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Bug 9540 - Universal Root Category
Universal Root Category
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Categories (Other open bugs)
Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: crosswiki, easy
Depends on:
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Reported: 2007-04-09 18:36 UTC by Stéphane Thibault
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:48 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Stéphane Thibault 2007-04-09 18:36:39 UTC
Hey guys,

I mentioned this idea in a few discussion pages on the MediaWiki website and HappyDog suggested I posted it on Bugzilla so here's 
how it goes.

As a constant advocate of user experience improvement, one of the first things I do whenever I implement a local version of MediaWiki 
is adding a link to the root category of the wiki to the MediaWiki:Sidebar. I must admit I'm very surprised this has never been 
integrated in the default settings so I guess I just had to speak up a little!

Good wiki content management for me implies that there should only be one uncategorized category in any given wiki at any given 
time, the root category. I would love to see a new " Browse content " link (or something like it) added to the default sidebar, pointing 
to the root category, that could in turn be translated directly in the localized language files.

I then also categorize the main page to the root category for users expecting to find the category link at the bottom of the article " as 
usual ". The main page should in most cases be the only one listed directly in the root category, so it also makes it very easy to notice 
if another user has categorized a given page as root simply because they didn't know where to put it. Obviously, it also makes 
maintainting a structured category tree a lot easier.

So this was my suggestion for the MediaWiki website but since I truly believe it's good practice that should make it's way all over the 
wiki world, please consider this a formal request to be passed along the proper channels.

Stéphane Thibault
Comment 1 Rob Church 2007-04-09 19:37:17 UTC
What do you expect us to do about it? If a wiki owner wants to set up such a
system, then they can easily do so without any intervention from us. If you want
it enacted on one or more Wikimedia projects, then you'll need to propose this
to the communities in question.

We don't enforce any rigid structure of categories on end users, so while this
is a nice idea, I don't see what you're asking us to do.

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