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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


This may be more appropriate for a list page than a category, but I didn't know where else to suggest it. I looked up "acronym" and there are some articles that say "(abcdefg) was an acronym for (list of terms)". So a category for every phrase more commonly/only known by an acronym or a list (if such a thing doesn't exist)? --LauraCC (talk) 17:53, December 15, 2015 (UTC)

Not yet sure I see the benefit. Examples? -- sulfur (talk) 20:46, December 15, 2015 (UTC)

Well, like MACO or TCARS. There's a page for Klingonese with a table list of words and their definitions, even though some of these words have their own pages. --LauraCC (talk) 20:56, December 15, 2015 (UTC)

There are enough for a cat, as this covers pretty much everything using a "blank" sortkey in starship classifications category, but this mostly covers redirects outside of those, as page titles should be the whole phrase if we know it. Since these are mostly "invisible" in the latter sense, I would support a category for these to make finding them easier. - Archduk3 03:25, December 16, 2015 (UTC)

Some are listed on the starfleet agencies template, but this would help find non-starfleet acronyms too, like CPR etc. --LauraCC (talk) 20:24, December 18, 2015 (UTC)

Any more support votes? --LauraCC (talk) 15:41, January 8, 2016 (UTC)

A good many of these are in the "The branches of Starfleet" box. So a subcat of Starfleet acronyms might be needed additionally. --LauraCC (talk) 15:33, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

Geoscience splitEdit

Could we split geology and weather into subcats? --LauraCC (talk) 18:43, February 4, 2016 (UTC)

There's lots of storms on the list. --LauraCC (talk) 18:35, February 6, 2016 (UTC)

Support Geology and Meteorology subcats. - Archduk3 05:05, February 26, 2016 (UTC)

Psychological conditionsEdit

A subcat both of medical conditions and psychology, which would include things like Claustrophobia. Psychology itself should be psychological concepts and testing, such as Directed dreaming and Intelligence quotient are, etc.--LauraCC (talk) 21:50, February 9, 2016 (UTC)

Support. Has the added benefit that you can just add that new category under psychology too, so you don't have to list categories under both "Medical conditions" and "Psychology". One note, maybe "Psychological disorders" might be a better name, since that term was actually used on Trek. -- Capricorn (talk) 10:29, February 10, 2016 (UTC)
Support with either name. - Archduk3 05:05, February 26, 2016 (UTC)

Well, Barclay does use my term in "Pathfinder", though he means his own general condition, not a specific one. --LauraCC (talk) 20:17, March 1, 2016 (UTC)

Any other thoughts on which name is more appropos? --LauraCC (talk) 16:26, March 29, 2016 (UTC)

I would add that "Psychological conditions" would more closely follow the precedent set by "medical conditions". --LauraCC (talk) 17:01, May 26, 2016 (UTC)

So which one is it to be? --LauraCC (talk) 16:41, June 15, 2016 (UTC)

Synthetic materialsEdit

A subcat of Category:Materials for all materials not naturally occurring, like plexiglass. --LauraCC (talk) 17:35, March 8, 2016 (UTC)

Support. - Archduk3 19:13, March 14, 2016 (UTC)

Only problem is that some articles don't make it clear whether something is synthetic or not. It's easier if the thing is known to be made, like the example I provided above. Is an alloy, for instance, always manmade?--LauraCC (talk) 17:00, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

This is still a sticking point with me. Move this to archives? --LauraCC (talk) 20:22, September 15, 2016 (UTC)


Got my five and there will be more.

Also, we already have an images category for this, if that helps to convince you. --LauraCC (talk) 17:56, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

Sorry but is all it takes to say it makes sense to have a category these days? Because five things of a kind can be found? -- Capricorn (talk) 20:52, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

I've been adding more, like Exit sign and no right turn sign. As for five being the threshold, see Archduk3's post at "Category Talk:Avians". Going by what I'm told. --LauraCC (talk) 20:57, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

A threshold does not constitute a Raison d'être. My issue is, you're proposing a category here, but you've literally given zero reasons for why it should be created. -- Capricorn (talk) 21:09, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

