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Category:Post boxes by country[edit]

This category appears to replicate Category:Mailboxes by country. Unless there is a good reason for the separate categories then they should be combined, similarly with the sub categories below this. --Keith D (talk) 20:37, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

They ARE different.
  • A post box (British English and others, also written postbox, known in the United States and Canada as collection box, mailbox, or drop box) is a physical box intended for use by the general public in order to collect outgoing mail (mail sent to a destination).
  • A letter box, letterbox, letter plate, letter hole, mail slot, or mailbox is a receptacle for receiving incoming mail at a private residence or business.
I agree that the terminology is confusing. We should better go about it as follows:
  1. Create a disambig page where "post box", "mail box" etc will redirect;
  2. Create 2 distinct categs: one for outgoing boxes and one for incoming boxes that the aforementioned page will offer to choose from. -- Wesha (talk) 21:04, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
We already have Category:Letter boxes, but looking at the content of the 2 categories above they do not appear to be following any incoming/outgoing rational. Keith D (talk) 01:19, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
That's because there's no clear explanation at the top of each as of what should belong to it (and a link to the other one, too). How about we fix that first? -- Wesha (talk) 15:27, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
Letter boxes looks like it is for incoming main and outgoing mail is covered by the other 2 categories which are a duplicate of each other. You can add a note at the top of the categories and a cross reference but you still only need 2 categories not 3. Keith D (talk) 22:49, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
True. So, can you please clearly list in your reply to this which ones you want to keep and which one to delete? So far, I'm confused. Thank you. -- Wesha (talk) 16:06, 31 March 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Wesha. There should be only two different categories. They are on equal footing and neither of them should be subordinated to the other. The images from the third category (Mail boxes) are to be moved to either of the two categories, and the category should contain a redirection to the Post boxes category. So the images from the three categories should be carefully reorganized into the two categories: (1) Post boxes (for outgoing mail), (2) Letter boxes (for incoming mail). --Leonid Dzhepko (talk) 13:08, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
To sum up: the general category is Category:Mailboxes, which contains two categories: Category:Letter boxes and Category:Post boxes. The Category:Letter boxes is subdivided into: Category:Letter boxes by country, etc. The Category:Post boxes is subdivided into: Category:Post boxes by country, etc. Let's reorganize it! --Leonid Dzhepko (talk) 13:58, 2 April 2010 (UTC) The name of the Category:Mailboxes by color category should be changed to Category:Post boxes by color, they are all designated for outgoing mail (only colors of public post boxes can be prescribed by law; every one is free to paint his private letterbox as he pleases). --Leonid Dzhepko (talk) 14:05, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Wesha and Leonid and support the idea to sort out these categories. --Michael Romanov (talk) 15:08, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

I agree that mailboxes should be subdivided by their purpose. I have some notices:

Delivery boxes of the Czech Post
  • in the Czech Republic are several types of boxes: outgoing boxes ("post boxes", orange), house letter boxes of inhabitants and small companies (private) but also the third type: official postal blue delivery boxes for incomming letters which are used in villages where letters aren't delivered outside the main road. How should be named a subcategory of such unified incomming boxes? (Don't confuse with PO Boxes.)
  • also private letter boxes can be categorized by colour, but separately from outgoing post boxes. Also the category "Blue mailboxes" can have subcategories "Blue post boxes" and "Blue letter boxes", as well as for every country should remain the category "Mailboxes in XXX" and should contain subcategories "Post boxes in XXX" and "Letter boxes in XXX".
  • Inasmuch as those category names aren't unambiguously understandable, we should create some special template(s) to entry of all such categories (somewhat like {{Villages-municipalities}}).

--ŠJů (talk) 14:09, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

If we look at the original statement that the categories 'post box by country' and 'mail box by country' replicate each other, it is correct. The confusion appears to arise as a result of regional differences in English; specifically American English 'mailbox' and British English 'post box'. For me it makes sense to merge the two. The only issue is which regional dialect you use as the category heading. Comming from a British English culture, I would favour British English, but that is a personal preference. Andrew massyn (talk) 18:55, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

It seems that a solution was adopted of making Mailboxes a parent category for both Post boxes and Letter boxes. ghouston (talk) 10:37, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

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