A Lot to Absorb [5 February 2010]
Thanks for the detailed analysis and critique of the category organization project. You bring up some excellent, long-range points for us to discuss and implement. It will take me a little time to absorb your new content on this project page and offer an opinion. At first glance it seems to make a lot of sense. I agree that we need to take a much broader view of the Source Categories especially. I also acknowledge the work we have been jointly working on at the Category Project page and its associated talk page can only be considered a temporary fix for what we have now.
Not sure how you feel about it, but I have to tell you, it bothers me to read others question whether or not this is the best use of our time, or write that they would rather see our energy (and Dallan's) focused on some other so-called priority issues. I have little available time to devote to being on-line (and less time available in using WeRelate), and if I choose to put my focus on this project, then I resent it being questioned. I don't consider it a waste of my time (even if it is only a preliminary step toward a longer-range objective), so just because it isn't important to someone else, they can still do "their thing" and don't criticize our involvement and interest.
Anyway, thanks again for your diligent and thoughtful recommendations and insightful input.--BobC 14:23, 4 February 2010 (EST)
I appreciate your kind words! I'm finding it a challenge to absorb all of this as well. While I wish that we could work on this project in smaller stages, we really do need to keep the large picture in mind, and that can be overwhelming. It was a bit challenging to get out of my linear thinking mode... but these ideas here have a pattern that appeals to me.
Regarding the comments about where we should or should not be focusing our energy... Well, I try hard to remember that everybody has their opinions. I think the knowledge that recategorizing our pages can be done via bot, and will not involve an overabundance of Dallan's time, is helpful. I do agree, there are so many projects that can be tackled here, when one catches your interest it's great to be able to jump right in! Everyone has a different wish list for improvements to WR, and since most people haven't experienced accurate or even functioning categories here, users may not realize it's value. --Jennifer (JBS66) 12:08, 5 February 2010 (EST)