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US Southern Colonies Categories Team

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US Southern Colonies Project | Categories Page | Profile Improvement Teams | Categories Team

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Team Roles

The Team consists of the Team Leader, Members, and Consultants.

The Team Leader must be a member of the Categorization Project and serves as liaison to that project.

Team Members are encouraged to join the Categorization Project, but it is not a requirement. The Team Leader is available to guide your efforts until you are comfortable working with categories.

Consultants are just that - the Categories Team consults them concerning their area (Team or Group) when a review of categories identifies a problem or a need.[1]

Team Leaders and Project Coordinators are welcome to serve as a Categories Consultant for their team or project, or designate a team or project member. Otherwise, the Team Leader or Project Coordinator will be contacted as needed.

The Team

  • Team Leader Ken Spratlin is getting up to speed on the Categorization Project ~8 Jun 2021
  • Panel of Consultants
ConsultantTeamGroup
Jack DayMarylandColonial Teams
Mary RichardsonCarolinasColonial Teams
Ken SpratlinPre-1700Managed Profiles Teams
Mary RichardsonJamestownColonial Teams

Goal

The work of the Categories Team is to keep the project's categories in good order: error free and appropriately used, with guidance for their use on the category page (or a companion space page, if extensive details are needed). To accomplish this goal, the Categories Team works with its consultants, listed above, and the Categorization Project as needed.

Join Us

Want to join? Yay! Please post a comment to this page, something as simple as "I want to join."

Project Categories

Categories are a fairly complex topic, so no attempt is made to discuss them here.

To learn about the Project's use of categories, start here:

Tasks

To support the Categories Team's goal, tasks include reviewing categories for errors, for content of pages, and for proper use (e.g., no people profiles in top-level categories).

Category Error Review

1. Correct all category errors for project categories - see salmon rows at the [Navigate] link for any category:
[Navigate] for US Southern Colonies Project:
[Navigate] for US Southern Colonies
  • Errors for location categories need to be referred to the appropriate Colonial Team
2. Add an entry for Migration categories to the list above.

Content Review

Just because there is no error on a category page does not mean that it has appropriate information. Pages should
  1. State the purpose of the category and/or what should be categorized under it.
  2. Be an appropriate length (about 1000 characters is a good medium - less than [50 or 75?] will trigger a database error).
  3. Include links to the Project page and the Categories Team.
When a category page has been reviewed by the Categories Team, note the date of the review (either as a parenthetical when the Categories Team is mentioned in text or an italicized notation at the bottom of the page (e.g., ''Text reviewed 12 November 2020 by the [[Space:US Southern Colonies Categories Team|Categories Team]].'' ).
Status: reviews not yet begun ~ Noland-165 20:04, 12 November 2020 (UTC)

Proper Use

1. Category: US Southern Colonies Project
  1. Periodically check for extraneous subcategories and pages.
  2. Periodically check for people profiles. This is a top-level category so there should be none.
    1. People profiles should be moved to Colonists and Colonies subcategories instead.
    2. People profiles outside the scope of the project (i.e. not living in one of the 7 colonies before July 4, 1776) should have the project sticker or box removed.
    3. People profiles for Project Team Members should use [[:Category:: US Southern Colonies Project Members]] instead.
    4. People profiles for WikiTree members who are not Project Team Members should be directed (post a comment on their profile) to the G2G welcome post for information about joining the project. Ask them to remove this top-level category from their profile, and consider the Template: Descendant sticker instead.
2. Category: US Southern Colonists
  1. Periodically check for extraneous subcategories and pages.
  2. Note the category will have people profiles due to the project box not having a colony switch.
  3. Periodically check the number of people profiles against the managed profiles spreadsheet.
    1. People profiles with a project sticker should have a colony switch added.
    2. People profiles with a project box should have a Colonies Colony-level region subcategory or County-/District-level region subcategory added.
    3. People profiles outside the scope of the project (i.e. not living in one of the 7 colonies before July 4, 1776) should have the project sticker or box removed.
    4. People profiles that are not Open should be (post a comment on the profile asking the profile be Open or the project sticker or box removed.
3. Category: US Southern Colonies
  1. Periodically check for extraneous subcategories and pages.
  2. Periodically check for people profiles. This is a top-level category so there should be none.
    1. People profiles should be moved to Colonies subcategories instead.
    2. People profiles outside the scope of the project (i.e. not living in one of the 7 colonies before July 4, 1776) should have the project sticker or box removed.
    3. People profiles for Project Team Members should use [[:Category:: US Southern Colonies Project Members]] instead.
    4. People profiles for WikiTree members who are not Project Team Members should be directed (post a comment on their profile) to the G2G welcome post for information about joining the project. Ask them to remove this top-level category from their profile, and consider the Template: Descendant sticker instead.
4. Category: US Southern Colonies Colony-level subcategories
  1. Periodically check for extraneous subcategories and pages.
  2. Periodically check the people profiles.
    1. People profiles in the Colony-level subcategories should be moved to a County-/District-level region subcategory if research permits.
    2. People profiles outside the scope of the project (i.e. not living in one of the 7 colonies before July 4, 1776) should have the project sticker or box removed.
    3. People profiles for Project Team Members should use [[:Category:: US Southern Colonies Project Members]] instead.
    4. People profiles for WikiTree members who are not Project Team Members should be directed (post a comment on their profile) to the G2G welcome post for information about joining the project. Ask them to remove this top-level category from their profile, and consider the Template: Descendant sticker instead.
5. Spot check the Privacy Tab of Team Pages to see if members are listed; post a comment to the Team if you see a lot who aren't (and if just names, no info in text, remind on that too).
6. You can review all project members' profiles from the badge list.
7. Periodically include info in the monthly Update.

