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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 {{realworld}} 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 Edit

Subcats of "Tools" Edit

Culinary tools, engineering tools, for instance. -- LauraCC (talk) 16:46, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

I thought about the same. PLease come up with a full list of sub-category suggestions. Tom (talk) 15:22, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

Those two above, and household tools for things like Butterfly net and Eye dropper. Culinary has enough of its own to be its own cat. --LauraCC (talk) 18:37, November 22, 2015 (UTC)

I think that Tom is suggesting that you put together a specific list on your userpage with the tools broken into better subdivisions. -- sulfur (talk) 19:31, November 22, 2015 (UTC)

Here's my page for culinary tools: LauraCC/Culinary tools --LauraCC (talk) 16:47, November 26, 2015 (UTC) LauraCC/Household and office tools LauraCC/Grooming Tools --LauraCC (talk) 17:07, November 26, 2015 (UTC)

Infrastructure Edit

For things like bridges, roads, manholes, etc. -- LauraCC (talk) 19:13, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

Again, I am not against such a category. Please come up with a full list. Tom (talk) 15:22, November 21, 2015 (UTC)
Two things: first, manhole seems unlike the other two examples. A sewer might be infrastructure, but a manhole is merely an object used in constructing that bit of infrastructure. Calling a manhole infrastructure seems like calling a brick a building. Secondly, I take it that this would be a subcategory of Architecture? Only, Architecture already has a horrible subcategory, Structures. Currently it seems pretty arbitrary what was placed where (stable is in architecture, barn in structures :-s) That's bad enough, but it can get worse: your example bridge currently sits in Architecture for example, but it seems like a good example of a structure and I think that would be the case for most infrastructure. So this added category would not so much give things that don't currently have a good category a home, but it would often increase the number of seemingly correct choices from two to three. I don't really have a solution, but the situation over there is already not great, and I fear this would only make it worse. -- Capricorn (talk) 19:57, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

Civilians Edit

For those personnel who live on a ship or station without being said to work on it, such as Molly O'Brien, for instance. Should we distinguish between mere residents and employed crew members? -- LauraCC (talk) 21:22, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

Oppose. I see no value in creating this category. Tom (talk) 15:22, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

Production POV categories Edit

Collectible companies Edit

For pages in both Category:Collectibles and Category:Companies. - Archduk3 00:31, February 15, 2015 (UTC)

Something we should've had a while ago -- but an optimal solution here would be to break up the company from the product. The company would fall into 'collectible companies', and then have a product page that can be the current 'catalogue' section of each page now fall into the collectibles. -- sulfur (talk) 03:47, February 15, 2015 (UTC)
I agree. I'm thinking a page for each "product line." For example: Johnny Lightning could be split to Legends of Star Trek (standard releases) and Legends Of Star Trek (White Lightning releases) or just Legends of Star Trek (Johnny Lightning). We could also just have a Johnny Lightning catalog or Johnny Lightning merchandise page, which would might make more sense for pages like Genki Wear and Kraft, which don't have "named product lines," or much of a "line" at all. - Archduk3 04:29, February 15, 2015 (UTC)
Support, though a bit tentatively. While the suggestion ties in nicely with that of publishers and books/magazines, I'm a bit concerned with the split application resulting in a large number of additional "stub" pages the Kraft and Genki examples...I like the second subordinate suggestion, but propose Johnny Lightning product lines instead "catalog" or "merchandise". To my ears the latter two would sound too much like commercially "peddling" stuff--Sennim (talk) 11:38, February 16, 2015‎ (UTC)
Support - I prefer the "... product lines" suggestion as well. -- Renegade54 (talk) 19:04, November 12, 2015 (UTC)

Photonovel collections Edit

For the articles in the categories Photonovels, Novel collections, and Comic collections. Would be subbed in all three categories. - Archduk3 14:12, October 31, 2015 (UTC)

As someone who suggested these should be in their own category 3+ years ago, I'm all for this. -- sulfur (talk) 14:15, October 31, 2015 (UTC)
Agreed -- Sennim (talk) 14:36, October 31, 2015 (UTC)
Support -- Renegade54 (talk) 19:04, November 12, 2015 (UTC)

Transportation staff Edit

For articles under Category:Production staff that are about people in the Transportation department (as a sub-category, like Category:Camera and electrical department or Category:Makeup staff). Note that this could be called either [[Category:Transportation staff]] or [[Category:Transportation department]]; we seem to have a mix of each type of name. See User:Renegade54/Transportation staff for a list of potential members of the new category; note that this list is not exhaustive. -- Renegade54 (talk) 19:04, November 12, 2015 (UTC)

Support. I am clearly supportive splitting up the overcrowded "Production staff" category in several more departments but I think you'll handle this soon. ;) Btw, I would favor Category:Transportation department. Tom (talk) 21:45, November 12, 2015 (UTC)
No matter which name we use, the categories with the other name type should be changed to match. - Archduk3 14:56, November 13, 2015 (UTC)

CBS Digital staff Edit

Category:CBS Digital staff as a sub-category of Category:Special and Visual effects staff. There are quite a lot. Tom (talk) 23:00, November 26, 2015 (UTC)

Special Features staff Edit

Category:Special features staff for the people who "only" worked on the special features including the audio commentaries. Best example is Roger Lay, Jr. who is currently listed in the categories producers and directors but only worked on the special features, not on any Star Trek series or film. Tom (talk) 09:10, November 27, 2015 (UTC)

Maintenance categories Edit

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