Commons talk:Categories


Category names with no latin charactersEdit

Hello,
I know that :
Category names should generally be in English. However, there are exceptions such as some proper names, biological taxa and names for which the non-English name is most commonly used in the English language.
But there are some categories with no latin characters. Arabic or chinese characters for example. Here is an example : Category:مدیریت. Are they allowed ? I think that it is a bad idea because it is impossible to understand what they mean. It is also impossible to copy these category names to an european text editor.
I know also that :
Files can be uploaded with names in any language in any script (coded as UTF-8) .
But what about categories ?
I precise that I am not a English language native speaker. I learnt English language which is in fact the universal language. But with arabic or chinese characters it is impossible to know what they gather. --Civa (talk) 22:57, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

@Civa: Such category names should indeed be translated or latinised. The best solution for the specific category is to nominate its members for deletion (they are out of scope) and subsequently get rid of the then-empty category itself as well (which is what I'm about to do now, thanks for bringing this to our attention).    FDMS  4    23:27, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your rapid answer. But perhaps, it should be interesting to add in the Commons policy that the category must be in latin character language (english most often but not always). I already asked deletion of the files in another category : Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:سيد صالح --Civa (talk) 23:37, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
I think we're already covered – #Category names states the following:

Latin alphabets are used in original form including diacritics and derived letters, non-Latin alphabets are transcribed to the English Latin script.

   FDMS  4    23:49, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
OK I did not see that. But perhaps it should be interesting to say that at the level of all category names and not only for Particular individual object . Best regards. --Civa (talk) 00:17, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
  Done. This is already common practice for all kinds of categories, the section should now reflect that more clearly.    FDMS  4    00:26, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
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