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This page is intended to be a central place to discuss matters of categorization (discuss issues on the [[Project talk:Categorization|talk page]] then transfer guidelines to this page when a consensus has been reached).
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This page is intended to provide a focus point for '''categorization''' efforts on this wiki — that is, efforts to develop and implement guidelines related to the creation and maintenance of [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Category|categories]]. Please discuss any relevant issues on the [[Project talk:Categorization|talk page]] first, 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]].
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== Basic philosophy ==
  
See also:
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The special [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Category|<tt><nowiki>[[Category:]]</nowiki></tt> tag 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.
* [[Special:Allpages]] &mdash; 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])
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* [[Special:Prefixindex]] &mdash; 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])
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== Basic philosophy ==
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==Viewing the current categories==
  
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.
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The current category structure can be browsed beginning at [[:Category:Browse categories]]. An alphabetical list of categories actually in use (regardless of whether wiki pages for them exist) is available at [[Special:Categories]]. See [[Iron Chariots Wiki:Searching]] for other ways of searching and browsing the categories.
  
== Naming of categories ==
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==Category policies==
  
'''We need to [[Project talk:Categorization|decide]] on category naming conventions.'''
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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.
  
One convention that has already seen wide use:
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=== Naming of categories ===
* '''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).
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One convention that has already seen wide use is the following:
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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 [[Project:running text|running text]].
 
** '''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.
 
== Other issues ==
 
 
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 provide a focus point for categorization efforts on this wiki — that is, efforts to develop and implement guidelines related to the creation and maintenance of categories. Please discuss any relevant issues on the talk page first, then transfer guidelines to this page when a consensus has been reached.

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Basic philosophy

The special [[Category:]] tag 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.

Viewing the current categories

The current category structure can be browsed beginning at Category:Browse categories. An alphabetical list of categories actually in use (regardless of whether wiki pages for them exist) is available at Special:Categories. See Iron Chariots Wiki:Searching for other ways of searching and browsing the categories.

Category policies

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

Naming of categories

One convention that has already seen wide use is the following:

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