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(Proposed systems: analysis of existing Cat structure based on tree-based paradigms.)
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==Current Organization==
 
==Current Organization==
Currently page are sorted into one of 74 [[Special:Categories|Categories]]
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Currently page are sorted into one of 81 [[Special:Categories|Categories]]. Of those 16 are not subcategories (see [[Special:UncategorizedCategories]]).
  
==Problems==
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The wiki is organized according to a Tree System with the main page as a root. Each page about something general has links to things more specifici.e. Main page -> mechanics -> magic -> thinkamancy -> thinkagram. We us redundant trees to organize by multiple paradigms.
*Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it can be difficult to get a sense of what's here.
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**There is no intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
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*Categories are uncategorizedThe [[Special:Categories|Categories]] page has too many entires for easy browsing.
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==Proposed systems==
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==Goals==
*Tree System
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*Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it should be easy to get a sense of what's here.
**The main page would be the root
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**There should be an intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
**Each page about something general would point have links to things more specifici.e. Main page ->mechanics -> magic -> thinkamancy -> thinkagram
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*Categories should be categorizedEach [[Special:Categories|Category]] should have a browsable number of pages and sub-categories
**Redundant trees could be added for multiple paradigms.
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*Pages should not have redundant categories.  For instance is some thing is a [[stat]] and a mechanic, it only needs to be included in the [[:Category:Stats|stat category]]; because that category itself is within mechanics and implies it's members are to.
  
===Potential Structure===
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==Paradigms==
In looking through the categories already extent in the wiki, there are only a handful of top-level categories for content:
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These are the paradigms in use to organize the wiki. With each paradigm is a short list of example categories to provide an idea of how the paradigm characterizes the pages.
  
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===Subject based===
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* [[:Category:Wiki]] (Containing page about the maintenance, improvement, and structure of this wiki)
 
* [[:Category:Comic]] (containing actual comic pages, comic structure, and creator bios)
 
* [[:Category:Comic]] (containing actual comic pages, comic structure, and creator bios)
 
* [[:Category:Erfworld Mechanics]] (purporting to encapsulate anything that covers the "physics" of Erfworld)
 
* [[:Category:Erfworld Mechanics]] (purporting to encapsulate anything that covers the "physics" of Erfworld)
 
* [[:Category:Erfworld Culture]] (an umbrella under which the social and cultural dynamics of Erfworld live)
 
* [[:Category:Erfworld Culture]] (an umbrella under which the social and cultural dynamics of Erfworld live)
 
* [[:Category:History of Erfworld]] (potential home for battle analysis and events pages/cats]]
 
* [[:Category:History of Erfworld]] (potential home for battle analysis and events pages/cats]]
* [[:Category:Fanon]] (surprisingly well organized compared to the rest of the wiki)
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* [[:Category:Fanon]] (Listed twice because it's subjects seem to be kept separate from other origins' subjects)
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* [[:Category:Characters]] (Containing pages about the characters)
  
There is also, at present, a second, parallel tree structure based on content type and "value":
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===Origin based===
  
 
* [[:Category:Canon]]
 
* [[:Category:Canon]]
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* [[:Category:Analysis]]
 
* [[:Category:Analysis]]
 
* [[:Category:Disambiguation]]
 
* [[:Category:Disambiguation]]
 
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* [[:Category:Fanon]] (surprisingly well organized compared to the rest of the wiki)
So, there are two existing paradigms under which most of the regular content pages live.  As such, perhaps it is just an issue of codifying and enforcing those paradigms more effectively.
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[[Category:Wiki]]
 
[[Category:Wiki]]

Revision as of 19:57, 19 November 2009

Current Organization

Currently page are sorted into one of 81 Categories. Of those 16 are not subcategories (see Special:UncategorizedCategories).

The wiki is organized according to a Tree System with the main page as a root. Each page about something general has links to things more specific. i.e. Main page -> mechanics -> magic -> thinkamancy -> thinkagram. We us redundant trees to organize by multiple paradigms.

Goals

  • Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it should be easy to get a sense of what's here.
    • There should be an intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
  • Categories should be categorized. Each Category should have a browsable number of pages and sub-categories
  • Pages should not have redundant categories. For instance is some thing is a stat and a mechanic, it only needs to be included in the stat category; because that category itself is within mechanics and implies it's members are to.

Paradigms

These are the paradigms in use to organize the wiki. With each paradigm is a short list of example categories to provide an idea of how the paradigm characterizes the pages.

Subject based

Origin based