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Wikimedia and Wikipedia Categories DifferentEdit


I noticed that the elements in the categories for NY State Historical Markers in Wikipdeia ( are different from those in Wikimedia (

I'm not sure if this matters, if this is something I can / should fix (I'm not so experienced with the Wiki world) but figured at least I should tell someone about it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by HighAtop94 (talk • contribs) 04:05, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

It's OK that they're different. On Wikipedia, they're categorizing articles. Here, we categorize files. We might not have files for all the articles on Wikipedia, and Wikipedia might not have articles for all the files here. Both places categorize according to what they have. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:57, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
I like it when they're the same, and sometimes I adjust one to be more like the other but usually, no, either the difference arises from different purposes, or else the extra neatness is not worth the extra effort. Jim.henderson (talk) 21:01, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

Can you/we add more examples to explain how the categories work?Edit

Hi. I am a newcomer to wikimedia and want to make sure I understand how to use Categories properly. However I am struggling with categories. I use IT a lot and I think part of the problem is how it conflicts with how tags are normally used - you add every tag relevant!

I have read the page a few times but still find myself not fully understanding it. I suspect someone who specialises in this topic has written it but maybe a plain English version is needed. I think it would be easier to understand if examples were given after every statement.

eg. "The page (file, category) should be put in the most specific category/categories that fit(s) the page (not directly to its parent categories)." an example showing the right and wrong ways would be helpful.

I am happy to try to help with this once I understand it! Debbie (talk) 06:08, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

Hello, Debbie, and welcome to Wikimedia. Have you read the section on Over-categorization? It addresses the exact thing you're talking about. If you find that section difficult to understand, feel free to ask any questions you have. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:25, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
Return to the project page "Categories".