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Help with linking & organization (advanced)


  1. Faking categories
    1. Will we eventually have "real" categories?
  2. How are things organized, then?

Faking categories

Those familiar with MediaWiki based wikis may be familiar with Categories, which are special pages that show all pages containing text that looks a little something like this:


We do not have categories at wikispot, but there is a way to fake them. Simply create an entry such as Categories/Categoryname, and place inside it a description of the category followed by the code [[LinksHere]]. Then, anytime someone links to it (via ["Category/Categoryname"] or a variant), the page linked to the category will appear in the category.

The downside is that we cannot link directly to a category without also being included in the category.

Will we eventually have "real" categories?

Yes, we're planning on implementing a "real" category system. However, we want ours to be a bit more powerful — we want to be able to express relationships between pages and values. Examples include "phone number is (555) 555-5555", "location is -123.456, 54.23" and also simple "tags" like "wifi." Think of this as "tags with values."

There's [sycamore]more over here.

How are things organized, then?

It's best to look around some large existing wikis. The [davis]Davis Wiki, for instance, keeps things organized by creating pages for the different categories and linking to the other pages. This is conceptually easy for newcomers to understand, allows for the page to be laid out in the way you want, and is usually just as much work as the typical "category-tagging" method.

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