Sorry. For now I've been placing them in "culture". Neon sign is in "communications technology", which makes sense, because it's not just paper or metal, there's neon moving around in there. And street signs are not advertisements, either, really, unlike posters. --LauraCC (talk) 21:12, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

I also have floor plan, and another ambiguous sign (see Category talk:Memory Alpha images (signage).)--LauraCC (talk) 21:14, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

Plasma-related Edit

For all things plasma related. I'd suggest it be called "plasma technology" (see the P section of Category:Technology) if not for plasma itself. --LauraCC (talk) 18:16, March 29, 2016 (UTC)

It may only have 9 or so, but Category:Artificial lifeforms has only 4. --LauraCC (talk) 17:32, May 26, 2016 (UTC)

Or would this be better as a box? --LauraCC (talk) 17:29, September 15, 2016 (UTC)

Scientific names Edit

For all animals and plants listed only by their scientific names and any scientific name redirects. All the animals from Phylum search mode would go here, as well as a couple species of orchids from Voyager. --LauraCC (talk) 15:12, April 8, 2016 (UTC)

Oppose. Personally I don't see a value in this category. Tom (talk) 17:06, April 14, 2016 (UTC)
I'd be OK with this as a redirect only category as part of the redirects tree. But not as a main one. -- sulfur (talk) 17:45, April 14, 2016 (UTC)

That makes sense. --LauraCC (talk) 17:00, August 31, 2016 (UTC)

Human Authors subcat Edit

There are many in the authors category. --LauraCC (talk) 18:05, May 6, 2016 (UTC)

Particularly real ones. --LauraCC (talk) 17:29, May 26, 2016 (UTC)

Actually, I guess it would be "Category:Earth authors" in most cases. --LauraCC (talk) 17:26, June 15, 2016 (UTC)

Inhabitant lists Edit

Counterpart to Category:Personnel lists for the pages that already list those who lived somewhere, like Tarsus IV inhabitants. --LauraCC (talk) 18:42, May 24, 2016 (UTC)

I've searched the term "inhabitants" and there's no other easy way to find all these pages except by going through reams of search list entries. --LauraCC (talk) 16:55, May 26, 2016 (UTC)

We could also include a subcat "Earth inhabitant lists" for inhabitants of san fran, etc...--LauraCC (talk) 17:25, June 15, 2016 (UTC)

Sporting equipmentEdit

A subcat of sports to solve the problem of things such as Tennis balls, Hockey sticks, etc. --LauraCC (talk) 14:34, June 17, 2016 (UTC)

Condiments and sauces Edit

Subcat of foods. See sauce for a partial list. --LauraCC (talk) 17:26, August 10, 2016 (UTC)

Poisons Edit

Subcat of drugs for all that were said to be poisons. Would also include all poisonous plants. --LauraCC (talk) 20:13, August 19, 2016 (UTC)

Could be a subcat of weapons, too. --LauraCC (talk) 20:36, August 22, 2016 (UTC)

Support but if it's going to include plants I wonder if it should be called 'Poisonous substances'. 31dot (talk) 20:28, August 23, 2016 (UTC)
I'm also not sure all poisonous plants are weapons per se. Maybe it doesn't matter. 31dot (talk) 20:29, August 23, 2016 (UTC)

Okay, so those which are only mentioned as drugs could go under weapons. I agree with the substances idea. :) --LauraCC (talk) 20:30, August 23, 2016 (UTC)

I might see if there's any more discussion and maybe create it in a few days or so, unless some other issue comes up. 31dot (talk) 20:47, August 26, 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. This page has been awfully dead lately. :) --LauraCC (talk) 20:48, August 26, 2016 (UTC)

No other issues have been raised. --LauraCC (talk) 16:15, September 9, 2016 (UTC)

So we seem to have agreed on 'poisonous substances'; should it be a subcat of drugs? Chemical compounds? Still not sure about weapons. 31dot (talk) 17:29, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

Well, not all of them are deliberately synthesized by a scientist compounds; some are naturally occurring and only poison those who take it by chance. --LauraCC (talk) 17:35, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

I would tend to lean towards a subcat of chemical compounds(even water is categorized that way) with the appropriate articles having drugs as an additional category(if they don't already). 31dot (talk) 18:36, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

That makes sense. :) --LauraCC (talk) 18:37, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

