[WikiEN-l] Category:Criminals // Category:American Criminals

Molu loom91 at yahoo.com
Thu May 11 07:19:42 UTC 2006

First of all naming a category Criminals violates NPOV. Change it to something like People convicted of crime by a court. Then create any (objective and NPOV) subcategories you like and categorise articles into these. However we do not restrict categorisation into a parent category, such articles have to be manually recategorized.

  On Wed, 10 May 2006 12:35:37 -0700, jf_wikipedia at mac.com wrote:

>I would like to hear your opinion on these categories and their 
>compliance with [[Wikipedia:Categorization of people]]

>My concern is that people are using Category:Criminals // 
>Category:American Criminals as a way to push negative POVs aginst 
>such persons (regardless if the person is alive or dead). The reason 
>for my concern is that it indiscriminately group people as diverse 
>as person that was convicted from stealing a pair of jeans at Wal- 
>Mart with serial killers, rapists and the like.

>See for example the bio of [[Ron_Karenga]] (http://en.wikipedia.org/ 
>wiki/Ron_Karenga). In his biography it is described that "in 1965, 
>and in 1971 was convicted of felony assault of two of the group's 
>female members, for which he spent time in prison", so he was added 
>to the Category:Criminals. That IMO, is not acceptable.

>One possibility would be to restrict the addition to people to the 
>main category "Criminals" and request that people are added to a 
>specific sub-category of[[:Category:Criminals]]. And if such sub- 
>category does not exists, either to create a new subcat, or simply 
>not adding a category.

>I am interested to hear what other editors think on this matter, and 
>what can be done to curtail abuse of this category.

>-- Jossi
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