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This lesson is designed to introduce navigation tools we use on Nukapedia to help readers find what they are looking for, including categories, templates, and disambiguations.

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A category is used to link pages under a common topic and is added to the bottom of the article. Clicking the category name displays a list of articles in that category. All content pages (articles and files) should belong to at least one category.

It is easy for categories to get tricky, and is one of the toughest structural things to wrap your head around (at least it was for me) so don't be too worried if this seems confusing. The best way to determine what category an article should be placed in is by looking at similar articles. Like a large upside down tree, all categories start with Category:Main category and become more specific.


If you back, you will remember that category is one of the name spaces, and the way we write categories is like this:


To link to a category, without adding the article you are writing, write it like this, with a ":" in front:


To make a new category, you can write it as a red link, click on it, and create as you would any other article. Category names should generally be plural unless this is impossible or awkward to do - like Category:Fallout 76 roadways or Category:Fallout: New Vegas world objects.

Files (images)

Images have their own categories, which are usually the name of the subject + images, like Category:Fallout 3 world object images. Always categorize images in their special image subcategory.

Changing alphabetical order

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You have some options with categories to make them align differently. For example, if there is an article with its own identically named category, you can put it at the top of the list instead of alphabetized with everything else, by writing the category on the article like this:

[[Category:Gomorrah| ]]

If you look at the Gomorrah example here, instead of showing up under "G" in alphabetical order, now it stands at the top of the category.

You can also change the general alphabetical order with the vertical bar method. If I wanted something to be alphabetized differently, I can do the following. Let's say I wanted to have Category:Gomorrah characters show up in Category:Gomorrah under the letter "C" instead of "G" - I could write it like this:

Identically named subcategories

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For articles with their own identically named category, such as the article Gomorrah and the Category:Gomorrah, the only category the article should be under is it's own. That sounds confusing, because it is, so here is a visual.
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But what about all the other categories Gomorrah should be under such as Category:New Vegas Strip and Category:Omertas? Well, they are added to the category instead of the article. Here is another visual.

That way, the category Gomorrah and the article Gomorrah won't both show up under Fallout: New Vegas locations.

Avoiding redundancy

An important part of understanding categories is the idea that we should always avoid redundancy or duplication. Our policies lay this out clearly here, with the overarching best practice of:

A content page should be placed in only the most specific category out of a given branch of the category tree.— Nukapedia content guidelines

That means that a location would not be put under both Category:Locations and Category:Fallout: New Vegas locations, it would only be under the more specific one, Fallout: New Vegas locations. A character would not be categorized in Category:Fallout 3 characters and Category:Fallout 3 human characters, we would choose the more specific one, Category:Fallout 3 human characters.

It is completely fine for an article or category to be included in several categories. Just as long as they are all as specific as can be.

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The easiest way to look for the redundancies is spotting the category and article side by side. For example, the photo to the right, if you visit Category:Fallout 4 locations, you can see the article Suffolk County Charter School and Category:Suffolk County Charter School right next to each other. You can spot the duplicates this way and correct as needed.

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These types of pages are used for similar-named articles that may be ambiguous, or commonly mistaken for one another. Articles such as character and location names are frequently added to disambiguation pages, or quests and locations that share the same name. For example, everyone named Kate is listed here. If a link points to a disambiguation page, the link should be changed to point to the correct link out of the group.

These pages are started by adding
to the top of a new page, followed by the list.

Not all pages need disambig pages, just ones that would help with the confusion of many similarly-named pages, especially when using a suffix such as a game name or location in parenthesis.

* Characters:
** [[Kate (Fallout: New Vegas)]], [[Michael Angelo]]'s assistant in ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]''.
** [[Kate (dog)]], one of [[Evan O'Dood]]'s dogs in ''[[Fallout 4]]''.
** [[Smiling Kate]], one of [[Sinjin]]'s underlings in ''Fallout 4''.

You don't have to add a category to these pages, it will be automatically added to Category:Disambiguation. Make sure all items are completely spelled out, with no vertical bar. For example, it should be:

[[Kate (dog)]]
instead of
[[Kate (dog)|Kate]]

That way, the different Kates can be differentiated on sight without entering edit mode.

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The "for" template goes at the very top of an article, to help readers navigate between similarly named articles. For example, the towns Charleston and Charlestown are very close in name, and people might visit those articles on accident when searching for the other one, so we will add a line to the top to give them easy access to what they may have been looking for.

This is commonly used with character names, as many characters share names across the many games. In cases of character names, they commonly will point to disambiguation pages, that list every character with that name throughout the series. Only use these with characters that have a parenthesis, such as Kate (Fallout: New Vegas). If you look at that article, you will see the line at the top that points you to all the Kates!

{{for|all the characters named Kate|Kate}}

Looks like:

For all the characters named Kate, see Kate.

You can also add more than one "for" template by writing them like this:

{{for|an overview of juice variants|drinks|overview of mutfruit|mutfruit}}
For an overview of juice variants, see drinks.
For overview of mutfruit, see mutfruit.

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