Category talk:Bytown

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Really?[edit]

Do we need a category for stuff that happened in Ottawa between 1826 and 1850? Especially given that Bytown is still used as a nickname for Ottawa. Does a different place name generate a separate category? I worry about the precedent. --Skeezix1000 (talk) 17:55, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Good question indeed. But maybe more useful than 24 categories by year. I made it to connect the various Bytown items, John By, ... --Foroa (talk) 04:45, 30 May 2012 (UTC)
Probably a subjective assessment of what's more useful, but fair enough. My concern isn't so much with this category itself, but rather the fact (and I would bet money on this) that someone will likely come along at some point and start to subcategorize it. Soon, we'll have Category:Buildings in Bytown, Category:People of Bytown, etc. And soon someone will start insisting that Category:1843 in Ottawa should be Category:1843 in Bytown, because they will be more focused on historical accuracy than workable/usable category structures, and we will end up with parallel category structures for the exact same thing. I am not looking to delete this category or anything. I think it's enough that I put my concern on the record, so when problems do arise I can be a smug jerk and tell everyone "I told you so".  ;-)

I would suggest that the category should be restricted to media related to the settlement between 1826 and 1850. The name Bytown continued to be used afterwards as a nickname for Ottawa, and continued (and continues to this day) to be used by groups and institutions, and this category should not just be a grab-bag of every mention of the word. So, for example, this has nothing to do with Bytown per se. --Skeezix1000 (talk) 17:14, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

Fair enough, nicknames can create quite some confusion, but at least, we can find a trace where it is coming from, why I created the category. Proper documentation and rules might avoid most of the problems. --Foroa (talk) 17:49, 4 June 2012 (UTC)