Konkani Wikipedia being a multi script Wikipedia has to deal with unique challenges about page categorisation that are straightforward in other Wikipedias. What script(s) should the category name be in? Can we apply a single category to pages in different scripts?
Till now there has been no policy about naming convention of categories. Some categories have been in English, some have been applied across different scripts, some have multiscript names. Categories have been used very inconsistently and as a result their usefulness has decreased.
This RfC is an attempt to develop a standard and use it in future.
- All category names must be in Konkani.
- Three main tracking categories have been created for adding to all pages in Devanagari, Romi and Kannada scripts. They are [[वर्ग:देवनागरी पानां]], [[वर्ग:Romi panam]] and [[वर्ग:ಕನ್ನಡ್ ಪಾನಾಂ]]. We can create aliases in different scripts and redirect them for use by those who don't know all scripts. वर्ग:Romi panam has already been successfully added to all existing Romi pages using AWB. It is possible to develop a bot to automatically add these categories in future. In addition to tracking all the pages in a category, this will also be useful in future if we have to run a bot only on specific script pages.
- Categories with multiscript names will be made obsolete. One of things that was tried was keeping category name in two scripts, like वर्ग:गोंय/gõy and use this for pages in both scripts. This has the disadvantage of making it harder to use for people who know only one script. This is also difficult to type since we have to switch between keyboards. Categories with multiscript names can be made obsolete with development of सांचो:Lipi. We can create categories in individual scripts and link them together using the Lipi template. So for example गोंय/gõy will be split into वर्ग:गोंय amd वर्ग:gõy and linked using Lipi template. All existing multiscript categories will be eventually sorted into individual script categories and deleted.
- A category should be added only to pages in the same script. For example वर्ग:गोंय should be added only to pages in Devanagari and not for pages written in Romi or Kannada. If any category in a script currently doesn't exist, it can be created and linked together using Lipi template. An exception to this rule would be maintenance categories like [[वर्ग:Lipiantor korpachim panam]] and categories that are bundled with templates.
I welcome feedback about these and discuss improvements. We can then create a policy page based on concensus reached.