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==ToC restructuring==
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== i18n standardization ==
I propose the following (major) changes to the ArchWiki category tree:
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Non-English categories should follow the naming scheme ''Title in English (Language)''. See [[Help:i18n]] for details. [[Template:i18n]] should be included on all category pages. Furthermore, all category titles should be appropriately capitalized (Like a Title).
  
; <s>Removal of [[:Category:Pages sorted by type (English)]]</s>: Currently we distinguish between four types of articles: [[:Category:FAQs|FAQs]], [[:Category:General (English)|General]], [[:Category:Guidelines (English)|Guidelines]], and [[:Category:HOWTOs (English)|HOWTOs]]. I believe that the majority of FAQ articles should be merged into the main [[FAQ]]; the ''general'' category is not helpful in any way; almost all articles under ''guidelines'' deal with package management (see [[:Category:Package development]] instead); and every article is a HOWTO in the sense that it explains how to install/configure/etc. something (further, ArchWiki is moving away from the HOWTO style of writing (step 1, step 2, step 3...))
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Are there any objections? I will prepare an outline of my imagined category tree shortly.
  
; <s>Flattening of the tree</s>: The [[:Category:System administration]] and [[:Category:Desktop user's guide (English)]] categories are unnecessary and confusing. Consider '''Desktop user's guide''' -> '''[[:Category:Utilities (English)]]''' (utilities not used for system administration?) and '''System administration''' -> '''Software''' -> '''[[:Category:Display managers]]''' (display managers not used by desktop users?) Similarly, the [[:Category:Hardware (English)]] and [[:Category:Software]] categories can easily be eliminated. Categories that relate specifically to hardware can be renamed (e.g. '''Hardware''' -> '''[[:Category:Graphics]]''' can become '''Graphics hardware''').
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-- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 20:20, 10 May 2011 (EDT)
  
; i18n standardization: Non-English categories should follow the naming scheme ''Title in English (Language)''. See [[Help:i18n]] for details. [[Template:i18n]] should be included on all category pages. Furthermore, all category titles should be appropriately capitalized (Like a Title).
 
 
:How about using native category names with redirects to i18n named categories on category pages? --[[User:AlexanderR|AlexanderR]] ([[User talk:AlexanderR|talk]])
 
:How about using native category names with redirects to i18n named categories on category pages? --[[User:AlexanderR|AlexanderR]] ([[User talk:AlexanderR|talk]])
 
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::Actually I was thinking to propose the liberalization of titles for all pages (not only categories), but only '''after''' implementing [[Help_talk:I18n#.22Dummy.22_interlanguage_links_and_deprecation_of_Template:i18n]]. Please, until then let's stick with the current standard: we'll discuss this thing after that, there's already lots of stuff going on in that talk page :) -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] ([[User talk:Kynikos|talk]]) 20:30, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
Are there any objections? I will prepare an outline of my imagined category tree shortly.
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:::Done. Thank you for pointing to [[Help_talk:I18n]]. Good luck with i18n work! --[[User:AlexanderR|AlexanderR]] ([[User talk:AlexanderR|talk]])
 
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-- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 20:20, 10 May 2011 (EDT)
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:+1 for all. :-) Unfortunately I don't have much time and will have even less. -- [[User:Karol|Karol]] 20:33, 10 May 2011 (EDT)
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::I'm in favour of points 1 and 3 but basically against the systematic flattening of the tree, but it's just a matter of taste, and we are 2 vs 1 here, so I'll just shut up now :D -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 09:21, 11 May 2011 (EDT)
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:::Phew! That was one mess of work! No longer do we distinguish between article ''topics'' and ''types''. I will propose changes to the tree regarding (2) in detail before committing to anything. -- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 17:08, 10 June 2011 (EDT)
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::::Very good job pointone, it has surely been worth the effort! -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 10:24, 11 June 2011 (EDT)
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===Capitalization===
 
===Capitalization===
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:I can easily solve this one with my bot, although it's not urgent. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 16:48, 23 April 2012 (EDT)
 
