Category talk:Politicians

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Adopt a Politician[edit]

There's probably more than a few people who can help keep this page expanding, we have a lot of news on political figures and, as you go through our news you'll see there's still a lot of places where we give a direct link to wikipedia instead of to one of our categories, or the creation of a new one.

I'd like to build a more comprehensive list of people in this Category, and hopefully someone would like to dress up the page a bit. Below I'm going to list people who I think should be given their own categories, I'm inviting people to add to this list. I believe this is most appropriate here - even though some of the people who end up listed might not be politicians.

I'm particularly interested in seeing politicians from non-English speaking countries getting listed. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:38, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Orphans looking for care[edit]

Notable but not political[edit]

Political activist but not political? LOL. --SVTCobra 17:04, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

How to do the categorisation with AWB[edit]

AWB is the best tool for this, you can quickly build a list of candidate articles for adding the category to and automate a great deal of the corrections that should perhaps be done at the same time.

First, the following instructions were written using AutoWikiBrowser version The listed steps will allow you to build a template that can be re-processed to quickly find new articles on your victim.

  1. Once AWB is loaded, you're going to build a list of articles to check. In the bottom left of AWB there is a drop-down box with the prompt Make from. Set this to "Google search" and the box below changes to prompting Google search, enter the name in the box and click "Make list".
  2. You must now prune the list. Do this by clicking on the "Filter" button. Un-check all Namespaces except Article, click the Remove Duplicates and then click "Apply" button.
  3. Next, you need to set up all the automated corrections. The article list is build under (1) Make list. The options are under (2) Set options. Check apply general fixes, Unicodify whole article, Enable RegexTypoFix, and Skip non-existing pages. Various items should be entered under the "Find and replace" option, for example replacing quotes from Microsoft Word with regular " quotes then the Enabled checked. This last step should probably be done on its own and saved in your Default.xml. Then it will be applied to all sessions you save.
  4. Click on the More tag, and under the "Categories" heading select "Add Category" and enter the name of your victim. Check the Category changed box, this is for when you re-run to pick up new articles.
  5. Select (3) Start, enter a Summary:, usually "Add Category [[<victim's name>]]"
  6. Click Start the process.
  7. Check all corrections on each article, look out for "Alerts" beneath the article statistics, look for your victim's name in the article. First occurrence should go to our <nowki>[[<victim's name>]]</nowiki> article, second to the Wikipedia article, and any link in a picture can be either. A link in a picture and a duplicate in the article should be the only allowed "Multiple wiki-links".
  8. When you've finished your list - Ignoring articles which have been incorrectly matched, save settings - usually under the victim's name. You can then repeat the process above skipping many of the intermediate setup steps. Doing this periodically will keep the Categories from getting stale where new articles haven't been correctly categorised.

Category sort keys[edit]

On wikipedia they use a sort key for the categories, enabling it to be alphabetized by last name. (doable by {{DEFAULTSORT:sort key here}} (which works for all cats linked) or [[category:Foo|sortkey]]. Should we do that? Bawolff 04:15, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

I knew about the [[Category:John Doe|Doe John]] what should the exact syntax for the sort key be? --~~~~
{{defaultsort:Doe, John}} make [[category:John Doe]] =[[Category:John Doe|Doe John]], note lack of pipe. Causes page to be sorted as if you included the pipe thing you have above(and also sorts like that for any other category you include). Bawolff 05:02, 14 March 2007 (UTC)


Hello, Since I am new to Wikinews, I hope I don't mess anything up that anyone might have posted. I was wondering if we have a category that will be discussing the US Presidential election, particularly independent candidates?joe 21:55, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Probably. The best solution though is to create a portal with code that does a category addition of eletions and united states. Bawolff 23:41, 18 April 2007 (UTC)