Wiki categories

From U of M Internal Medicine Wiki

This page is intended to be a "how to" article of organizing Wiki pages using categories.

Mediawiki allows you to put articles into one or more categories. The wiki automatically keeps track of all categories on the Special:Categories page.

Categories are similar to the folders you might have made in a fileshare to group documents together so you can find them later. They are better than folders, though, because you can put articles into many categories so you don't have to decide if you want to e.g. file by person or by concept. For example, the article about a section head would be in the section head category, but also in their section category.

This is helpful to find and group articles. For example, you might be looking for the person in charge of dermatology but for some reason you can't find it because you don't know their title "section head". If you find another article related to dermatology you will see at the bottom that it is in the "dermatology" category. If you click on that category all other articles in that category will be listed, one of them being the one about the section head.

To add a category to an article add the following to the bottom of the article while editing:

[[Category:<replace with [[:Special:Categories|existing]] (if available) or new category>]]

For example:

[[Category:Policy]]

If the category you use does not exist yet, the wiki will create it and group all further articles with the same category on that category's page. Check the Special:Categories page before you create a new category to make sure a similar one does not already exist.

Suggestions on how to categorize:

  1. Categorized by topic. For example, the category of Finance should contain articles related to the topic of finance.
  2. Articles should have multiple categories in them. For example, an article on travel relates to the topics of Finance and Travel. Some articles on travel may relate to the category Policy.
  3. Create subcategories. Subcategories ensure that users find what they are looking for faster. At its basic level, a subcategory, X is a category, Y. Eg. the subcategory (X) Red is a subcategory (Y) Colour.
  4. After you create a subcategory, edit it and add the category(ies) it is part of at the bottom of the page.

A "Real World" Example-Finance With the, for example, you can create the subcategories of WRHA Finance, U of M Finance, and UMG Finance. WRHA Finance could have subcategories HSC Finance and STB Finance.


Special tip: click on the (+) at the end of the category listing at the bottom of the page for an easy way to add categories.


See also

Links on the wiki

Special:Categories