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Policy status and phases

Speedy deletion
Disallowed content
Disruptive editing
External links
Fan fiction


Item articles
Personal articles
Player character pages
Three revert rule
User naming

See also: guidelines, administrators
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This page is an official policy on Wowpedia.

This policy has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.

  • Feel free to propose any changes to this policy, but please make sure that changes you make follow the official process and reflect consensus on the discussion page before you put them into practice. Any big changes need to be Adopted or Decreed to be enforced as policy.
  • See Wowpedia:Policies for an overview of Wowpedia policies.
  • See Category:Policies for a list of proposed and adopted policy articles.
  • Shortcut: WP:CAT

See Help:Category on information on how to use categories.

Category usage[]

  • Large categories (over 200 pages) should be marked with {{bigcat}}.
  • Small categories are allowed even if there are currently only a few members - it is good to have a place holder ready for expansion, and for consistency within the wiki structure. Some categories will have very few or no articles but will serve as parents to other categories, for instance Category:Classes holds only 9 articles, but is parent to many categories (a talent sub-category for each class like Category:Druid talents, a abilities sub-category for each class such as Category:Druid abilities, and other sub-categories) - in this case it need not have many or even any articles in it.
  • Categories that will never contain more than one or two articles should not be created. If those pages need to be linked among one another, you should add a 'See also' section at the bottom of them with links to each other.
  • Categories should not be members of categories which also have the first category's parents as member categories. The category tree should be as simple as possible; categories should not curve back in on themselves:
Category:Grandparent > Category:Parent > Category:Child
Category:Grandparent > Category:Child

Category naming[]

When adding a category, please use the following formatting:

  • Put category names in sentence case (i.e. capitalize words as you would in a sentence).
  • Right: Category:Rubber duckies
  • Wrong: Category:Rubber Duckies
  • Categories should usually be plural:
  • Right: Category:Boxes
  • Wrong: Category:Box

Category page content[]

  • Substantive content should not be included on a category page, but placed on a separate article page.
  • The category page should contain only a precise description of what sort of articles belong in that category.
  • If applicable, describe what sort of articles do not belong, as well as the sort that do belong.

Old categories and redirects[]

When a category is deprecated, either by being renamed or otherwise, never make it a redirect to anywhere else. The reason is that the category then remains as a usable category, and articles can be filed under it, but it is impossible to view its contents for the average wiki visitor.

Just by having the category, we run the risk of articles ending up in it, from habit or mistakes, and there's nothing to tell the author that it's wrong, since the category link is blue like it should be.

Deprecating a category
  • Add the {{c2c}} ("correct to category") template - this categorizes the category into Category:Incorrect categories.
  • If there is substantive content on the page that is still relevant, it can simply be moved to a new category page, or, preferably, to a regular page (see earlier sections).
  • When it is empty and unlinked, mark it for speedy deletion and explain that it is deprecated.
If you find an existing category page that is a redirect
  • Move any articles that have been added to the category after it being made a redirect (not uncommon) to the new category that was being pointed to.
  • Mark the category for speedy deletion.