Wiktionary:Votes/2011-10/Categories of names 3

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Categories of names 3[edit]

  • History / administrative note: Wiktionary:Votes/2011-07/Categories of names proposed almost precisely what this vote does: renaming certain categories. It failed, and some (but certainly not all) of the votes in opposition mentioned reasons that are no longer relevant now that Wiktionary:Votes/2011-08/Categories of names 2, proposing that the only entries in "Category:en:Rivers" be English names of rivers, has passed. Hence this vote.
  • Voting on:
    All the categories listed in the "Voting on" section of Wiktionary:Votes/2011-08/Categories of names 2 shall be renamed as follows:
    • "Category:en:Rivers" shall be renamed "Category:English names of rivers";
    • "Category:fr:Rivers" shall be renamed "Category:French names of rivers";
    • etc.
  • Vote starts: 00:01, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Vote ends: 23.59, 25 November 2011 (UTC)


  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support --Daniel 08:26, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support.​—msh210 (talk) 15:39, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg SupportCodeCat 15:43, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg Support, language names are better for usability than language codes, IMO. Mglovesfun (talk) 16:18, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
    And I second that. --Daniel 04:40, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support Caladon 16:09, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
  6. Symbol support vote.svg Support Ivan Štambuk 15:29, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
  7. Symbol support vote.svg Support Maria Sieglinda von Nudeldorf 10:01, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
  8. Symbol support vote.svg Support since this clarifies right in the title that it's not a topical category, although I would still prefer to see Category:Names of rivers (English), Category:Names of rivers (French), and similarly the full language name for all categories. DAVilla 04:33, 27 November 2011 (UTC)


  1. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose this creates an amusing "split" in the topical category system which makes us look amateurish and, unless these categories are taken out of the topical category system entirely, I cannot support. The names also seem too long to me. -- Liliana 14:35, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
    agreed, but I'm supporting because I hope that the next step will be for all topical categories to use language names and not codes. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:26, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
    But these categories are no longer topical: they no longer are categories about rivers: they are only categories for names of rivers. They're like "English nouns" or "English numerals" (or whatever we call it).​—msh210 (talk) 00:13, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    ...which are named after their contents rather than their contents' referents like the topical categories.​—msh210 (talk) 20:09, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
  2. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Rockpilot 00:55, 30 October 2011 (UTC) I don't see how this is really different from the previous votes, which both were flawed and resulted in me typing more for something that does the same thing. But it is a flexible "oppose" --Rockpilot 00:55, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  3. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose It seems like making it more cumbersome than easier, more to type. Some may decide to call a language differently Sinhala/Sinhalese, etc. --Anatoli 23:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  4. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose There's less reason than ever to change the short, clear names now that Vote 2 has established that they mean exactly what you'd suppose: names of countries and stars. --Makaokalani 16:32, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
  5. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Of course Avon isn't an actual river - it's a word! (the name of a river). SemperBlotto 16:52, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
    How does this fact relates to your opposition? Please tell me. --Daniel 17:12, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
    Because it is obvious that "Category:en:Rivers" actually refers to the "names" of rivers. SemperBlotto 17:15, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
    I don't know... Is it obvious that "Category:en:Games" refers only to the names of games? Because there's plenty of other stuff in there. Equinox 20:26, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
  6. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Because they are too long. Maro 17:35, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
  7. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Ƿidsiþ 16:13, 12 November 2011 (UTC)


  1. Symbol abstain vote.svg Abstain Cred că...nu-mi pasă. Să mă spună cineva, dacă se schimbă ceva. — [Ric Laurent] — 20:54, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  2. Symbol abstain vote.svg Abstain. Dan Polansky 10:49, 31 October 2011 (UTC) It comes down to whether topical categories should be named in long names. The poll Wiktionary:Beer_parlour_archive/2011/May#Straw poll: Topical category languages shows only a very thin majority in support of long names. On another note, the discussed categories are still topical categories: they classify terms by their referents rather than by their grammatical or etymological features. Even if a category is called "English names of rivers" and thus having a name that refers to the terms as syntactic objects, it is still a topical category, much like a category that would be called "English terms relating to physics". --Dan Polansky 10:49, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    It refers to terms by the referents, yes, but not the same way category:en:Physics does. The latter includes all terms on the topic of physics. The "rivers" category includes only proper nouns, names of rivers. It's not topical.​—msh210 (talk) 14:39, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    I agree that the category for rivers is not "topical" in the sense of "containing all words relating to the topic of 'rivers'". But, by the same token, the category for "mammals" that only contains terms that are hyponyms of "mammal" rather than, say, "mammary gland" would also be non-topical. Thus, in the contrast topical-vs-grammatical-vs-etymological, I still think the category is a topical one, as much as Category:en:Mammals. In any case, we can agree that the category is neither grammatical ("English nouns") nor etymological ("English terms derived from Latin") nor morphological ("English nouns suffixed with '-hood'"). We can furthermore note that the category for rivers (Category:en:Rivers) is a subcategory of Category:en:Geography, which is an undisputed topical category. --Dan Polansky 15:08, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    I agree with Dan that these categories are something between topical and PoS, and also unlike given name categories. Changing the names of categories won't turn them into parts of speech. Why, actually, must categories be either topical or parts of speech? Who invented this idea? The main thing about a category is (1.) that it's useful, and (2.) that we agree which words to put into it. The names of the categories are trivial, and short names are better than long ones. "Category:en:Nouns" would make perfect sense as long as it says there:"This category contains English nouns", just like "Category:en:Physics" says: "This category contains English terms related to physics". It's as if we had decided that the name of a category must reflect whether it contains words describing animate or inanimate objects, and then we'd spend hours debating and voting whether e.g. pronouns are animate or inanimate.--Makaokalani 16:48, 3 November 2011 (UTC)


  • Fails as lacking consensus (7–7–2 plus a late vote in support).​—msh210 (talk) 04:50, 27 November 2011 (UTC)