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This page describes one of Memory Alpha's policies and guidelines

Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please post them on the talk page.

With the MediaWiki software, it's possible to sort articles into categories. In order to ensure that these categories will be useful to users of the wiki, categories should be suggested and discussed before creation so that a clear category tree can be maintained and the correct sort keys can be added.

Policy

Because it is a labor-intensive process to remove or alter a category name once it exists, categories must be orphaned to be deleted as they cannot be redirected, all categories must be suggested and approved by a user consensus. The process is pretty straightforward:

  • Category suggestions should be listed on Memory Alpha:Category suggestions before being created.
  • Suggestions without any opposition after at least 7 days are considered approved and can be created. The suggestion discussion should then be moved to the new category's talk page.
  • Suggestions with supporting votes after at least 4 days are considered approved and can be created. The suggestion discussion should then be moved to the new category's talk page.
  • Suggestions with opposition will be removed to the archive after at least 2 weeks of inactivity.
  • After a suggested category has been approved, don't expect anyone else to actually create it for you! Anyone can create an approved category, and while someone is bound to come along eventually, it won't happen as quickly as it would if you did it yourself.

Before suggesting a new category, you should browse our existing categories and the discussions related to them. Remember that we also want to categorize the article with the correct sort keys.

Categories

There are two general types of categories, a list category and a locational category. List categories generally just list articles that are the name of the category, while locational categories generally contain articles that are related to the name of the category.

While the overall category structure is a work in progress, these categories are a good place to start browsing.

Note that this is just a small sample of the categories that are currently in use. For a complete list, see the full category listing.

In-universe categories

These categories are used on in-universe articles, and are named to maintain Memory Alpha's point of view.

Category:Planets 
This is a list category (a category for instances of planets). This means that every planet may, and should, be included in this category. Don't include moons, planetoids, asteroids or other celestial bodies, colonies, cities, lists of planets or other articles related to planets. If the name of the planet contains a roman numeral, use a sort key in which this numeral is replaced by a double-digit (Example: [[Category:Planets|Rigel 07]] for Rigel VII).
Category:Qo'noS 
This is a locational category. Anything (species items, terms) relating to Qo'noS or Klingons, who are native to Qo'noS, should be listed here.
Category:Delphic Expanse 
This is a locational category. Anything (species, planets, terms) relating to the Delphic Expanse area should be listed here.
Category:Mirror universe 
This is a locational category for anything relating to the mirror universe. Only articles directly talking about "mirror universe items" should be listed here.
Category:Sectors 
This is another list category. Include all sectors, but nothing else - no quadrants, zones, areas, regions, systems, no lists of sectors or other articles related to sectors.
Category:Starships 
List category for individual starships.
Category:Starship classes 
List category for all starship classes.

Production POV categories

These categories are used on production articles, which are written from the real world POV.

Episodes 
List categories for episodes of all the series and movies.
Performers 
List categories for all performers in the series and movies.

Maintenance categories

We also use categories to help with the regular maintenance task of listing specific articles somewhere ("attention needed", "featured article" etc.) by creating a category and adding it to the relevant template. The prefix "Memory Alpha" is used for all maintenance categories that are included via a template.

Category:Memory Alpha images 
category for all "images" uploaded on this site.
Category:Memory Alpha audio files 
category for all "audio files" uploaded on this site.
Category:Memory Alpha orphaned categories 
maintenance category for all "uncategorized categories".
Category:Memory Alpha featured articles 
category for all featured articles. Use via template {{featured}} only.
Category:Memory Alpha pages needing attention 
supercategory for "special" PNA categories - also category for PNAs that don't belong on those subcategories. Use via template {{pna}} only.
Category:Memory Alpha inaccurate articles 
category for "inaccurate" PNAs. Use via template {{pna-inaccurate}} only.
Category:Memory Alpha incomplete articles 
category for "incomplete" PNAs. Use via template {{pna-incomplete}} only.
Category:Memory Alpha unformatted articles 
category for "unformatted" PNAs. Use via template {{pna-unformatted}} only.

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