Literature subcats Edit

"Fictional literature" for novels, etc. "Scientific literature", etc for engineering/medical papers, texts, etc. I think this distinction might make sense in light of all the scientific papers that come from okudagrams. --LauraCC (talk) 19:57, August 23, 2016 (UTC)

Names Edit

For when a name is mentioned as a name, not an individual, such as Michael. There's a table in first name that lists those with definitions, which is one place to start to find others. --LauraCC (talk) 17:20, September 7, 2016 (UTC)

Insignia Edit

A category that could replace the list at insignia. --LauraCC (talk) 16:21, September 9, 2016 (UTC)

Religious objects and religious ceremonies Edit

Subcats of "religion". The former for things like Veltan sex idol, Rosary, etc, and the latter a subcat of "ceremonies" as well, for ceremonies that are not secular, like a school graduation is. "Religion" proper can still hold ideas and concepts, such as the soul, afterlife, etc...--LauraCC (talk) 14:59, September 10, 2016 (UTC)

Federation agencies Edit

A subcat for both categories "Federation" and "Agencies" for those that fall into both cats. --LauraCC (talk) 20:18, September 13, 2016 (UTC)

Support, seems very useful. Though maybe a wider term could be found: things like the Federation Council or the Federation Supreme Court don't quite fit the term "agency", but (maybe others see this differently) personally I think it would make sense for things like that to be included. -- Capricorn (talk) 22:21, September 13, 2016 (UTC)

"Organizations" instead of agencies then? And maybe we could have a template similar to "The branches of Starfleet" as well? --LauraCC (talk) 15:33, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

Subroutines Edit

There's a list @ Subroutine. --LauraCC (talk) 19:15, September 14, 2016 (UTC)

Fruits Edit

See list @ Fruit. --LauraCC (talk) 21:23, September 16, 2016 (UTC)

Medical conditions Edit

Further to the suggestion about psychological conditions, how about a sub cat for "diseases" as opposed to injuries? --LauraCC (talk) 21:50, September 23, 2016 (UTC)


Would be placed under Category:Culture and contain IDIC, Treble clef, Swastika, Klingon mummification glyph, Jamaharon, CHAH-mooz-ee, Sun of May, Crucifix, and Peace symbol. However, I think it would be a stretch to include signage, like for example Exit sign.
I think the category would be useful not so much because there are so many symbols, but because they don't really fit well anywhere and are therefore widely scattered category-wise right now. -- Capricorn (talk) 22:52, September 23, 2016 (UTC)

Production POV categories Edit

Maintenance categories Edit

Tools image categories Edit

Do things that go in tools really belong in Category:Memory Alpha images (technology)? --LauraCC (talk) 16:55, February 26, 2016 (UTC)

Things like forks, spoons, etc should have a subcat of this category. There's 1,000 images in this category. --LauraCC (talk) 20:15, February 27, 2016 (UTC)

Support: I suppose the existence of the tools category demonstrates the utility of this idea -- Capricorn (talk) 03:34, February 28, 2016 (UTC)

Follow the split of the tools category into household, engineering, etc when creating these categories. --LauraCC (talk) 19:31, September 16, 2016 (UTC)

Medical conditions image category Edit

I'm sure images of injuries, such as this one and those of individuals afflicted with an illness with visual symptoms like this would belong in a medical condition category. Or would "medicine" be the best? That's what I'm doing now. --LauraCC (talk) 18:30, February 29, 2016 (UTC)

Tech images subcats Edit

  • Borg technology
  • Communication devices
    • Monitors

Just a few that come to mind. - Archduk3 04:40, March 7, 2016 (UTC)

Split MA images "logos" into subcatsEdit

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)

Tribbles images subcatEdit

A subcat of Category:Memory Alpha images (animals). --LauraCC (talk) 17:38, May 17, 2016 (UTC)

Unused and deleted subcatsEdit

Would there be any interest in splitting this category into further subcategories, such as "Unused production material (individuals)", etc? Or would that work better as a list? --LauraCC (talk) 18:10, August 26, 2016 (UTC)

It would make finding such types of things easier in these massive categories. --LauraCC (talk) 15:01, September 10, 2016 (UTC)

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