Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:06:42 UTC
Categories in namespaces... or 'categorized categories'...
This sounds silly but what I would like to see is this, a specific user develops a specific 'categorization' of articles (under his personal namespace). That 'categorization' is only visible to him.
The user marks his 'categorization' as public, and it is entered into a list of 'categorizations'.
Any user can select from a list of 'categorizations' to be displayed while they browse articles.
In this way 'specialist' or 'alternative' categorizations of pages could be created by individual users, then adopted and expanded by like minded users. This would allow more flexible categorization rather than the 'all or nothing' system that exists.
Perhaps its too fiddly an idea to be any practical use.
This is *not* a duplicate of bug number 450.
Actually now I changed my mind... I would really love to see a more generic kind of category in MediaWiki, something like the following...
[[CategoryX: 1]] [[CategoryY: j]] [[CategoryZ: ii]]
Which puts pages into three different categories from three different category systems, system X, Y and Z.
Each separate category system would have all the features that categories currently have.
Additionally (and another thing) Category X would be navigable after selecting a category from category Y... like a shopping basket, categories would be in the basket.
i.e. Selecting [[CategoryY: j]] in the 'category selection' page would limit all visible pages to that category. However, the [[CategoryX]] page would still be navigable (assuming that some pages in [[CategoryY: j]] were also categorized with some categories in [[CategoryX]]. Savvy?
Seems a little... scary. :D
You might peek at the Semantic MediaWiki stuff for going in this direction.