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wordmunger
Oct 31, 2005, 02:23 PM
It seems like there are a lot of problems with categories. For example, "Apple CEOs" is a top-level category. Surely no one agrees it should be on par with "Apple Laptops," for example. Really, it should probably be a subcategory under "Companies."

But Apple CEOs aren't Companies, so "Companies" should probably be changed to something like "Corporate Information."

The question --

If I change the names of these categories, do I have to change all the pages that refer to them? I don't want to rush in and make a massive change if it's going to be a pain to change later. Does that make sense?

iMeowbot
Oct 31, 2005, 02:37 PM
If I change the names of these categories, do I have to change all the pages that refer to them?
The short answer? Yes.
I don't want to rush in and make a massive change if it's going to be a pain to change later. Does that make sense?
It does make sense. At some point we can start leaning on bots when the number of changes for this kind of thing gets too big to manage by hand, but then again mass category changes can start to make the server groan when there is a larger amount of stuff (not a worry right now since we still have a baby wiki). Taking some time to choose well early on is worth the trouble.

arn
Oct 31, 2005, 02:39 PM
part of the problem is that the front page displays ALL categories... not just top level ones.

Let me see if I can fix that. That may make it easier to visualize.

arn

arn
Oct 31, 2005, 02:52 PM
Ok,

The front page now only displays TOP LEVEL categories.

arn

kalisphoenix
Oct 31, 2005, 03:19 PM
?

Did I read this right?

I'd be extremely interested in learning how hierarchical categorization was implemented on a MediaWiki.

In my experience, every category on a MediaWiki is a "Top Level" category.

arn
Oct 31, 2005, 04:08 PM
?

Did I read this right?

I'd be extremely interested in learning how hierarchical categorization was implemented on a MediaWiki.

In my experience, every category on a MediaWiki is a "Top Level" category.

Well, a category can be placed into another category.

On the front page, I'm simply listing categories that don't have a parent. Those are "top level". Everything else is a subcategory. The front page is NOT a wiki page. It's a php script that looks like a wiki page.

arn

kalisphoenix
Oct 31, 2005, 04:36 PM
Well, a category can be placed into another category.

On the front page, I'm simply listing categories that don't have a parent. Those are "top level". Everything else is a subcategory. The front page is NOT a wiki page. It's a php script that looks like a wiki page.

arn

Ah 8) Thanks for explaining that.

andysmith
Oct 31, 2005, 05:09 PM
I definately think 'Apple CEOs' and 'Apple Events' need to be sub-categories of something.
How about 'Apple Information'?