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See also:
 
See also:
 
* [[Special:Allpages]] — choose the "Category" namespace and you can get an alphabetical listing of categories starting at a specified place ([http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Special%3AAllpages&from=D&namespace=14 example])
 
* [[Special:Allpages]] — choose the "Category" namespace and you can get an alphabetical listing of categories starting at a specified place ([http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Special%3AAllpages&from=D&namespace=14 example])
* [[Special:Prefixindex]] — similar interface, but this returns only those categories whose names start with (i.e., actually ''contain'', at the beginning) the specified string ([http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Special%3AAllpages&from=D&namespace=14 example])
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* [[Special:Prefixindex]] — similar interface, but this returns only those categories whose names start with (i.e., actually ''contain'', at the beginning) the specified string ([http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Special%3APrefixindex&from=D&namespace=14 example])
  
 
== Basic philosophy ==
 
== Basic philosophy ==
  
The <nowiki>[[Category:]]</nowiki> mechanism of the MediaWiki software provides for a "bottom-up" approach to page classification. This is in contrast to the "top-down" approach provided by the construction of "index" or "topic" pages (pages whose main purpose is to link to other articles). Both approaches are useful and can coexist on a wiki.
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The '''<nowiki>[[Category:]]</nowiki>''' mechanism of the [[Project:MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] software provides for a "bottom-up" approach to page classification. This is in contrast to the "top-down" approach provided by the construction of "index" or "topic" pages (pages whose main purpose is to link to other articles). Both approaches are useful and can coexist on a wiki.
  
 
== Naming of categories ==
 
== Naming of categories ==
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One convention that has already seen wide use:
 
One convention that has already seen wide use:
* '''Use "sentence style" capitalization''', as opposed to "title" style. That is, one should capitalize the first word of a category (technically this is optional since the first character is [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/case_insensitive case insensitive]) and thereafter only words that would normally be capitalized in running text (i.e., a regular sentence).
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* '''Use "sentence style" capitalization''', as opposed to "title" style. That is, one should capitalize the first word of a category (technically this is optional since the first character is [[Wiktionary:case insensitive|case insensitive]]) and thereafter only words that would normally be capitalized in running text (i.e., a regular sentence).
 
** '''Correct:''' [[:Category:Arguments for the existence of God]] (''Note:'' [[God]] is a proper noun)
 
** '''Correct:''' [[:Category:Arguments for the existence of God]] (''Note:'' [[God]] is a proper noun)
 
** '''Incorrect:''' [[:Category:Arguments for the Existence of God]], [[:Category:Arguments For The Existence Of God]], etc.
 
** '''Incorrect:''' [[:Category:Arguments for the Existence of God]], [[:Category:Arguments For The Existence Of God]], etc.
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== Other issues ==
 
== Other issues ==
  
See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Categorization Wikipedia's "Categorization" page] for an idea of some of the issues that might arise and their possible solutions.
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See [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Categorization|Wikipedia:Categorization]] for an idea of some of the issues that might arise and their possible solutions.
  
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Categorization]]
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Categorization]]

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This page is intended to be a central place to discuss matters of categorization (discuss issues on the talk page then transfer guidelines to this page when a consensus has been reached).

The current category structure can be browsed beginning at Category:Browse categories. An alphabetical list of categories is available at Special:Categories.

See also:

  • Special:Allpages — choose the "Category" namespace and you can get an alphabetical listing of categories starting at a specified place (example)
  • Special:Prefixindex — similar interface, but this returns only those categories whose names start with (i.e., actually contain, at the beginning) the specified string (example)

Basic philosophy

The [[Category:]] mechanism of the MediaWiki software provides for a "bottom-up" approach to page classification. This is in contrast to the "top-down" approach provided by the construction of "index" or "topic" pages (pages whose main purpose is to link to other articles). Both approaches are useful and can coexist on a wiki.

Naming of categories

We need to decide on category naming conventions.

One convention that has already seen wide use:

Other issues

See Wikipedia:Categorization for an idea of some of the issues that might arise and their possible solutions.

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