no image

World War I Category Tree Hierarchy

Privacy Level: Public (Green)

Surnames/tags: categorization military_and_war great_war
Profile manager: Maryann Hurt private message [send private message]
This page has been accessed 438 times.

This page is managed by Project: Categorization in collaboration with Project: The Great War 1914-1918 under the auspices of Project: Military and War.



Category Tree Level 5 World War I is a blueprint of the permanent upper-level categories in the World War I category at [to be updated when finalised] 29 January 2016.

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_5:_Military_History
  4. in the box for Surnames and project tags put categorization and military_and_war and great_war

Military History Category Structure

The primary sub groups will be in the format of:

  1. [Country], World War I (roman numeral I, not number 1)
  2. [Status], World War I (status of Killed in Action, Prisoner of War, etc)
  3. Conflicts, World War I (which will list battles, actions, campaigns, etc)
  4. Cemeteries, World War I (listing cemeteries dedicated to World War I)
  5. Items that span all countries, such as Active Duty Military Children, Experiences, Heroes

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.

Top Level Template

This category and all of its subcategories should contain the template, {{Top_Level}} in the upper part of the category page.[2] 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. [3]

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. [4] Those category trees should be maintained to follow the same categorization pattern as the English category tree. [5] 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

  • Does Category: Anzacs, World War I belong in here or under Category: World War I, Australia and Category: World War I, New Zealand? Thompson-14289 00:51, 29 January 2016 (EST)
  • Why do some category names have the name of the conflict (comma) descriptor and some don't, eg, World War I Aviators vs World War I, WIA or World War I, Active Duty Military Children? Thompson-14289 00:51, 29 January 2016 (EST) - categories have been renamed to include the comma McDonald-8171 10:08 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Should this category have a subcategory for World War I POWs?Thompson-14289 00:57, 29 January 2016 (EST) - categories for KIA, MIA, WIA and POW and have been created McDonald-8171 08:59 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Should this category have a subcategory for World War I POW Concentration Camps?Thompson-14289 00:57, 29 January 2016 (EST) - World War I, POW Camps is a subcategory of World War I, POW. Concentration Camps seem to be a WWII Nazi creation. McDonald-8171 08:59 20 February 2016 (EST)
  • Does it need a disambiguation section: ie see World War I Germany for World War I German Army and World War I German Veterans? Thompson-14289 01:01, 29 January 2016 (EST)

Discarded Categories

G2G Discussions

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


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.