteries]]. Some hierarchies use the theme first, then location. Example:[[Category:Slavery, North Carolina]]. There are also categories without commas, as in Example: [[Category:North Carolina Governors]].
We propose that categories using both a location and a theme to be consistently named using the “Location, Theme” (with comma) pattern. Yes, we have reasons; as follows:
1. It establishes consistency across project and non-project categories.
2. It enables automated assistance in monitoring and maintaining the integrity and consistency of the category tree.
3. It enables automated processes to replicate some information or to add/change something within a certain category group. ( i.e. Aleš could automatically replicate a map or a flag image from the Texas location category to all other Texas categories, if it was a desired thing.)
4. It simplifies error suggestion checking. Even minor variations in category names lead to duplicate categories that destroy grouping ability, and error suggestions help us avoid these issues. See: DBE Category Error 8018, examples such as [[Category:Indonesia, Disasters]] and [[Category:Indonesia Disasters]].
This concerns mostly higher-level categories, but there will be some impact on landing-level categories. (The categories where profiles nest.)
A word to projects: if this is approved, it would mean renaming some levels in hierarchies, which would be done via coordination with Aleš. It would be done slowly, and may take up to a year to complete.
Note: This does not apply to all categories across WikiTree, but only to those using a location and a theme in the name.
Please discuss below by upvoting Yes, No, or Maybe, and please state any concerns you have in a comment below the answer you chose. I will close the question after one week, on 11 Sep 2018.
Thank you for you input.
Natalie, Categorization Project Leader