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This page provides a centralized place to discuss the naming convention of categories. Currently the naming conventions for categories are spread over the following pages:


  • For simple category rename requests, one can put the {{Move|New name|Reason|2016-10-03}} template in the source category. These can be discussed on the categories talk page or Category talk:Requested moves.
  • For non-controversial requests (e.g. inappropriate/ incorrect use of capital letters, plural forms of nouns, obvious misspellings, etc.) you may file a request at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands.
  • Deletion requests for categories are also found in Category:Non-media deletion requests. These should be listed here as well.

Listing a single category on this "Categories for discussion" page[edit]


You can simply visit a category, then click Nominate category for discussion in your sidebar.

By hand[edit]


Add {{subst:cfd}} tag:

  • Add the following code to the top of the category page.

The easiest way for doing the next steps II, III and IV: After saving the category with {{subst:cfd}} the template will have created a link on cyan background. Click it (for step II), the template will create a subpage with instructions for editing and links (you must open it in new tabs or windows) for further steps.


Create a subpage of "Commons:Categories for discussion" :

  • Enter the name of the category that you wish to nominate for discussion, click on "Create the subpage", and follow the instructions given there.

(eg Commons:Categories for discussion/2009/02/Category:Comics)


Add a link to the sub-page in the "Discussion Request Log":

  • To make your discussion visible here you have to add the newly created sub-page to Commons:Categories for discussion/2016/10. The log is sorted by date. Add the following code at the bottom without erasing the existing requests. Remember to save the page.
{{Commons:Categories for discussion/2016/10/Category: CATEGORY-NAME }}

(Where CATEGORY-NAME is the name of the category you tagged with {{cfd}}.)
(eg {{Commons:Categories for discussion/2009/02/Category:Comics}})


Notify the creator with {{cdw}} tag:

  • Sometimes it makes sense to notify the creator of a category on their talk page. Use the notify text suggest in the box at the top of the sub-page created in (II) above.
{{subst:cdw|Category:CATEGORY-NAME}} --~~~~

(Where CATEGORY-NAME is the name of the category you tagged with {{cfd}}.)
(eg {{subst:cdw|Category:Comics}} --~~~~)

Listing multiple categories on this "Categories for discussion" page[edit]

Perform all the operations above for the first category, then tag all the other related categories with

{{subst:cfd|Category: FIRST-CATEGORY-NAME }}

(eg {{subst:cfd|Category:Comics}} to Category:Comic strips)

Note that if you want to have modifications in this list appear in your watchlist, for each new month and for each new item in the list you want to watch, you have to open the item for editing and click the watch tab.

Note that the {{cdw}} tag notifying the creators is not fully adapted to multiple discussion.

Closing a discussion[edit]

Typically, only users experienced in category discussions should close a discussion. However, if the discussion has led to a very clear consensus, other users should feel free to do so. The following is the normal process to close a discussion. Not all steps are necessarily required nor need they be done on the same day, but in general this is the appropriate order.

  1. Generally, wait at least two weeks since the discussion was started.
  2. Assess the discussion, write a conclusion on the subpage; use "----" on a line above your conclusion to separate it from the general discussion.
  3. Add the templates {{cfdh}} (Category for discussion header) and {{cfdf}} (Category for discussion footer) to their respective places (top and bottom) of the subpage
  4. If necessary, make the relevant changes to categories (e.g. rename the categories, request the category renames at User talk:Category-bot, add {{category redirect|preferred name}} to the no longer used category name or synonyms, add {{bad name|preferred name}} to categories renamed for misspellings and the like). Alternatively, wait for the initiator to do it
  5. Remove the cfd notice from the categories pages and cross-reference the discussion on the category talk page(s) if the associated categories still exist. E.g., if the category was nominated for deletion:
    {{kept|2=Commons:Categories for discussion/2009/10/Category:Drawers or draughtsmen or draftsmen|Categories for discussion (10/2009)}}
    or in general:
    {{Archive box|*[[Commons:Categories for discussion/2009/10/Category:Drawers or draughtsmen or draftsmen|Categories for discussion (10/2009)]]}}.
  6. Remove the subpage from the month page (e.g. Commons:Categories for discussion/2016/10)
  7. Add the subpage to the month page at Commons:Categories for discussion/Archive.
  8. Update category descriptions or Commons:Categories if needed.

Current Requests[edit]

Enhanced view of current requests | Recently changed CFDs

Older Requests[edit]

These requests are older than six months and still active.

Archived requests[edit]

See Commons:Categories for discussion/Archive