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Closed 11 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#14901 closed feature request (maybelater)

Make "Uncategorized" transparent

Reported by: ericmann's profile ericmann Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: trivial Version:
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When posts are created, they are placed into the Uncategorized category by default if no other category is specified. This causes problems when re-categorizing later on because you have to both add the new category and remove the "uncategorized" category at the same time.

"Uncategorized" should be automatically removed when marking categories on a post.

"Uncategorized" should not appear in the list of categories on the "Categories" page but in a separate section below reading "You currently have XX uncategorized posts."

Listing Uncategorized in the categories table presents the illusion that it is a separate category by itself that can be modified and removed - it can't, so it shouldn't be listed there.

Change History (10)

#1 @knutsp
14 years ago

Listing Uncategorized in the categories table presents the illusion that it is a
separate category by itself that can be modified and removed - it can't [...]

This is not true. "Uncategorized" is just another category. After a fresh install a category is created with tag_ID = 1 and named "Uncategorized" (in English, or as the translation file specifies). A link category named "Blogroll" is also created.

To start categorizing your posts, select what the name of your default category should be and rename this category. Later you may change the default category to another one.

The is no such thing as uncatagorized posts. They just have the initial category named "Uncategorized". Nothing else is special about that.

If anything should be done to make this a bit clearer, I would suggest an initial description of this category to be set to "You may rename this category (name and slug)".

#2 @ericmann
14 years ago

If I could, I'd rephrase this as "Make categories optional."

Unless another category is specified as the "default" category, all posts should properly be "uncategorized" by default. But "uncategorized" itself should not behave in the UI like a category by itself. It should be as transparent as possible to the user, more of a placeholder until users can properly categorize content than anything else.

So my recommendation is that there should be such a thing as uncategorized posts with the option to specify a default catchall category on top of that.

#3 @dd32
14 years ago

Some background: I believe the uncategorized category was added for 2 purposes (although I might be wrong on both counts)

  • To have a place holder for the evil %category% URL token
  • Simpler themes: "Entry posted in: ..."

#4 @nacin
14 years ago

I think it wa part of the conversion of one category per post to any number. Themes using the_category() would suddenly be expecting exactly one category when that might not be the case. My history is fuzzy as it was before my time, alas.

I think most of the core team has gone on record somewhere saying that Uncategorized should die and painful death. No one is sure how best to do that though.

I've thought about use cases for default terms for custom taxonomies, and whether abstracting out the default category to all taxonomies will in turn make it easier to turn off. Seems a bit backwards, though.

#5 @nacin
14 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

#6 @solarissmoke
13 years ago

Related/duplicate: #11576

#7 @kirasong
13 years ago

  • Cc mike.schroder@… added

#8 @wonderboymusic
11 years ago

  • Milestone Future Release deleted
  • Resolution set to maybelater
  • Status changed from new to closed

This hasn't been discussed in 3 years - by all means, if a good solution materializes, reopen me

#9 @SergeyBiryukov
8 years ago

#36228 was marked as a duplicate.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #design by melchoyce. View the logs.

7 years ago

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