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Colon in Category Name

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Surnames/tags: Categorization DB_Error_8004
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Description of Error - 8004: Colon in Category Name

Category Name contains a colon (:).

Content of info column: N/A

Possible Causes

Special characters, including the additional use of the colon (:) are not allowed in category names. The only colon in the category name should come after the Category namespace word, Category.

The incorrect format is:


The correct format will contain either a space ( ), comma (,), hyphen (-) or other allowed separator.

Action Steps

To fix this error, the page must be renamed.

  1. If the correct page name already exists, add {{Rename Category|Correct Category Name}} to the category page;
  2. If the correct page name does not already exist:
    • Copy all content from the page;
    • Replace the content with {{Rename Category|Correct Category Name}};
    • After you save, click on the red [[Category Link]] on the page and paste all information that was copied from the previous page.

Notes: If there are a series of these added by the same user or by a project, contact them to agree on what to use as a replacement character or separator. Check the [change history] link in the bottom right of the category to see who added the category.

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Technical Stuff

All categories are checked for colon (:) in the category name.

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