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Right, so I've noticed that a lot of game-specific categories have been added to other, higher-level categories. For example, look at the Keese category. It's insanely over-categorized. Part of the problem is that a lot of enemy species have been added to various "race" categories, which I disagree with, but the main problem seems to be that (for example) the "OoT enemies" category, the "MM enemies category", the "TP enemies" category, etc. have all been added to the "Keese" category, when they really shouldn't be. And I've seen a lot of these on enemy categories and whatnot. So... what does everyone think about this? —Ceiling Master 16:12, June 16, 2016 (UTC)

I fully agree and support your point. It is even basically incorrect in terms of categorisation usefulness on wikis, categories are used primarily to facilitate and clarify the storage articles. Then the categories tree should remain clear and logic. Categories cannot be "categorised" like articles!WiseAdventurer (talk) 18:13, June 16, 2016 (UTC)
Gleeok Skeleton (Oracle of Seasons)
Sir Real – I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream.
Agreed. Categories themselves should not be subject to so much categorization; we should save this sort of thing for articles. Furthermore, we need to make a clear definition for "race," so that we can stop seeing certain kinds of enemies categorized under races. For some enemies, like Bokoblins, it makes sense, but Keese? I propose we restrict the "race" categorization to groups that have something of a culture and have specific characters. For instance, Moblins would be a race; even though they're typically enemies, we have seen specific characters who are Moblins, like the Secret Moblin, the Great Moblin, and Moe. On the other hand, Darknuts would not be considered a race, since even though they seem to be somewhat intelligent, there are no characters that I know of that are Darknuts.
Aquamentus (Oracle of Seasons)
Oni Dark Link – "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw"
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My opinion stands as pretty much everything that's been said here so far.
Pedestal of Time (Ocarina of Time)
Jedimasterlink – Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. --Albert Einstein
Fully agreed with everything said so far. The way these categories have been set up is frankly a mess, and I'm over here kicking myself for not noticing just how deep this category nonsense had gone.
Well now, just dropped by to see how things are turning out, but it seems everyone has agreed with each other. I do slightly wonder how we are going to get rid of all these "useless" categories though, considering the seemingly numerous amounts that are on this wiki. Is there a quick way of deleting them, or do we have to erase them one at a time?--Zakitaro (talk) 13:52, June 17, 2016 (UTC)
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Oni Dark Link – "Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words, "Wait and hope"- Edmound Datez, the Count of Monty Cristo"
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Deleting them isn't the troublesome part. It's removing the category from all the pages it's been added to after it's deleted. I suppose we could use a bot but I don't believe anyone who manages the site's bot is still around. I should learn to take over that.
Wallmaster (Ocarina of Time)
Ceiling Master – "No! Try not! Do or do not. There is no try." —Yoda
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Yeah, without AWB, it all has to be done manually, but once we get a clear consensus on what needs to go, it shouldn't take that long. Like JML, I've been kicking myself for not noticing how far this went, but it's not completely irreparable.
I have just seen that all your bot users have not edited for a long time. I am a AWB user in some wikis, and I am a member (rollback) of the Xenoblade Wiki team along with CM, I manage a flagged bot there. Even though I do not have a flagged bot here, I can use AWB with my user profile in manual or semi-automatic modes according to the Wikia recommendations. If you want me to help you in Zeldapedia, do not hesitate to ask me for help. I can even ask the Wikia team for a bot flag in this wiki if you (the team and the community) want.WiseAdventurer (talk) 16:02, June 17, 2016 (UTC)
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Oni Dark Link – "If history is to change, let it change! If the world is to be destroyed, so be it! If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh!" — Magus"
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That could be a major help. We'll have to see exactly which catagories are staying or not staying first however.
Wallmaster (Ocarina of Time)
Ceiling Master – "You spoony bard!" —Tellah
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Upon further investigation, I've found the problem not only in Races, but also Enemies, Items, Locations, and Characters.

For example, the Fairy Clothing, Temples, and Sages categories are all inflated, so I almost wonder if AWB would be more harm then help if we used it. Like, we can't just remove every page from a category, we have to pick and choose which ones belong.

There is another point, an inconsistency in name, singular or plural, for example Category:Blin and Category:Babas (Category:Keese does not work because of an invariable name) or Category:Fruit while Category:Seeds... If you want I can help you with AWB, it will be useful here, do not hesitate.

Also I think some very recently added categories are useless even pointless (and probably does not respect this wiki management decisions) regarding the wiki itself or the Zelda series , for example Category:Fruit, Category:Soup or Category:Wallets. What is your opinion? WiseAdventurer (talk) 10:55, June 26, 2016 (UTC)

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Oni Dark Link – "Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!

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Categories are present for the purpose of navigation and for keeping similar concepts grouped together. I can't imagine anyone coming to a soup page and wanting to know more about soup in the Zelda series, and if by any chance they do, they can search soup and find a disambiguation directing them to all the soups in the series. Likewise they are similar concepts to the extent that they are the same thing but in terms of actual functionality within the game and their purpose, it falls under health restoring item (or something else). That's the sort of metric and logic I think we need to use when determining what stays and what doesn't
Wallmaster (Ocarina of Time)
Ceiling Master – "Watch out for its shadow on the floor. Destroy it before it goes back up to the ceiling!" —Navi
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Okay, I've been through what I think is most of the categories and I've removed the game-specific categories where they were overinflated. If anyone finds any more, just remove them.

So that really just leaves the issue of which categories we think are useless. Some of the stuff, like Letters and Quivers, don't seem completely terrible, but I could still be persuaded to get rid of them. I agree with what Oni said, but I'd like to know what everyone else thinks, too.

Side note: Harp, Ocarina, and Mushroom are all singular and should be plural. However, I'm not going to change them yet, seeing as we may vote to remove them altogether.

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