Template talk:User category

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User category description[edit]

This should include something at the top that adds a description like "Media uploaded by User:Example". Richard001 (talk) 22:19, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

I agree, there should be a default text/banner on such categories. Rehman 06:16, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Why hidden???[edit]

What is the justification to make all these categories hidden? Apart from making it harder for me / other users to manage their own files conveniently, it also deemphasises the work that busy uploaders / photographers do, and makes it harder for others to browse our work easily. I also see no downsides to having such a category on a file - after all, it's not like there will be dozens such cats on a specific file! Please remove the hidden attribute or make it optional. Ingolfson (talk) 06:06, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Source categories should be hidden. You can make hidden categories visible by adjusting your preferences. /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 16:26, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
I totally agree with Ingolfson, and have raised the same question at Commons talk:User-specific galleries, templates and categories policy#Hidden user categories. OK? Please leave any comments there. /Dcastor (talk) 22:24, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
No consensus has yet been shown that user cats should be hidden. Once again I request for this to be changed. The discussion linked above shows that some users favor the hidden status, while some don't. /Dcastor (talk) 15:32, 7 March 2013 (UTC)


See Commons:Village_pump#Link_to_GLAMorous_for_categories for a suggested update. -- User:Docu at 11:29, 20 February 2010 (UTC)


{{editprotected}} Copyedit: "The main purpose is to categorize and add __HIDDENCAT__ in one step. It also allows categorization bots to easily ignore user categories. User galleries should not use this as they go in Category:User galleries." :| TelCoNaSpVe :| 08:48, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

✓ Done Documentation separated onto subpage, so anyone can improve now. --Mormegil (talk) 09:43, 14 October 2010 (UTC)



Please add [[Category:User categories (flat list)]]
to the template. --  Docu  at 20:05, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done --Mormegil (talk) 14:21, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question Why? Does this make any sense? --Martin H. (talk) 13:14, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
See Category:User categories (flat list). It allows to identify user categories. Don't worry about it if you don't want to use it or if it doesn't make any sense to you. --  Docu  at 10:49, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Then it is redundant to Category:User categories. --Martin H. (talk) 11:00, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
No, but Category:User categories might be redundant. --  Docu  at 11:13, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Presumably Category:User categories is supposed to be hierarchical for a user's subcategories. On the subcategories you'd use the "cat" argument of the template to set the parent category. --ghouston (talk) 03:50, 1 June 2014 (UTC)


{{editprotected}}It doesn't seem to be a userbox. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 17:50, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

✓ Face-smile.svg Thank youebraminiotalk 10:22, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

flat list sorting[edit]

{{editprotected}} The template isn't passing the sort parameter to the flat list category. I think it should be changed to:

__HIDDENCAT__ <includeonly>[[Category:{{{cat|User categories}}}|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]][[Category:User categories (flat list)|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}]]</includeonly><noinclude> {{Documentation}} </noinclude>

✓ Done Thank you. --Indeedous (talk) 21:11, 9 June 2014 (UTC)


Sorry, this seems to have done more harm than good, I think because I missed a couple of braces. Try this (untested again, of course): --ghouston (talk) 10:43, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

__HIDDENCAT__ <includeonly>[[Category:{{{cat|User categories}}}|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]][[Category:User categories (flat list)|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]]</includeonly><noinclude> {{Documentation}} </noinclude>

✓ Done -- Rillke(q?) 19:36, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Null edit request[edit]


__HIDDENCAT__ <includeonly>[[Category:{{{cat|User categories}}}|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]][[Category:User categories (flat list)|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]]</includeonly><noinclude>
<includeonly>__HIDDENCAT__ [[Category:User categories (flat list)|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]] [[Category:{{{cat|User categories}}}|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}]]</includeonly><noinclude>{{Documentation}}</noinclude>

Same idea as on {{Video user category}}, this template showed or shows up in meta category:User categories. One bad example inspired users to add their subpages to this {{metacat}}. –Be..anyone (talk) 21:17, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done INeverCry 00:01, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Parameter 1[edit]

Can somebody help me with the first parameter? It is marked as defaulting to {{PAGENAME}}, but mandatory. So what? What values are expected or is this the user's choice? It is not me that needs an answer, but the documentation does. regards --Herzi Pinki (talk) 13:54, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

A new discussion at Village Pump[edit]

See the discussion at Commons:Village_pump#.22User.22_categories. We need a consensus on how user categories are derived (with or without the "User:" prefix) and whether they need to be hidden. Please comment there. Jee 02:24, 20 January 2016 (UTC)