How to Join
- Project Leaders: Natalie Trott and Isabelle Martin
- Coordinators: Doug McCallum (Category Maintenance Coordinator) • Margaret Haining (Membership Coordinator)
- Team Leaders: Amy Gilpin
- Answer our G2G welcome post to join the Categorization project and get a badge.
- Add Categorization to your followed tags.
- We use Google Groups for communication.
- After answering our g2g post and joining our Google group and one of our teams, you will be awarded with the Categorization project badge by one of the leaders.
- The only requirements for membership in the Categorization Project are that you join a team and work with your Team Leader, and that you respond to the six monthly check-in from the Project Leaders (or Volunteer Coordinators). We recognize that people lead busy lives and are grateful for any and all contributions you make towards the project's goals.
- Look at our To-Do section to see what discussions are currently happening, what categories can use your help being moved or built, and other areas in which you can help. Maintenance Categories always need work.
For a full list of all project members, see the badge report.
The Categorization Project is a functional project that exists to bring together WikiTreers who want to help manage the category hierarchy and encourage the use of categorization through teams that are aligned with the project's goals:
- Category maintenance:
- Category planning, oversight and collaboration:
- Facilitating category oversight and collaboration between Projects and interested Wikitree users; and
- Ensuring that the whole category structure from top to bottom is coherent, easily accessible, and that guidelines are published, documented, updated and accessible.
Categorization Help Links
- If you're not sure what categories are or why to use them, see Help:Categorization.
- It is very important — and often very difficult! — to follow the naming conventions that have been established by the community. Help:Category Names provides a style guide on naming conventions for categories, as well as the procedures for developing and publishing category name rules.
- Help:Category Creation and Removal contains instructions on how to create, rename, merge and remove categories.
- To learn how to create your own personal category structure, see Help:Personal_Categories.
- For an informative series of lessons on categories and the use of our category hierarchy, see the Category School Page, run by our resident expert and Project Leader, Natalie Trott.
- If you would like to use a category but can't find it by searching or browsing use the "Request a New Category" form to contact the members of the Categorization Project about it.
Other Useful Pages and Links
- Category:Categories: Top-level categories.
- Location Fields: Style guide on naming locations, including basic principles that apply to geographic categories.
- Personal Categories
- Most Linked Categories
- Maintenance Categories: There are multiple subcategories here for categories.
- DBE Categories Suggestions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Should project and category pages adhere to style guidelines? Yes! Advanced styling is troublesome for all the reasons listed at Help:HTML and Inline CSS. If it's allowed on categories and high-level projects, people will assume that it's OK or even proper. Then it will end up on lots of categories and project pages. The basic style rule on HTML and inline CSS is: It's not recommended unless it's specifically recommended. For a quick reference on which tags are recommended, see Help:Recommended Tags.
- Should there be content on Category pages? Yes; however, the only content that should be on the category page is a brief description (no more than a paragraph or two) on the intent and purpose of the category. For example, if a category groups people buried in a particular cemetery, you would add a brief description of the cemetery, such as where it is located, to the category page. Any other general information about the cemetery, including the history, detailed cemetery information and notable interments, should go on a free-space profile and the category page should link to it.
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