Help:Categorization

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This page helps editors quickly find the basic categories to place works in. For advanced help with the category syntax, see m:Help:Category. Category:Categories is the top level category.

The base page of every work in the main namespace should be placed in the basic categories which are outlined below. The approach is slightly different to that used in Wikipedia as it's not just about the subject of the work, but about the type of publication, date and copyright status.

Introduction[edit]

There are four basic types of category:

  1. What it is: Category:Works by type.
  2. What it is about: Genre (for fiction) or Subject (for non-fiction)
  3. When was it published: make sure the date is in the header, if it's known. Otherwise find the nearest fit in Category:Works by date‎.
    • This category is added by the |year = parameter in the header. You only need to add it there. You do not need to add it with the rest of the categories at the bottom of the page.
  4. Why it is free. If it is in the public domain, and why, or the free licence under which it has been released. Category:Works by license
    • This category is added by the licence template. For a list of licences, see Help:Copyright tags.
    • If there is no licence and you are unsure which one should apply, add the {{no licence}} maintenance tag instead.

Other, more specialised, categories are available. These do not apply to all works and will only sometimes be appropriate. The complete tree of categories for works starts here: Category:Works. It includes the following, which are slightly more common but still rare:

Sometime these categories may be combined into one category (eg. Category:Horror short stories). Categories may also cover the era (eg. Category:1910s plays), the country of origin (eg. Category:American poetry) and other identifiable groups.

Author pages have a similar set of basic categories

  1. Type of author - novelist, poet, diarist etc.
  2. Genre they are known for - children's authors, biographers, political authors, etc.
  3. Nationality
  4. Affiliation and occupation if known.

When categorizing, it's also important to add a link to the work in the appropriate portal. See Help:Portals.

Works[edit]

Click on a + sign to expand any category.

Type

The type of work; for example, The Gods of Mars is categorized to Category:Novels.


Genre

The genre the work best fits in (some works fit in several genres). If the genre you're looking for isn't listed, try looking in one of the general categories

(like Fiction), or ask Pathoschild or the community.


Subject

Major subjects covered in the work. This category requires judgment and often requires that you carefully read the work. Subjects are classified into general categories; try looking through them all.


Country

The country the work is primarily published in.


Automatic

The following categories are automatically added by the templates if the relevant information is provided:

Author pages[edit]

Type


Genre


Affiliation

Saints


Automatic

The following categories are automatically added by the templates if the relevant information is provided:

Nationality

The country the author primarily published from. For example, Author:George W. Bush is categorized to Category:United States authors.


Occupation

The author's primary occupations (president, janitor, et cetera).

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