వికీపీడియా:వ్యక్తుల వర్గీకరణ

Originally, this policy was developed in response to some dragging వికీపీడియా:Categories for deletion procedures that debated the categorization of people. As has been proven since, this guideline can be helpful for other "delicate" categorization issues. See also the talk page.

How to categorize peopleసవరించు

Currently, people tend to be categorized by the following broad categories.

By yearసవరించు

People are categorized by their year of birth and year of death. See వికీపీడియా:People by year for how to categorize people by their years of birth and death.

The report "People by year/Reports/No other categories" lists articles that haven't been categorized in any other category than births by year, deaths by year, 1911 Britannica, people stubs, etc.

By nationality and occupationసవరించు

People are categorized by their nationality and occupation, such as వర్గం:Ethiopian musicians. The template {{Fooian fooers}} is used to provide navigation on each category page, such as:

Classification: People: By occupation: Musicians: By nationality: Ethiopian
also: Ethiopia: People: By occupation: Musicians

Please note that this template may need to be modified for some categories, because some nationalities are listed as "People of Foo" instead of "Fooian", such as వర్గం:Musicians from Bosnia and Herzegovina and వర్గం:Musicians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

By associationసవరించు

Currently, the Wikipedia supports categorizing People by educational institution, People by company, and People known in connection with religion or philosophy, as well as numerous more specific categories. See also వర్గం:Customary categories of people.

By religion, race or ethnicityసవరించు

Currently, the Wikipedia also supports categorizing People by religion and People by race or ethnicity. The placement of people in these categories may be problematic.

Note: Wikipedians are divided about whether categories should be used for such topics, and might propose such categories for deletion.

For more information, please see the current (as of September 2005) discussion at వికీపీడియా:Categorization/Gender, race and sexuality.

Potentially problematic categories can be labeled with {{CategorisationDisputedPeople}}, resulting in:

మూస:CategorisationDisputedPeople

or with {{SCD}}, resulting in:

Disclaimer


This category may inappropriately label persons. See వికీపీడియా:categorization of people for advice on how to apply categorization to articles relating to people.

Additional categoriesసవరించు

Be aware that mis-categorizations are more sensitive for articles on people than for articles on other topics.

Example: Categorizing a politician involved in a scandal as a "criminal" would create much more controversy than categorizing a bear that raided a campsite as a "criminal".

Please consider the following:

  • Categories are not automatically assigned: Categories are only assigned as the result of an individual assessment of the content of an article (lists are easier in this sense, because a doubtful assignation can be marked as such). See also వికీపీడియా:Bots for a general discussion of contra-indications regarding robotized operations.
  • Categories can be representative: For some "sensitive" categories, it is better to think of the category as a set of representative and unquestioned examples, while a list is a better venue for an attempt at completeness. (Note: You can tag a list with {{Listdev}} if it is not complete or {{Dynamic list}} if you think it will never be complete.) Particularly for "sensitive" categories, lists can be used as a complement to categorization.
  • Double check: Always check after saving an article whether the categorization strikes you as offensive or indelicate. The wikipedia system allows anybody to edit the article and remove a questionable categorization. In order to avoid that, follow your intuition in finding those categories you think most to the point and inoffensive. Create a new category that better serves what you want to communicate, rather than using an existing category that is (partly) inconsistent with the content of the article. Improving category definitions might also help in this stage.
  • Limit the number: Try to limit the number of categories to what is most essential about this person, something in the vein of: "give me 4 or 5 words that best characterize this person."
Example: A film actor that holds a law degree should be categorized as a film actor, but not necessarily as a lawyer.

Creating a new categoryసవరించు

Finding a good category name for sensitive people-related topics is not a "mathematical" science, but relies on good taste, and more than often on a bit of creativity to find a good solution that satisfies all.

Before creating a new categoryసవరించు

Before creating a new category, please be sure a similar category does not exist.

Example: You might want to list someone in వర్గం:Canadians. Before creating that category, try to find it under a similar name. By starting at వర్గం:People by nationality, you will discover that Canadians are placed in వర్గం:Canadian people.

Consider making a listసవరించు

Consider whether a list or other grouping technique would be more appropriate:

  • for very sensitive material (such as racial or religious categorizations of people)
  • for trivia (such as "dog owners" etc..., see also general trivia policies)
  • for categories whose members would require frequent notes to explain the reasons for each inclusion.
Note: Wikipedians are divided about whether categories should be used for such topics, and might propose such categories for deletion. Nonetheless: always follow your own gut instinct in this matter.

Use a gender-neutral nameసవరించు

As a general recommendation for categories on people, have the category names as gender-neutral as possible (unless, of course, there is a distinct reason to otherwise; please mention that reason on the category page in that case).

Example: instead of a category for "Kings" and a different category for "Queens", use వర్గం:Monarchs.

Use the most neutral and/or generic nameసవరించు

Some categories can be used in a stigmatizing way; always try to find the most neutral and/or generic name.

Example: "Prostitutes" is a better name for a category than "whores". "Sex workers" might work even better for a category name, while more gender-neutral and better approaching Business Card style.

Use a reasonable lengthసవరించు

Avoid names that are too long or too short. Short, clear names are preferred for categories. It is possible to deviate from this principle for neutrality and clarity reasons, but don't exaggerate on length or complexity of category names. Avoid abbreviations.

Clearly define the categoryసవరించు

It is preferable that the category definition (on the category page) tries to exclude vague and/or non-Neutral point of view (NPOV) cases. In many cases, only referencing a wikipedia article explaining the term is not sufficient as a definition for a category. This is true for almost every sensitive category. If the article you want to use as definition is problematic in itself, consider improving the article. Otherwise, or if that is not sufficient, write a definition of what goes in and what goes out of the category on the category page, with the reference article(s) as background information.

Example: "Atheist" can be used as an offensive term (people living under a Fatwah are still today often called atheist by their condemnors, irrespective of whether they consider themselves atheist or not). Some of the vague (and non-NPOV) edges of an "Atheists" category are about the unclear distinction between "strong" and "weak" atheism (see atheism article) and about whether only outspoken followers of atheistic beliefs should be named or everyone generally considered to be an "Atheist". See వర్గం:Atheists for how the category is currently defined.

Place the new category in another categoryసవరించు

See the general rules regarding categorization, and try to position the new category in a suitable place on the tree of "people" categories.

Experiencing a problematic categorizationసవరించు

Improper categorizationసవరించు

If a person has an "incorrect" categorization, remove the category from the article and replace it (if applicable) with a correct category.

If the categorization is both "correct" and the category is reasonable, but still seems problematic, please list it here:

  1. Resolved people categories, 2004 - April 2005
  2. Unresolved people categories, 2004 - April 2005
  3. వర్గం:People by surname: see Wikipedia talk:Category schemes
  4. వర్గం:Dramatists and playwrights (as a solution to the problems mentioned on Category talk:Dramatists)
  5. ...

You can also nominate the category for deletion ({{cfd}}), for renaming ({{cfr}}), or for merging ({{cfm}}). See the instructions at వికీపీడియా:Categories for deletion.

Improperly named categoriesసవరించు

If the category name has an obvious typo, please list it for speedy deletion at వికీపీడియా:Categories for deletion.

Redundant categoriesసవరించు

If the category name has an obvious and unneccessary redundancy with another existing category, please list it for deletion or merging at వికీపీడియా:Categories for deletion.

Inappropriate categoriesసవరించు

If the problem is not about accuracy, but about an "(in)appropriateness" for a single article to be in this category, you can remove that categorization from that article, but also consider the following:

  • Check whether you can solve (part of) the problem by making (a) better category definition(s);
  • If still needed, find or create a more appropriate category, for re-categorizing this single article.
  • If it seems clear to you that there are more articles to which this category is applied "inappropriately", add the {{SCD}} disclaimer to the bottom of the text or the {{CategorisationDisputedPeople}} dispute notice to the top of the text of the category description. Allow some time for this notice to take effect—possibly help with some manual recategorization (if you are familiar with the topics of the articles to which this categorization was applied). Remove the "disclaimer"/"dispute notice" if the use of this category seems OK again.
  • If you have a proposition for a better name for the category and/or a proposal for a wider re-arrangement of the categorization scheme and/or if you see a more general contradiction with wikipedia policies and guidelines regarding this category, participate in and/or post new discussions on the discussion page of the category. Consider whether you can invite more people that might be interested, to take part in the discussion, for example by leaving messages on their user talk pages (check, for example, the discussion page of the category and history tabs to find out who might be concerned by this category—also try to contact project people if the category is part of one or more wikipedia projects).

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