Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/04/Category:Bays
Should Category:Bays be a subcategory of Category:Coasts? Bays can be either coastal or on lakes and reservoirs. Another editor has argued that Category:Bays of Wales should be a subcategory of Category:Coasts of Wales because nearly all bays in Wales are coastal. However, this produces a situation where images of bays on lakes high in the Welsh mountains are now part of the Category:Coasts of Wales category tree. I suppose that it could be argued that the shore of a lake is a "coast", but that seems to be stretching it a bit to me. Other opinions would be welcomed. Skinsmoke (talk) 09:46, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
- Oppose subordinating Bays to Coasts. We use categories to generalize. If we don't have a generalized concept, categories aren't very meaningful. In the English language I expect to find bays in both coastal areas and in stream pools. An exceptional instance shouldn't define the generalization. I would expect that somewhere we can find an island without any coastal bays and only fresh water bays--that would still be an exception, not a counter rule to coastal bays. A similar situation exists with Category:Bars which is subordinate to both Category:Rivers and Category:Coasts except that Bars doesn't have any geographic divisions.
Does the Welsh language use only one word covering both coastal and fresh water bays?
SBaker43 (talk) 04:58, 28 July 2013 (UTC)