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Memory Alpha  AboutPolicies and guidelinesCategory tree → Category suggestions

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

Engineering conditions Edit

A possible better name for the suggestion seen here. Now that the incidents are redirects, we can still have those redirects filed in such a category. And in the interest of nomenclatural consistency, it matches "medical conditions". --LauraCC (talk) 17:58, October 27, 2016 (UTC)

Comment. I am not quite sure about this. Can you come up with a full list? Tom (talk) 18:49, October 31, 2016 (UTC)

Blackout (power) and Brown-out come to mind. The previous article also listed warp core breach, hull breach, and neutron fatigue. Explosive decompression, etc. It's really hard to find these because they're all over the place; that's one of the reasons I, like others, thought this a category worth making in the first place. There's no super category called Category:Engineering to put them in, either. Some are in "energy", some in "physics", and so on. --LauraCC (talk) 19:05, October 31, 2016 (UTC)

The "Engineering" category is more or less Technology, and the examples aren't technology, they are just related to technology. This is why a full list of articles that this would apply to is needed, since that would help with naming and where this should be in the tree, or if it should be a category at all. - Archduk3 19:21, November 6, 2016 (UTC)

Engineering makes me think of a ship/station, etc's engineering section and all things related to it. Technology could be an alien electric toothbrush.

I have a partial list above; would appreciate others helping me add to it, if they can think of something that goes there, using my examples as, well, examples (of the kind of thing that goes there.) As I said above, it's hard to find them, they're everywhere. --LauraCC (talk) 19:26, November 6, 2016 (UTC)

....so far --LauraCC (talk) 16:08, November 16, 2016 (UTC)

Surely that's enough to have a category (though as all the "leaks" are effectively one page, at leak, maybe not)? Does this name I've proposed work for you? --LauraCC (talk) 20:33, November 30, 2016 (UTC)

I suppose it could be also a subcat of Category:Events. --LauraCC (talk) 21:36, November 30, 2016 (UTC)

So Category:Engineering events or lump it in with Traffic accident and the like as Category:Accidents and mishaps. --LauraCC (talk) 20:30, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

Oppose. I see that you've tried to create something but this seems not good, IMO. I have concerns in creating this. Tom (talk) 08:54, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

Which concerns? We could add Bullet hole and make it Category:Damage. --LauraCC (talk) 16:03, December 9, 2016 (UTC)

Government officials sub-cats Edit

To narrow the Category:Government officials even further, I suggest the sub-categories Category:Bajoran government officials, Category:Romulan government officials, Category:Vulcan government officials, and Category:Cardassian government officials. We should feature the main species within this category with these additions. The Bajoran category would be the one with the most entries. Tom (talk) 11:18, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

Assuming there are enough for each, support. - Archduk3 15:47, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

Bajorans and Romulans would be enough. There are not that much Cardassians and only a handful of Vulcans. Tom (talk) 17:21, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

Production POV categories Edit

Book categories Edit

See Star Trek Cats for my reasoning.

  • "Young adult novels"
  • "Picture books"
  • "Hobby books" or "Novelty Books" (for crafting, etc)

--LauraCC (talk) 16:30, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

Oppose Hobby/Novelty books. Not well enough defined really.
Oppose Young adult novels. Don't need the breakdown as such.
Neutral at this time on picture books. I'm not convinced that it's well enough defined either tbh.
-- sulfur (talk) 16:43, December 6, 2016 (UTC)
I agree it would be highly preferable if the current situation is improved upon. However, the crux is in finding the right categorization. I'd Oppose YA novels for now, as that doesn't seem needed, but hold my judgement on the rest as they don't seem quite there yet - even if really anything would be better then the current situation. -- Capricorn (talk) 18:17, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

Maintenance categories Edit

Split MA images "logos" into subcats Edit

For companies, TV stations, etc.--LauraCC (talk) 18:26, May 13, 2016 (UTC)

These are already handled by the {{image logo}} template, so this could (in theory) be done further there. -- sulfur (talk) 18:28, May 13, 2016 (UTC)

As in {{image logo tv}} for TV stations? --LauraCC (talk) 21:35, November 30, 2016 (UTC)

"Image X logo" is the better format. - Archduk3 01:08, December 1, 2016 (UTC)

Well, then... :) The preceding unsigned comment was added by LauraCC (talk • contribs).

Right now, the "image logo" template handles "game" and "rating" types. That can be expanded so that it handles all of them internally, just requiring the appropriate call to be made, with a call similar to this: {{image logo|category=rating}}. -- sulfur (talk) 18:25, December 6, 2016 (UTC)
We can run everything through the current template, but I still think redirect templates would make the end user experience easier, and since people can already be barely bothered to follow the law and guidelines, that can only be a net win in the long run. - Archduk3 19:33, December 6, 2016 (UTC)
Playing around with the template and the list of things in the category as is, there are a number of TV channel logos, and stuff that falls onto the edge of such (ie, Amazon video, etc). I lean more to simply breaking out a "companies" category for real world companies. There is a bit too much awkward overlap with the TV stuff/etc. I think that "company" becomes the first breakdown, and then we see what's left over in there that NEEDS to be sorted better (if any). -- sulfur (talk) 20:10, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

More technology images sub-cats Edit

We seem to have enough images for these sub-categories:

  • Holographic tech
  • Transporter tech
  • Foods and beverages tech

I think creating these, along with the several other sub-cats created recently, should be enough to sufficiently thin out the "top" tech images cat. I'm not married to the names either, as "food and beverages" is simply because each century has a different tech supplying the eats. If someone has a better idea, I'm game. - Archduk3 15:32, December 2, 2016 (UTC)

Regarding foods, how about "Replication technology"? That essentially says what it does, even if it's not called a replicator. --LauraCC (talk) 18:51, December 4, 2016 (UTC)

Food synthesizer doesn't replicate food, it synthesizes it, which is apparently different. - Archduk3 21:48, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

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