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Military History Category Tree Hierarchy

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This space is managed by Project: Categorization in collaboration with Project: Military and War.



Category Tree Level 3: Military History is a blueprint of the permanent upper-level categories in the Military History category at Category:Military_History.

Categories in this list should not be moved from their top-level position in the category tree, unless by consensus through the project and/or G2G discussions. No new categories should be created or moved into this category without discussion consensus.

How To Start a G2G Discussion

G2G discussions about changes to this top-level category can be started from this page by following these steps:

  1. Start a G2G discussion with this link
  2. in the box for category select "Policy and Style"
  3. in the box for WikiTree ID/URL put Space:Category_Tree_Level_3:_Military_History
  4. in the box for Surnames and project tags put categorization and military_and_war

Military History Category Structure

The primary sub categories will be in the format of

  1. [Country] Military History
  2. Wars (this category then has sub categories by timeframe, then listed by individual conflicts)
  3. Groups/orders that span multiple countries, such as Civilians in War, Knights Templar, Privateers.

The following outline is current as of 3/16/2017. The actual category will be reviewed periodically and this outline will be updated.

Depracation in Progress

Alternative Pathways

Category Style

A top-level category should follow the style guidelines, so avoid using CSS and other non-wiki code.[1]

Do not use level 1 headers (=Heading=) for text in category pages. Level 1 headers convert to <h1> tags and there should only be one h1 tag on any page. The page heading Category: Military History uses the h1 tag.[2]

Top Level Template

All upper-level categories should contain the template, {{Top_Level}} in the upper part of the category page.[3] This template displays the folloowing box:

This is a high level category. Please do not add individual profiles. Add profiles to the narrowest category possible. See How to Categorize.

This means that upper-level categories should primarily be for grouping together the related lower subcategories, and should NOT contain any person profiles. Instead, those person profiles should only be categorized at a lower, narrower level. [4]

In some cases some free-space pages might only be best categorized at the top level (For example, this page).

Category Definitions

Each category should have a small bit of definition, appropriate links, and/or a template to describe what it is for or to direct viewers to related alternative categories. But the amount of description, graphics, etc. should be limited within reason, so as not to detract from its main purpose as a category listing of related narrower sub-categories.

If much more lengthy detail is desired (such as the history of a place), then create a free-space page on the topic instead, and categorize it!

Subcategory Disambiguation Section

A section may be needed to explain what subcategories contain. For example:

Other Languages

Parallel or mirrored category trees are to be developed in other major languages. [5] Those category trees should be maintained to follow the same categorization pattern as the English category tree. [6] Each other language tree does not need to be as complete as the English tree, but where other language categories exist, they should be sub-categorized the same as the English tree, whenever possible. Differences between the language category trees should be resolved through discussion as needed.

Hierarchy Development Notes

  • Should the category name be Country Name Military History or Country (adjective) Military History, eg, Ireland Military History or Irish Military History? Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - merged Ireland Military History into Irish Military History McDonald-8171 10:30 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Category: Military Disasters is currently under Categories: World History | Worldwide Disasters Project | Disasters, should it be under the category instead of World History? Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST)
  • Category: Wars 1000-1499 etc are these necessary in this category considering Category: Wars is already a subcategory? Should this subcategory be added to the category's disambiguation section? Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - Wars <time period> have been moved from Military History to be sub-categories of Category:Wars McDonald-8171 08:42 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Is this the appropriate place for Category: Privateers, or should there be a category for Maritime Military History? Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - Privateers is here, as well as under Category:Maritime. by definition, they are not military, but operated during wartime, primarily against enemy civilian vessels, and often sought after and engaged by the military vessels. Creating a Maritime Military History implies there should also be a Land Military History and Aerial Military History, which are not being considered as necessary. McDonald-8171 10:30 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Category: Killed in Action has a note, "Please use: Category: KIA" which is a subcategory of Category: Roll of Honor. This category needs to be replaced if this is the appropriate place for it?Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - Category has been removed, all profiles moved to correct structure McDonald-8171 08:23 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Should Category: Knights Templar be under Category: European Military History?Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST)
  • Category: World War II Spies needs to be renamed as not following category names general rules (title case caps), but renamed to what? Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - removed, only a single person from WWI, there are other World War II, <country> Spies category, her profile moved to there. if male/female breakdown needed at later date, can recreate with correct formatMcDonald-8171 10:19 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • needs to be renamed as not following category names general rules; Thompson-14289 00:36, 29 January 2016 (EST) - Category has been renamed to Category:Civilians in War, sub-categories linked to new name McDonald-8171 08:28 20 February 2016 (EST)

Discarded Categories

G2G Discussions

  1. Should project and category pages adhere to style guidelines? November 16, 2015
  2. What is the style rule on HTML and inline CSS? comment 6 December 2014 by Chris Whitten
  3. Have you seen the new template for high level categories? May 7, 2015
  4. Tiptoe-ing ..."might be a good or bad idea to re-think the prohibition on adding people to higher level categories." Jun 24, 2015
  5. Understanding Italian Place Categories - language mirroring and parallel hierarchies Sep 15, 2015
  6. Should the multi-language Category:Categories really be categorized to Category Help? November 17, 2015

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