Help:Categorising Guidelines

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Not only is this page a work in progress, but the guidelines themselves are also a work in progress!

Here are some rules/guidelines for what categories to add to what pages.

General Rules

  • Every page (except for subpages maybe) should have at least one category. If you cannot figure out which category to give to a page, leave it be and someone else will come along to fix it. You can also ask the the Gardeners.
  • In general, do not add parent categories of the category you want to add. For example, add the "Audio" category to the Spork! An Erotic Love Story page, but do not add "Fan Activities".
  • Most pages about fandom-specific topics get a fandom category if one is available. Use the most specific fandom category available. For example, add "Harry Potter Characters" to the Hermione Granger page, but do not add "Harry Potter".
  • Add date categories where applicable. Date categories can be found under Category:Chronology.

Fan Community Pages


Fan Activity Pages

Add a subcategory under Fan Activities if one is applicable. Otherwise, add [[Category:Fan Activities]].


  • Category:Archives (automatically included if you use the template)
  • fandom category or [[Category:Multifandom Archives]]
  • date or decade categories if known
  • fan activity category (except Fiction Writing) for the types of fanworks archived
  • for the few articles about physical libraries and archives that store fannish material, also include [[Category:Offline Spaces]]

Because the Fiction Writing category is so large and because a majority of archives listed on Fanlore contain fiction, the Archives category is a subcategory under Fiction Writing. Fiction archive pages should not be categorized under Fiction Writing.

Fandom Pages

A general overview of a fandom should have:

  • a fandom category
  • if there is no fandom category, and the fandom is based on a particular source text, add [[Category:Fandoms by Source Text]]
  • one or more fandom by canon type subcategories if applicable

A timeline or historical overview of a fandom should have:

An overview of a certain aspect of the fandom should have:

  • a fandom category
  • one or more Fan Activities subcategories if applicable

Overviews of fan activity for a particular character or pairing are treated below.

See also Help:Fandoms By Source Text and Help:RPF_pages.

Character Pages

Articles about fannish engagement with a particular character should have:

  • a fandom category

FPF characters pages also should have:

RPF character pages also should have:

  • the People category (automatically included when you use the person infobox template)
  • [[Category:Celebrities & Real People]]
  • a subcategory under Category:Celebrities & Real People if applicable.

See also Help:Character_pages.

Relationship Pages

For pairings, threesomes, moresomes, and gen relationships:


Fanworks Pages

For zines, see Help:Zines.

For other types of fanworks, see Help:Fanworks.

Glossary Pages

If you use the glossary template, the glossary category will be automatically included. If not, copy & paste [[Category:Glossary]] into the page.

Include a fandom category if the glossary term is fandom-specific.

See also Help:Glossary.

People and Fan Pages


Trope Pages, Genre Pages


More on Adding Date Categories

Add a date, decade, or century category to articles on topics that have well-defined dates. That is, articles about fanworks, archives, websites, conventions, and other miscellaneous events. Do not give date categories to fandoms or people.

Topics that span several years (such as Escapade) should be given decade categories rather than every single year. Topics that span several decades (such as Worldcon) should be given century categories rather than every single decade.

Like with fandom categories, create year categories when the decade category becomes too large and there are enough pages for each year (10-15ish).

Images and Files

Files should have categories if at all possible. Current practice is to add only a date and a fandom category if there is one. Some files (such as photos of ancient zine-making tools and banners for multifandom sites) may not be easily categorized under one (or two) fandom(s): you can either assign another category that fits or leave it for someone else to figure out.

Draft rules

  • Images of fanworks (typically visual or print media, or fancrafts) that are clearly made for/about a particular fandom should be given only a fandom category or subcategory. Examples of such categories include Merlin podbook covers, and Doctor Who zines.
  • Photographs of people or conventions or fan activities should be sorted into categories such as Category:Commentators or Category:Fans.
  • Screencaps of websites should be sorted into Category:Websites or into one of its subcategories. (For example, a rec site screencap would get Category:Recommendation Sites.) If applicable, they should be given a fandom-specific category.
  • Images related to Filk that are multifannish/more about Filk than a given media fandom should be sorted into Category:Filk Music.

You can see a list of all uncategorized files here.