Commons talk:Categories


Over-categorizationEdit

Currently, this section starts with an apparent single definition ("Over-categorization is when a file, category or other page is placed in several levels of the same branch in the category tree"). When I give a user a link to this section, they often don't proceed beyond the first paragraph, so they don't understand the concept very well. Typically, many users add categories based on irrelevant items not connected with the main subject, eg people, flora, fauna, objects, etc. I believe that the definition should be expanded to deal with secondary subjects that are irrelevant when they are unlikely to be included in a search by users.PeterWD (talk) 13:33, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

No thanks. People already get confused when you tell them what they're doing is over-categorization, because "two categories couldn't possible be over-categorization". Irrelevant categorization is a completely separate problem. LX (talk, contribs) 14:06, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
The English Wikipedia calls that problem overcategorisation and our COM:OVERCAT WP:SUPERCAT (might explain the confusion, not a reason to change anything here though).    FDMS  4    14:48, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

in the section: Templates for categories there is written

and

- to provide a table of contents for a large categories with many images and few subcategories

there should be written

and

- to provide a table of contents for a large category with many images and few subcategories

to avoid (little) confusion. Wilhelm Zimmerling PAR (talk) 15:37, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Neither version is particularly elegant English. I edited it a bit. LX (talk, contribs) 20:32, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
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