Talk:Association of Categorist Wikimedians
Is there a "How To" or "FAQ" or "RTFM" page for someone who wants to dive in and categorize? SatyrTN 07:21, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Per the response I received, here are some good places to start:
- For a quick introduction to categories, see Wikipedia:Category.
- For detailed technical information on how to use categories, see Help:Category.
- For guidelines on creating and organizing categories, see Wikipedia:Categorization.
- For everything you ever wanted to know about categories, see Wikipedia:Categorisation FAQ.
Categorism comes under constructive criticism
With all due respect Categorists I think that the categorization system is not working because it is too complicated and difficult to understand for both the reader and the editor. It was intended to be a system but ended up becoming a chaos. The pages which explain the purpose and guidelines of the system are just too long, (I looked at them but felt daunted). The editors assign the articles to the wrong categories because they do not fully understand the system.
Although I am a specialist in taxonomy and systematic biology I was not able to understand this system. Unlike biological classification which is hierarchical (each species belong to one genus, each genus to one family...etc never multiple relationships such as one species in two genera). Articles relate to on another in a multiple fashion creating a net-system that is difficult to represent. I find it difficult in particular to guess all the possible categories that should be included and many times I make a guess that sounds logical but I find that the category I thought of has never been created. For example, Libya is a member of the Arab League and the OPEC, the former is an established category so I guessed the later would be too but so far a category:OPEC does not exist. Why not?! I don't know.
This system requires spending a lot of time (I am pessimistic on this point) from those who understand it and believe in it if it is ever to succeed. And it should be protected from editing by others, otherwise it is like having many banks issuing all sorts of banknotes simultaneously and randomly. A list of related articles on the article's page would be more useful to read and easier to edit. If the list is too long, it can be divided up under several headings. I have seen so far four systems on different computerized encyclopedias and this list system was the most simple and effective in my opinion.
Please take all this as constructive criticism, I do share with you the view that there is a need for an effective system to help us make sense of the shear amount of information. Ahmed Elnagar 00:08, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Do you have any coordination with Wikimedia projects other than en.wiki? Do you conduct any activity in non-English wikis? Incnis Mrsi 22:08, 26 December 2006 (UTC)