Category: Family Brick Walls - naming of categories

+4 votes
I wish to make a suggestion regarding Family Brick Wall Categories.  There are categories such as Ellis Family Brick Walls, Williamson Family Brick walls and so on.  Then we get to Wales Family Brick Walls and Ireland Family Brick Walls.  There needs to be a clear distinction between [Family Name] Family Brick Walls and [Place Name] Family Brick Walls.  This is because, for example, England, Ireland, Wales and Poland are both family names and place names.  That leaves a puzzle for an individual named Mr Ireland who is from Wales.    I suggest using [Family Name] Family Brick Walls and [Place Name], Family Brick Walls.  Can you think of a better scheme?
asked in Policy and Style by Anonymous Cowan G2G6 (8.2k points)
retagged by Steven Harris

1 Answer

+1 vote

Any categories that use a location and theme should be in Location, Theme form. This is already the policy - it just may not have been implemented throughout the entire category tree yet.

So Ireland, Family Brick Walls (family bricks walls in Ireland) vs Ellis Family Brick Walls (family brick walls for the surname Ellis).

Also, as a general note - I am not sure on your use of the brackets - but brackets should not be used in category names and will cause errors. I am not sure if you were using them to make the parts of the category name stand out, but I wanted to be sure that was covered for anyone else running across this discussion.

answered by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
The brackets were used in my question to indicate that [Family Name] means "place the family name here" and it was not intended to be part of the category name.

There is a convention to contain variables that goes something like this, which perhaps we could adopt for clarity:

<family name> Family Brick Wall

The variable is all lower case and in italics....  if that helps

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