:I can easily solve this one with my bot, although it's not urgent. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 16:48, 23 April 2012 (EDT)
 
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:Maybe not so easily, since I'd need a dictionary of words that should be left lower-case. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] ([[User talk:Kynikos|talk]]) 20:51, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
=="also in" links==
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Do you like seeing the "also in" links next to categories that have more than one parent? -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 06:56, 1 March 2012 (EST)
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:Related discussion: [[Help talk:Style#Category pages - tree or otherwise?]] If we return to a tree structure, "also in" links would not exist. -- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 19:18, 13 March 2012 (EDT)
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::But maybe in that case displaying them would be even more important, as a means of detecting violations to the rule. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 08:27, 14 March 2012 (EDT)
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:::Quite right. My vote is conditional upon the tree decision, then. If a tree structure is enforced, display it to detect violations. If we allow multiple categories, however, hide it to avoid clutter. -- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 13:04, 15 March 2012 (EDT)
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::::Ah kk your position is perfectly clear. However I wouldn't consider the ToC only as a tool for end-users, I think it's also very useful for maintainers, in fact being able to spot multi-parent categories (be them allowed or not) gives a clearer idea of how the articles are structured.
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::::Some ideas to reduce/avoid clutter:
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::::*[[:Category:Display managers|Display managers]] (8) <sup>also in [[:Category:Boot process|Boot process]], [[:Category:Daemons and system services|Daemons and system services]]</sup>
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:::::(I'll probably implement this solution for the next update)
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::::*[[:Category:Display managers|Display managers]] (8) <sup><span title="also in Boot process, Daemons and system services">*</span></sup>
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:::::(for this option, place the mouse on the asterisk; we can use another symbol, like <sup>+  ^  #  !</sup>)
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::::-- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 07:06, 16 March 2012 (EDT)
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::::The first idea is implemented currently with &lt;small>. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 11:56, 18 March 2012 (EDT)
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===Poll===
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;Display it
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:''[vote with {{ic|<nowiki>: ~~~~</nowiki>}}]''
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: [[User:Thestinger|thestinger]] 00:48, 2 March 2012 (EST)
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: [[User:Skydiver|Skydiver]] 00:51, 2 March 2012 (EST)
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: [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 05:09, 2 March 2012 (EST)
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;Don't display it
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:''[vote with {{ic|<nowiki>: ~~~~</nowiki>}}]''
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: [[User:Fengchao|Fengchao]] 20:09, 1 March 2012 (EST)
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: [[User:Pointone|pointone]] 19:18, 13 March 2012 (EDT)
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=="also in" translations==
 
=="also in" translations==
Currently only Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese have a translated "also in" string for categories with more than one parent, all the others are using the English wording. Please request new translations here. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 05:59, 12 March 2012 (EDT)
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Currently only Spanish, <s>French</s>, Italian and Portuguese have a translated "also in" string for categories with more than one parent, all the others are using the English wording. Please request new translations here. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 05:59, 12 March 2012 (EDT)
 
