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Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Speedy

Speedy renaming or speedy merging of categories may be requested only if they meet a speedy criterion, for example WP:C2D (consistency with main article's name) or WP:C2C (consistency with established category tree names). Please see instructions below.

  1. Determine which speedy criterion applies
  2. Tag category with {{subst:cfr-speedy|New name}}
  3. List request along with speedy criteria reason under "Current requests" below on this page

Please note that a speedy request must state which of the narrowly defined criteria strictly applies. Hence, any other non-speedy criteria, even "common sense" or "obvious", may be suitable points but only at a full discussion at WP:Categories for discussion.

Request may take 48 hours to process after listing if there are no objections. This delay allows other users to review the request to ensure that it meets the speedy criteria for speedy renaming or merging, and to raise objections to the proposed change.

Categories that qualify for speedy deletion (per Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion, e.g. "patent nonsense", "recreation") can be tagged with the regular speedy tags, such as {{db|reason}} with no required delay. Empty categories can be deleted if they remain empty 7 days after tagging with {{db-empty}}. Renaming under C2E can also be processed instantly as it is a variation on G7.

Contested speedy requests become stale, and can be un-tagged and de-listed after 7 days of inactivity. Optionally, if the discussion may be useful for future reference, it may be copied to the category talk page, with a section heading and {{moved discussion from|[[WP:CFDS]]|2=~~~~}}. If the nominator wants to continue the process, it may be requested regularly at WP:Categories for discussion (CfD) in accordance with its instructions.


Speedy criteriaEdit

The category-specific criteria for speedy renaming, or merging are strictly limited to:

C2A: Typographic and spelling fixesEdit

  • Correction of spelling errors and capitalization fixes. Differences between British and American spelling (e.g. Harbours → Harbors) are not considered errors; however if the convention of the relevant category tree is to use one form over the other then a rename may be appropriate under C2C. If both spellings exist as otherwise-identical category names, they should be merged.
  • Appropriate conversion of hyphens into en dashes or vice versa (e.g. Category:Canada-Russia relations → Category:Canada–Russia relations).

C2B: Consistency with established Wikipedia naming conventions and practicesEdit

C2C: Consistency with established category tree namesEdit

Bringing a category into line with established naming conventions for that category tree, or into line with the various "x by y", "x of y", or "x in y" categorization conventions specified at Wikipedia:Category names

  • This should be used only where there is no room for doubt that the category in question is being used for the standard purpose instead of being a potential subcategory.
  • This criterion should be applied only when there is no ambiguity or doubt over the existence of a category naming convention. Such a convention must be well defined and must be overwhelmingly used within the tree. If this is not the case then the category in question must be brought forward to a full Cfd nomination.
  • This criterion will not apply in cases where the category tree observes distinctions in local usage (e.g. Category:Transportation in the United States and Category:Transport in the United Kingdom).

C2D: Consistency with main article's nameEdit

  • Renaming a topic category to match its eponymous page (e.g. Category:The Beatles and The Beatles).
  • This applies only if the related page's current name (and by extension, the proposed name for the category) is unambiguous, and uncontroversial – either because of longstanding stability at that particular name, or because the page was just moved (i) after a page move discussion resulted in explicit consensus to rename, or (ii) unilaterally to reflect an official renaming which is verified by one or more citations (provided in the nomination). If the page names are controversial or ambiguous in any way, then this criterion does not apply, even if an article is the primary topic of its name.
  • This criterion also does not apply if there is any ongoing discussion about the name of the page or category, or if there has been a recent discussion concerning any of the pages that resulted in a no consensus result.

C2E: Author requestEdit

  • This criterion applies only if the author of a category requests or agrees to renaming within six months of creating the category.
  • The criterion does not apply if other editors have populated or changed the category since it was created. "Other editors" includes bots that populated the category, but excludes an editor working with the author on the renaming.

C2F: One eponymous articleEdit

  • This criterion applies if the content of the category consists of an eponymous article only, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories, where applicable.

Admin instructionsEdit

When handling the listings:

  1. Make sure that the listing meets one of the above criteria.
  2. With the exception of C2E, make sure that it was both listed and tagged at least 48 hours previously.
  3. Make sure that there are no opposition to the listing; if there is a discussion, check if the opposing user(s) ended up withdrawing their opposition.

If the listing meets these criteria, simply have the category renamed or merged – follow the instructions at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Administrator instructions, in the section "If the decision is to Rename, Merge, or Delete"; to list it for the bots, use the Speedy moves section.

Applying speedy criteria in full discussionsEdit

  • A nomination to merge or rename, brought forward as a full CfD, may be speedily closed if the closing administrator is satisfied that:
    • The nomination clearly falls within the scope of one of the criteria listed here, and
    • No objections have been made within 48 hours of the initial nomination.
  • If both these conditions are satisfied, the closure will be regarded as having been as a result of a speedy nomination. If any objections have been raised then the CfD nomination will remain in place for the usual 7-day discussion period, to be decided in accordance with expressed consensus.

Add requests for speedy renaming and merging hereEdit

If the category and desired change do not match one of the criteria mentioned in C2, do not list it here. Instead, list it in the main CFD section.

