[Foundation-l] Plethora of overlapping Categories

Rui Correia correia.rui at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 09:44:30 UTC 2011


I know I am in the wrong place for this. Normally this kind of thing would/
should go on the "discuss" pages, but category discuss pages don't attract
much attention.

If you consult Categories: Sailors/ Navigators/ Explorers, you will see that
quite a number of people are listed in these arguably (or not) overlapping
categories for the same activity/ feat/ achievement.

To put it into perspective, it makes sense to list a person in the
categories of [[poet]], [[playwright]], etc, but in each of these categories
such people would be different 'personae', with different works that make
them merit being classified a poet or a playwright.

On the other hand, to list - for example - Henry the Navigator/ Captain Cook
as [[sailor]], [[navigator]], [[explorer]] looks odd as the activity
undertaken to merit being given that title is only one. This is like calling
a farmer a tiller/ sower/ weeder/ harvester/ etc.

Generally, there is a problem with Categories, as many were created without
any regard to hierarchy - we have examples of names that appear under
"British explorers" or "15th century explorers", but then they are not
listed under "explorers".

Any ideas?

Best regards,


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Rui Correia
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