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When to Use Categories

At least one category should always be included on each page. If you are making an article about a park/store/bar or any other place, you should include the category for the town or neighborhood that it is in. If you're making an article about a person, give them a category for the place(s) they live(d). Don't go crazy with categories, but try to include all appropriate ones for the article you're working on.

How to Use Categories

To add an article to a category put the following at the end of the page you are editing:


where {Name} is the name of the category you want to add it to. Any number of category tags may be added to the page - the page will be listed in all of them.

You can also specify an additional {Sort} parameter that dictates where the page will appear, alphabetically, within the category. This is achieved by using the following markup:


So for example, to add this page to the 'Help' category, you would use:


Note that we used 'Categories' as the sort parameter. Without this the page would be listed under 'H' for 'Help:Categories', instead of under 'C', which is more useful. Other situations where you might want to use the sort parameter is when you have articles about people that are titled as FirstName LastName but within the category you want them listed as LastName, FirstName.

Note: the {sort} parameter does not affect how the page title is displayed within the category listing, just how it is ordered. In the above example, the link to this page will still be 'Help:Categories', and not 'Categories' as you might expect!

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