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Please make sure you have read and understood Memory Alpha's category approval policy before editing this page. Category suggestions can be used to suggest a single category, multiple categories in the same "tree branch" or "parent category," or to determine which categories will contain or be contained by other categories. From there, they may either be approved and enacted by moving the discussion from this page to the new category's talk page, or, if not approved, moving the discussion from here to the category suggestion archive.

One of the reasons we discuss categories first is because we need to ensure that the category tag, when circumstances call for it, contains the correct sort keys to arrange the list in a predetermined order.

This page is broken down into sections:

  • In-universe categories: These categories are intended to be use for in-universe articles, and should be named to maintain Memory Alpha's POV.
  • Production POV categories: These categories are for use on production articles, which are written from the real world POV, and as such should be have the {{real world}} template on them.
  • Maintenance categories: These categories are used in the maintenance of Memory Alpha, and would include the audio and image files for example. These categories can have either a in-universe or real world POV.

In-universe categories

Production POV categories

Deceased performers

I have seen other tv show Wiki pages that do indeed have a deceased performers category, and it makes all kinds of sense to have it here.--GILESFAN411 (talk) 00:13, December 13, 2019 (UTC)

The (still far off) problem is that eventually any performer currently listed on MA will eventually wind up in said category. I don't think there's another category like that on the whole site. --LauraCC (talk) 17:08, December 17, 2019 (UTC)
Rather than "Deceased performers", as large an undertaking as it would be, what about adopting Wikipedia's births and deaths by year structure? Could take out the performer part and include production folks too. - AJ Halliwell (talk) 19:06, April 22, 2020 (UTC)
If we're going to categorize these, I would think a system that works better with Star Trek birthdays, Star Trek deaths, and {{born}} template would be better than just copying the Wikipedia system. - Archduk3 21:38, May 11, 2020 (UTC)

Comics sub-breakdown

The Comics category is starting to get rather large at almost 1000 articles. The comics that have been published over the years have come from (thus far) a handful of publishers, so one possibility to make it a bit more manageable would be to break them down based on that, such as "Marvel Comics", "DC Comics", "WildStorm Comics", "IDW Publishing Comics", "Gold Key Comics", etc.

Titles/Issues/Volumes/etc that are printed by more than one publisher would have each publisher's category on them.

Further possible breakdowns (that could be instead of or in addition to) could include "miniseries comics" (for those of less than 6 issues), "ongoing comics", "one-shot comics". These would fall in-line with the "comics collections" category.

Thoughts? -- sulfur (talk) 14:51, June 11, 2020 (UTC)

I would prefer the publisher categories, but restricted to just the first one. We can just have a note on the categories that it only contains the comics first published by them. - Archduk3 15:26, June 11, 2020 (UTC)

Series/film composers

Can we please categorize composers by production, such as "TOS composers", "TNG composers", "Film composers", etc? --Defiant (talk) 20:12, August 13, 2020 (UTC)

There are less than 50 composers total currently, so what is gained by bloating the number of categories on a good number of those pages and taking a small category and turning it into over 10 categories? - Archduk3 08:14, August 14, 2020 (UTC)

I should probably clarify; I didn't mean these to replace the "Composers" category but be in addition to it. --Defiant (talk) 07:15, August 15, 2020 (UTC)

Could you maybe create a list on your user page (or a sub page) with breakdowns of what you envision them to be, and how many per sub-category? For example, perhaps it might only be worth having a couple of sub-categories rather than one per series... ? -- Sulfur (talk) 14:34, August 15, 2020 (UTC)
I'm not seeing the benefit of this, or any issue it would address. - Archduk3 19:56, August 15, 2020 (UTC)

It obviously would make navigation easier, as 50 pages is a huge amount to scroll through, otherwise. Thanks for the suggestion, Sulfur. --Defiant (talk) 21:15, August 15, 2020 (UTC)

Since 200 entries in a category will all appear on one page, I'm going to call less than a quarter of that a "small" amount, and I've never thought it's a good idea to leave pages in the parent category if we create subcategories. It seems to me this is needless subdivision, which would make for harder navigation, of a small category with the only benefit being it's easier to to ID a series a composer worked on without having to actually read the article or even check the sidebar, which was my suggestion the last time something like this came up. I'm of the opinion that people should read the articles, and the problems with this would far outweigh the single, and apparently not the intended, benefit, so oppose. - Archduk3 09:31, August 18, 2020 (UTC)

Maintenance categories

Images (rank insignia) and (awards)

Category:Memory Alpha images (insignia) being 40 pages long, I believe there are plenty of instances of rank insignia images that could qualify their own category, depicted on: Bajoran ranks, Sub-commander, Starfleet ranks (mirror), etc. - AJ Halliwell (talk) 07:08, June 3, 2020 (UTC)

Under [(insignia)], to capture appropriate military ribbons, trophys (some of which are currently under art), awards, Starfleet commendations, etc. - AJ Halliwell (talk) 07:08, June 3, 2020 (UTC)

Support for both, though you might want to start with a "Starfleet insignia" category either alongside these, or with appropriate Starfleet themed subcategories for the overlap. - Archduk3 17:06, June 6, 2020 (UTC)

That's the direction I was thinking of going once the first round was fleshed out. My thought would be:

  • Insignia (Alien and organization emblems/flags would remain.)
    • Starfleet insignia (Starfleet seals, comm badges, Galaxy Development patch)
      • (Subcategories: Starfleet rank insignia, Starfleet awards)
    • Rank insignia (Bajoran ranks, Vulcan ranks, etc.)
      • Starfleet rank insignia (Pips, strips, Disco. badges)
    • Awards (Order of the Bat'leth, ribbons of the American military, Sterling's wall, etc.)
      • Starfleet awards (TOS clusters, medals, Harry's certificates)

- AJ Halliwell (talk) 12:54, June 9, 2020 (UTC)

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