Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/04/Category:Feral cats by country

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Category:Feral cats by country[edit]

I started Category:Feral cats by location, a few days ago. Another contributor has come along and started a very similar category: Category:Feral cats by country. Without any attempt at discussion they poached all the images in the category I started, putting them in the new category. The original category has since been deleted. I see several reasons to organize by location, instead of by country. First, we might know an images was from a particular mountain range, or river basin, but not know which country it was from, if the mountain range or river basin spanned national boundaries. By location is more flexible, and would allow, for instance, Category:Feral cats of the Danube basin, or Category:Feral cats of the Pyrenees. I've been contributing here for eight years, I have encountered lots of instances when a usurper hijacks the contents of an existing category, but I don't remember ever encountering a single instance when I thought an unexplained hijacking was justified. Even when the hijacker is called upon to explain their hijacking, and it turns out they did have good reasons, after all, the unexplained hijacking is a mistake for several reasons. First, the hijacking upsets other people. Second, if there is a valid justification, it should go on the record, because those who started the original category deserve to be informed as to why the categor name they initially chose was a mistake -- if in fact it was a mistake. Geo Swan (talk) 23:29, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

No hijiacking by my side. But such categories should be by country, or at least by city. An hypotetical category Feral cats of the Pyrenees will be a subcategory of both Feral cats in France and Feral cats in Spain. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 08:41, 15 April 2013 (UTC)