If you are in any doubt as to whether it qualifies, do not list it here.

Use the following format on a new line at the beginning of the list:

* [[:Category:old name]] to [[:Category:new name]] – Reason ~~~~

This will sign and datestamp an entry automatically.

Remember to tag the category with: {{subst:Cfr-speedy|New name}}

A request may be completed if it is more than 48 hours old; that is, if the time stamp shown is earlier than 02:55, 16 August 2019 (UTC). Currently, there are 101 open requests (refresh).

Current requestsEdit

  • It's C2D per Alle Benassi. However the category is empty at the moment. Oculi (talk) 18:13, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Opposed requestsEdit

Thanks. Fixed. Now Category:Catholics, so should be good to go. PPEMES (talk) 14:28, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
That's the thing. Not all pertain(ed) to the Papal states. Cf. black nobility. PPEMES (talk) 12:32, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Oppose all - this is an example where the category needs disambiguation. Oculi (talk) 10:45, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
Would you mind suggesting a better name at the talk page of the main article then? PPEMES (talk) 11:13, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
I can perceive no problem with the present names. Oculi (talk) 11:36, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
All that was needed was to change {{cat main}} to {{cat more}}. – Fayenatic London 20:47, 23 July 2019 (UTC)
On hold pending other discussionEdit
  • Category:Bassas da India C2F: One eponymous article. An uninhabited athol Rathfelder (talk) 08:33, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
    • Support. Another editor put this category on full CfD but I suppose that discussion can be procedurally closed. Marcocapelle (talk) 09:09, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
    • I agree with bringing to CfD. This process is for renames and mergers, thus the eponymous article here should technically be upmerged to Category:Wikipedia categories named after islands, which wouldn't make sense. I don't disagree with speedy deletion for such categories, but perhaps there should be a C3 criteria with a requirement being tagged for 7 days prior to deletion. StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 18:00, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
      • Are you formally opposing the Speedy nomination? If so we should un-close the full CFD. The C2F rule says merge to parents where applicable; in this case it would not be applicable. Moreover, the member article is already suitably categorised. The point of merging to parents is to avoid removing the article from relevant hierarchies if the article is not currently in them directly. Sometimes an editor places an article into a new sub-category in place of the existing (parent) categories. – Fayenatic London 22:18, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
        • I oppose C2F as valid criteria for speedy deletion as it does not belong in a venue intended primarily for renames (it's "CfR speedy" for a reason). StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 00:58, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
          • There is also {{cfm-speedy}}. In this case, the page could have been tagged to merge it to any of the former parents that user:Hmains removed in 2015, see Special:diff/657233609. As it happens, the article is already in all of those.
          • Is the basic issue that C2F was made live with too short a consultation period, and needs further discussion? – Fayenatic London 07:42, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Category:Koukoulion Delete – C2F.: One eponymous file. Rathfelder (talk) 14:00, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
    • Oppose A file can be named anything and a file does not meet the criteria of an eponymous article. StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 18:00, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Category:NK Troglav 1918 Livno Delete – C2F: only one eponymous article Rathfelder (talk) 20:49, 7 August 2019 (UTC)
    • This venue is not for speedy deletion of categories. Are you requesting upmerging per C2F? If deletion is warranted, a 7-day wait such as done for speedy deletion requests of empty categories should be implemented. StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 18:00, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
Moved to full discussionEdit
  • @Armbrust: The list has a broader scope than the category, since the list contains both dukes and kings. On that basis, are you willing to withdraw your opposition? Marcocapelle (talk) 18:34, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
  • @Armbrust: The list has a broader scope than the category, since the list contains both judges and kings. On that basis, are you willing to withdraw your opposition? Marcocapelle (talk) 18:35, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Category:New Left in China to Category:Chinese New Left – C2D: Per my page move of Chinese New Left (diff), and there are no other New Left by nation categories it needs to conform to—Nizolan (talk · c.) 12:07, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
    • Oppose as speedy; sorry, but this doesn't qualify for C2D – see criteria above. Either wait, say, a couple of months ("longstanding" is not defined), or make a full WP:CFD nomination. – Fayenatic London 20:43, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
      • @Fayenatic london: The move request was suggested explicitly 12 years ago and has been unopposed since then, I'm fairly sure it's "uncontroversial and unambiguous". But I'll take it to CfD if desired. —Nizolan (talk · c.) 20:46, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
Actually Fayenatic london my mistake—sorry—I didn't look through the page history carefully enough and missed that the main article had already been at Chinese New Left for some time and was moved without discussion at a later date. So you're right, I'll take it to full CfD. —Nizolan (talk · c.) 20:53, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
Discussion started at Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2019_July_30#Category:New_Left_in_ChinaNizolan (talk · c.) 21:07, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
Not relisted at CFD 2019 Aug 9. Armbrust The Homunculus 13:21, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Ready for deletionEdit

Check Category:Empty categories awaiting deletion for out of process deletions. In some cases, these will need to be nominated for discussion and the editor who emptied the category informed that they should follow the WP:CFD process.

Once the renaming has been completed, copy and paste the listing to the Ready for deletion section of Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working/Manual.