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==<s> Flattening of the tree </s> ==
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=== Change Software category ===
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Technically every article is about "software", even those inside "Hardware" (drivers are software): based on what would remain in "Software" we should see if "Software" can be renamed to a more specific title, what do you think? -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 03:54, 20 April 2012 (EDT)
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:I think the Software category is almost just as generic as the top-level English category. It could apply to pretty much everything in the wiki, so I don't think there would be any harm in just getting rid of it (but I'm fine with it staying too). [[User:Thestinger|thestinger]] 19:50, 20 April 2012 (EDT)
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:: Software is too generic and it contains too much contents even after Networking and Development is out which make the category hard to navigate. I plan to split pages mainly about up layer applications into [[:Category:Applications]]. Then the pages left seems to be mainly about "System components" such as boot loader, kernel, deamon, init, package manager, ABS, Desktop environment, window manager and so on. We can check whether they fit well into [[:Category:System Compontents]]. Right now I am starting to move Arch specific topic into [[:Category:About Arch]]. -- [[User:Fengchao|Fengchao]] 00:00, 21 April 2012 (EDT)
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::: Now Networking and Development become a top category of its own. The new proposal for next step here is:
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::: Split pages in [[:Category:Software]] and [[:Category:System administration]] into 2 parts by their difficulty:
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:::* [[:Category:Applications]]. It is the easy part. People with no Operation system knowledge can read them.
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:::* System Components. Pages there are more harder than Applications. To fully understand these pages, Operation system knowledge is needed. And after learning these pages, the reader will become a nerd of computer :).
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::: The steps to take:
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:::# Create a new category [[:Category:Applications]].
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:::# Move pages fit in [[:Category:Applications]] there.
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:::# Move pages left in [[:Category:Software]] into [[:Category:System administration]].
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:::# Discuss whether [[:Category:System administration]] should changed to other name such as [[:Category:System Components]].
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::: -- [[User:Fengchao|Fengchao]] 01:34, 25 April 2012 (EDT)
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::::It's an interesting approach, you can try it, the result will be better than the current situation in any case :) -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 11:28, 25 April 2012 (EDT)
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::::Ah, by the way I can handle step 3 with my bot, in case there are many articles left there, just ask me ;) -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] 04:39, 26 April 2012 (EDT)
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::::: Now that the first 3 steps are finished. I think we can leave the name [[:Category:System administration]] unchanged and start sorting sub categories based on current main structure.  -- [[User:Fengchao|Fengchao]] ([[User talk:Fengchao|talk]]) 03:23, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
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::::::Yeah [[:Category:System administration]] is ok (except for its capitalization). I don't think I've understood the "start sorting sub categories based on current main structure" part, but maybe you want to close this discussion and start another one? :) -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] ([[User talk:Kynikos|talk]]) 12:14, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
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:::::: Just closed this topic. -- [[User:Fengchao|Fengchao]] ([[User talk:Fengchao|talk]]) 13:59, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
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:::::::Excellent work, Fengchao! Thanks for tackling this major restructuring project! -- [[User:Pointone|pointone]] ([[User talk:Pointone|talk]]) 04:14, 12 May 2012 (UTC)
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Revision as of 08:59, 6 June 2013

i18n standardization

Non-English categories should follow the naming scheme Title in English (Language). See Help:i18n for details. Template:i18n should be included on all category pages. Furthermore, all category titles should be appropriately capitalized (Like a Title).

Are there any objections? I will prepare an outline of my imagined category tree shortly.

-- pointone 20:20, 10 May 2011 (EDT)

How about using native category names with redirects to i18n named categories on category pages? --AlexanderR (talk)
Actually I was thinking to propose the liberalization of titles for all pages (not only categories), but only after implementing Help_talk:I18n#.22Dummy.22_interlanguage_links_and_deprecation_of_Template:i18n. Please, until then let's stick with the current standard: we'll discuss this thing after that, there's already lots of stuff going on in that talk page :) -- Kynikos (talk) 20:30, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
Done. Thank you for pointing to Help_talk:I18n. Good luck with i18n work! --AlexanderR (talk)

Capitalization

[split from a previous discussion, now closed. -- Kynikos 16:48, 23 April 2012 (EDT)]

As I began sorting and standardizing the Spanish categories, I realized that many English categories have improper capitalization. These issues could probably more efficiently be dealt with simultaneously. --Emiralle 21:46, 10 September 2011 (EDT)

I can easily solve this one with my bot, although it's not urgent. -- Kynikos 16:48, 23 April 2012 (EDT)
Maybe not so easily, since I'd need a dictionary of words that should be left lower-case. -- Kynikos (talk) 20:51, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

"also in" translations

Currently only Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese have a translated "also in" string for categories with more than one parent, all the others are using the English wording. Please request new translations here. -- Kynikos 05:59, 12 March 2012 (EDT)