Periodic Status

(9 Jun 2021)

  1. Categories
    1. Numerous project members profiles in Category: US Southern Colonies Project.
    2. 1 profile in Category: US Southern Colonies. Has been contacted.
    3. All out of scope profiles removed from Category: US Southern Colonists.
  2. Managed Profiles
    1. Being reviewed to ensure all have project box, project as profile manager, and PPP if appropriate.
    2. Being reviewed for maintenance categories.
  3. Non-Managed Profiles
    1. EditBot replaced project box with sticker if not managed. 1,923 profiles put into Category: US Southern Colonies Potential to then be reviewed and colony switch added.
    2. 0 of 1,923 remain to have colony switch added.
  4. Need to confirm all of the above when new reports available.

Resources


References & Footnotes

  1. For example, the Categories Team would identify category errors, but correcting the errors may require someone knowledgeable with the subject of the category. Also, if a new category is needed, both the Categories Team and the appropriate Consultant should review the proposed category before it is created to ensure that it follows the guidelines of the Categorization Project and fits in the overall hierarchy of the project's categories (for an overview of the project's categories, click here).






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I ran across this page today:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Elmington_Manor%2C_Gloucester_County%2C_Virginia

We recently added US Southern Colonies Family Studies, do we need a corresponding category for Place Studies? Also, the page is orphaned. Is that ok or should US Southern Colonies Project pick it up?

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I can see adding Place Studies for Towns/Cities but not sure about drilling down to a Manor House. But, if we do, I think other Projects would benefit as well. Ex: Slaves

A quick question about SoCol place studies: How would we keep, say, Savannah, Georgia, just SoCol vs an entire dump for all Savannah, GA residents? Keeping the Profiles under the Parish wouldn't tell the entire story.

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Sandy,

Thanks for the reality check! Probably the Manor House page should be tucked under whatever appropriate Place Study currently exists, rather than US Southern Colonies Project having a place studies subcategory.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Happened to see this. As a dinosaur who remembers "the old days" on WikiTree, you used to find categories by going down the category tree, so it was helpful to have a category as a subcat under all the higher categories possible. Now you mostly look for the right category by pushing a button, so it's more important to have the category name tell you what is about. In this case, if you wanted a category for Savannah, Georgia just in the colonial era, I'd think you'd want to name it something like "Savannah Georgia pre1776"

I create a number of micro-categories for land grants in Maryland because this is an easy and useful way to group together all the people associated with a particular land grant over time, who often turn out to be related. There is no intention to make these subdivisions of the applicable county. I had not thought of them as place studies, but that may be the best way to identify these categories. I say "micro-categories" because there's never an expectation they'd house many more than 25-30 profiles.

posted by Jack Day
How come not under the county? That's where I put the Manor House space page that I found. And... if not under the county, where are they? Under Province of Maryland?
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Woo-hoo! Congratulations on clearing out the Potential category Ken! Is it ok to mark that category for deletion now?
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett