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Categories for discussion (CfD) is the central venue for discussing specific proposals to delete, merge, rename or split categories and stub types in accordance with the guidelines for categorization, category naming and stub articles.

For detailed instructions about using CfD, see "How to use CfD" below. Briefly, nominations are handled through one of two processes:

  1. Speedy renaming and merging, for uncontroversial proposals that meet specified criteria—see "Speedy renaming and merging" below.
  2. Full discussion, for all other proposals. Discussions typically remain open for at least seven days and are closed once a rough consensus has formed or no objections to the nomination are raised.

Except in uncontroversial cases such as reverting vandalism, do not amend or depopulate a category once it has been nominated at CfD as this hampers other editors' efforts to evaluate a category and participate in the discussion.

When a category is renamed or merged with another category, in limited circumstances it may be helpful to leave an instance of the ((Category redirect|...)) template on the category's former page. See "Redirecting categories" below for more information.

Wikipedia:Move review can be used to contest the outcome of a CfD request that is limited in scope to renaming, as long as all steps are followed. If a discussion on the request closer's talk page does not resolve an issue, then a move review will evaluate the close of a CfD move discussion to determine whether or not the close was reasonable and consistent with the spirit and intent of common practice, policies, and guidelines. CfDs involving deletion should be reviewed at Wikipedia:Deletion review.

Scope

CfD is intended only for specific proposals to delete, merge, rename or split categories or stub types. For general discussion about how to improve the category system, use other appropriate venues such as Wikipedia talk:Categorization, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Categories, and any relevant WikiProjects' talk pages.

Current discussions

Add a new entry


Discussions awaiting closure

See also the list of individual discussions awaiting closure here and the list of full open discussions awaiting closure here.


How to use CfD

Nomination procedure

Twinkle

You may use Twinkle to facilitate CfD nominations. To install Twinkle, go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets and check "Twinkle" in the "Browsing" section. Use the now-installed "XfD" (Start a deletion discussion) tab while viewing the page you want to nominate.

Twinkle only allows you to nominate a single category or stub template. For bundled nominations including multiple categories, or if you prefer not to use Twinkle, follow the manual steps below.

Manual nominations

I
Preliminary steps.

Before nominating a category:

In the following special cases:

For further information, see Wikipedia:Categorization and Wikipedia:Manual of Style.

II
Edit the category.

Add one of the following templates at the beginning of the category page (not the talk page) of every category to be discussed. For nominations involving large numbers of categories, help adding these templates can be requested here.

Otherwise, if nominating a single category:
If nominating a group of related categories, use a bundled nomination:
  • For deleting, use ((subst:Cfd|CfD section name))
  • For merging, use ((subst:Cfm|Other category|CfD section name))
  • For renaming, use ((subst:Cfr|Proposed name|CfD section name))
  • For splitting, use ((subst:Cfs|Proposed name 1|Proposed name 2|CfD section name))
  • For converting the category into a list, ((subst:Cfl|Proposed name|CfD section name))
  • For other options (containerization, etc.), use ((subst:Cfd|type=nature of proposed discussion|CfD section name)) (see Template:Cfd/doc#Optional parameter)
  • Include "CfD", "CfM", "CfR", "CfS" or "CfL" in the edit summary, and do not mark the edit as minor. Preview before saving.
  • To add the template for previous nomination days, use the "full" version of the template by appending "full" to the template name, i.e. ((cfd full)), ((cfm full)), ((cfr full)), ((cfs full)) and ((cfl full)). Use the |day=, |month= and |year= parameters to make the banner link to the correct CfD page.
  • Consider adding ((subst:cfd notice|Category name|2022 July 21|CfD section name)) ~~~~ to the talk page of the category's creator.
  • For details about these templates, see each template's documentation.
III
Create the CFD section.

Click THIS LINK to edit the section of CfD for today's entries.

Follow the instructions (visible in edit mode) to copy and paste one of the templates below. When inserting category names into these template's parameters, except the text= parameter, omit the Category: prefix and do not use wikilinks, as the template takes care of this.

If nominating a single category:
  • For deleting, use ((subst:Cfd2|Obsolete category|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed deletion. ~~~~))
  • For merging, use ((subst:Cfm2|Origin category|Destination category|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed merge. ~~~~))
  • For renaming, use ((subst:Cfr2|Current category|Proposed name|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed rename. ~~~~))
  • For splitting, use ((subst:Cfs2|Current category|Proposed category 1|Proposed category 2|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed split. ~~~~))
  • For converting the category into a list, use ((subst:Cfc2|Current category|Proposed article|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed conversion. ~~~~))
  • For other options (containerization, etc.), use ((subst:Cfd2|Current category|type=other type|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed conversion. ~~~~))
For a bundled nomination, use one of the standard templates to build the "Cfd section name" for the first nominated category. After saving that, the second and subsequent nominations must be inserted manually, as follows:
==== Cfd section name ====
* 1st category
* 2nd category [Make clear whether you propose deletion, merging or renaming]
* Your reason for nominating the categories, and signature.
  • If a bundled nomination is too long, consider using ((hidden)) to hide some of the nominated categories.
  • In your reason, use links if mentioning articles or categories. To link to a category, use the colon trick by adding a colon (:) to the beginning of the link, e.g. [[:Category:Foo]].
  • Preview before saving to check that your nomination is formatted correctly, and remember to include your signature at the end of the nomination.

Stub types

I
Preliminary steps.

In general, a stub type consists of a stub template and a dedicated stub category. Before nominating a stub type for deletion, merging or renaming:

  • Read and understand guidance for creating stub types and stub type naming conventions.
  • Review the list of existing stub types—be advised, this list may not be comprehensive.
  • If you wish to:
    • Create a new stub type—follow the procedure for proposing new stub types.
    • Delete, merge or rename a stub category only, without deleting or renaming the associated stub template—follow the instructions above this section.
    • Delete or rename a stub template—continue to section II.
II
Edit the template.

Add one of the following tags at the beginning of the template to be discussed.

  • For deletion, use ((subst:Sfd-t|Section name))
  • For renaming, use ((subst:Sfr-t|Proposed name|Section name))
  • Please include "SFD" or "SFR" in the edit summary, and don't mark the edit as minor. Preview before saving.
  • Consider notifying the template's creator on their talk page. To find the contributor, check the page history of the stub template.
III
Create the CFD section.

Click THIS LINK to edit the section of CfD for today's entries.

Follow the instructions (visible in edit mode) and paste the following text (remember to update the default parameters):

  • For deletion, use ((subst:sfd-t2|TemplateName|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed deletion. ~~~~))
  • For renaming, use ((subst:sfr-t2|TemplateOldName|TemplateNewName|text=Your reason(s) for the proposed deletion. ~~~~))
  • In your rationale, mention how many articles currently use the template to help other editors. When linking to a category in your rationale, always add a colon (:) to the beginning of the link, like [[:Category:Foo]]. This makes a category link that can be seen on the page, and avoids putting this page into the category you are nominating.
  • Preview before saving to check that your nomination is formatted correctly, and remember to include your signature at the end of the nomination.

Notifying interested projects and editors

In addition to the steps listed above, you may choose to invite participation by editors who are likely to be informed about a nominated category. All such efforts must comply with Wikipedia's guideline against biased canvassing. In addition, to help make your messages about the CfD discussion clear, avoid Wikipedia-specific abbreviations, link to relevant policies or guidelines, and link to the discussion itself.

Notifying related WikiProjects

WikiProjects consist of groups of editors who are interested in a particular subject. If a nominated category is within the scope of one or more WikiProjects, consider adding a brief, neutral note on their talk page(s) about the nomination. You may use ((subst:cfd notice|Category name|2022 July 21|CfD section name)) ~~~~ or write a personalized message.

Tagging the nominated category's talk page with a relevant WikiProject's banner will include the category in that WikiProject's Article Alerts if they subscribe to the system. For instance, tagging a nominated category with ((WikiProject Physics)) will add the discussion to Wikipedia:WikiProject Physics/Article alerts.

Notifying substantial contributors to the category

While not required, it is generally considered courteous to notify the good-faith creator and main contributors of the category that you are nominating for discussion. To find the creator and main contributors, check the category's page history or talk page. You may use ((Cfd notice)) to inform the category's creator and all other editors.

Notifying other interested editors

It may be helpful to invite other subject-matter experts by posting a message on the talk page of the most closely related article, such as Protein family for Category:Protein families. You may use ((Cfdnotice)) for this.

Closing procedure

After seven days, someone will close the discussion according to the consensus that formed or, if needed, relist it to allow more discussion. Editors closing discussions must follow the administrator instructions and, except in the case of a "keep" or "no consensus" outcome, implement the result or log it at the Working page to ensure it is implemented.

Redirecting categories

"WP:CAT-R" redirects here. For the guideline on categorizing redirects, see Wikipedia:Categorizing redirects.

For an essay on this topic, see WP:Category redirects that should be kept.

In general, an unpopulated category should be deleted (see speedy deletion criterion C1) because it is not useful for navigation and sorting. In limited circumstances, and because categories cannot be redirected using "hard" redirects (i.e. #REDIRECT[[''target'']]), we use a form of "soft redirect" to solve the issue. You can "create" a category redirect by adding ((Category redirect|target)) to the category page. Bots patrol these categories and move articles into the "redirect" targets.

In particular, category redirects are used at the former category name when we convert hyphens into en dashes (e.g. Category:Canada-Russia relationsCategory:Canada–Russia relations). It is also helpful to set up category redirects from titles with plain letters (i.e. characters on a standard keyboard) where the category names include diacritics.

A list of redirected categories is available at Category:Wikipedia soft redirected categories.

Speedy renaming and merging

Speedy renaming or speedy merging of categories may be requested only if they meet a speedy criterion, for example WP:C2D (consistency with main article's name) or WP:C2C (consistency with established category tree names). Please see instructions below.

  1. Determine which speedy criterion applies
  2. Tag category page with ((subst:cfr-speedy|New name))
  3. List request along with speedy criteria reason under "Current requests" below on this page

Please note that a speedy request must state which of the narrowly defined criteria strictly applies. Hence, any other non-speedy criteria, even "common sense" or "obvious", may be suitable points, but only at a full discussion at WP:Categories for discussion.

Request may take 48 hours to process after listing if there are no objections. This delay allows other users to review the request to ensure that it meets the speedy criteria for speedy renaming or merging, and to raise objections to the proposed change.

Categories that qualify for speedy deletion (per Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion, e.g., "patent nonsense", "recreation") can be tagged with the regular speedy tags, such as ((db|reason)) with no required delay. Empty categories can be deleted if they remain empty 7 days after tagging with ((db-empty)). Renaming under C2E can also be processed instantly as it is a variation on G7.

To oppose a speedy request you must record your objection within 48 hours of the nomination. Do this by inserting immediately under the nomination:

You will not be able to do this by editing the page WP:Categories for discussion. Instead, you should edit the section WP:Categories for discussion#Add requests for speedy renaming and merging here or the page WP:Categories for discussion/Speedy#Add requests for speedy renaming and merging here (WP:CFDS). Be aware that in the course of any discussion, the nomination and its discussion may get moved further down the page purely for organizational convenience – you may need to search WP:CFDS to find the new location. Participate in any ongoing discussion, but unless you withdraw your opposition, a knowledgeable person may eventually bring forward the nomination and discussion to become a regular CFD discussion. At that stage you may add further comments, but your initial opposition will still be considered. However, if after seven days there has been no support for the request, and no response from the nominator, the request may be dropped from further consideration as a speedy.

Contested speedy requests become stale, and can be untagged and delisted after 7 days of inactivity. Optionally, if the discussion may be useful for future reference, it may be copied to the category talk page, with a section heading and ((moved discussion from|[[WP:CFDS]]|2=~~~~)). If the nominator wants to revive the process, this may be requested at WP:Categories for discussion (CfD) in accordance with its instructions.

If you belatedly notice and want to oppose a speedy move that has already been processed, contact one of the admins who process the Speedy page. If your objection seems valid, they may reverse the move, or start a full CFD discussion.

Speedy criteria

The category-specific criteria for speedy renaming, or merging are strictly limited to:

C2A: Typographic and spelling fixes

C2B: Consistency with established Wikipedia naming conventions and practices

C2C: Consistency with established category tree names

Bringing a category into line with established naming conventions for that category tree, or into line with the various "x by y", "x of y", or "x in y" categorization conventions specified at Wikipedia:Category names

C2D: Consistency with main article's name

C2E: Author request

C2F: One eponymous article

Admin instructions

When handling the listings:

  1. Make sure that the listing meets one of the above criteria.
  2. With the exception of C2E, make sure that it was both listed and tagged at least 48 hours previously.
  3. Make sure that there is no opposition to the listing; if there is a discussion, check if the opposing user(s) ended up withdrawing their opposition.

If the listing meets these criteria, simply have the category renamed or merged – follow the instructions at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Administrator instructions, in the section "If the decision is to Rename, Merge, or Delete"; to list it for the bots, use the Speedy moves section.

Applying speedy criteria in full discussions

Add requests for speedy renaming and merging here

If the category and desired change do not match one of the criteria mentioned in C2, do not list it here. Instead, list it in the main CFD section.

If you are in any doubt as to whether it qualifies, do not list it here.

Use the following format on a new line at the beginning of the list:

* [[:Category:old name]] to [[:Category:new name]] – Reason ~~~~

(The four ~ will sign and datestamp the entry automatically.)
If the current name should be redirected rather than deleted, use:

* REDIRECT [[:Category:old name]] to [[:Category:new name]] – Reason ~~~~

To note that human action is required, e.g. updating a template that populates the category, use:

* NO BOTS [[:Category:old name]] to [[:Category:new name]] – Reason ~~~~

Remember to tag the category page with: ((subst:Cfr-speedy|New name))

A request may be completed if it is more than 48 hours old; that is, if the time stamp shown is earlier than 02:05, 19 July 2022 (UTC). Currently, there are 71 open requests (refresh).


Current requests

Please add new requests at the top of the list, preferably with a link to the parent category (in case of C2C) or relevant article (in case of C2D).

Noted, bad nom, withdrawn.--Richhoncho (talk) 19:52, 20 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Opposed requests

  • Oppose speedy as it seems to narrow the scope of the category. Marcocapelle (talk) 06:39, 17 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Are these really C2C, though? For all that it's a little weird we apparently categorize ACW by victories or defeats rather than just "battles involving (country)"... I don't see the issue with using an adjective form here, so the higher-level category using the country form isn't necessarily relevant on a C2C basis (e.g. Category:French cuisine is a subcategory of Category:Food and drink in France, C2C wouldn't allow a speedy move to "France cuisine"). It seems like this should have been discussed, at least? But maybe I'm missing something. SnowFire (talk) 17:09, 11 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Confederate is a disambiguation page so is Category:Confederate war crimes referencing Confederate Ireland or maybe German Confederation? Categories are never left with their ambiguous names. Then we C2C the entire set. Which is why we have Category:Native American tribes in Georgia (U.S. state), even though the other Georgia (country) doesn't have any Native American tribes. Gonnym (talk) 17:21, 11 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@SnowFire: Do you accept this rationale? If you still dispute it then I will reverse these as needing a full discussion. – Fayenatic London 18:10, 11 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I don't. Let's have the full discussion (@Gonnym:). Agree with Gonnym that categories are stricter about not requiring disambiguation, but not when the category title includes "of the American Civil War" which fixes any disambiguation concerns immediately. For the war crimes one, everything except the US in Category:War crimes committed by country is done in adjectival form ("Italian war crimes"). The cemeteries one is the least relevant, it's not a big deal, but I'd argue that the new title sounds like it's vaguely suggesting cemeteries operated by the CSA (during the Civil War?) rather than cemeteries-of-dead-Confederates. SnowFire (talk) 18:21, 11 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Suggestion if someone takes these to full discussion, I suggest three separate discussions since the issues/consideraions differ across the three. UnitedStatesian (talk) 22:00, 14 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

On hold pending other discussion

Moved to full discussion

@JASpencer:These would make good subcategories for political history. However, the parent category is political history, not the messy "Historical governments of Crimea". Under this category there should be made a Category:Governments in Crimea, as per precedent seen elsewhere. Note that not all current occupants of the category belong in that subcategory, as Jewish autonomy in Crimea is not a historical government of Crimea, but is most definitely relevant to its political history. Hecseur (talk) 00:49, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Marcocapelle: As for this, there seems to be a misunderstanding, as Crimea is NOT a FORMER territorial entity. Crimea is not a former country, nor a former subdivision of a country, it is the geogrpahic territorial entity of the Crimean peninsula. Hecseur (talk) 01:00, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Hecseur: I know, but the content of the category is about former entities Marcocapelle (talk) 05:15, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Marcocapelle: Indeed, the category exclusively contains former entites. However, a government is not a territorial entry, it's a political one. Hecseur (talk) 03:25, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Marcocapelle:I have no problem with the title Category:Former territorial entities in Crimea and also no problem at all with this being a sub category of Category:Political history of Crimea. This sounds like an improvement on the current situation that would meet @Hecseur:'s concerns. JASpencer (talk) 05:49, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • This probably should go to a full discussion.--Ymblanter (talk) 07:38, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Ready for deletion

Check Category:Empty categories awaiting deletion for out of process deletions. In some cases, these will need to be nominated for discussion and the editor who emptied the category informed that they should follow the WP:CFD process.

Once the renaming has been completed, copy and paste the listing to the Ready for deletion section of Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working/Manual.

Empty categories awaiting deletion

The categories listed below have been identified as empty using ((db-catempty)), and will be speedily deleted after 7 days unless populated. (Note: Due to technical limitations, all contents of the category may not be displayed; view the category directly to see all contents.)