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I had a question regarding how categories worked on this wiki, because I noticed something that was a bit concerning. Over on most book wikis, like Redwall, Harry Potter, etc. characters are given categories for which book(s) they appear in. Example: Category: Redwall Characters; Category: Mossflower Characters; etc.
I've noticed here, for cinematic characters, no similar structure exists, e.g. no Category: A New Hope Characters; Category: Return of the Jedi Characters, etc.
Is this intentional? If so, why? There seems to be no way to easily pull up a list of all of the characters in a specific movie, and that's very strange.
Speaking for myself, often times I can't remember every single character name, and seeing them all in a list can be a good refresher.
If this is not intentional, can this sort of structuring proceed immediately?
That'd be way too big of a category structure considering how many stories some characters appear in. So if you want to find characters who appear in A New Hope, for example, you can find the list on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 00:13, December 19, 2015 (UTC)
Forgive me, but I'm not seeing a list? If the trouble is involving books, which I know there are many (but there many editors here too!), why not just limit this to the films? -- LordTBTTalk! 00:21, December 19, 2015 (UTC)
It's in the "Appearances" section. There's a long list of characters there. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 00:23, December 19, 2015 (UTC)
Thank you...that was indeed helpful, but when it comes to individual characters, it seems difficult to know just how many films they've been in. For example, on Han Solo, unless I were to read the entire article, I wouldn't know he's appeared in 4 movies. Yes, there's that long list of various things to scroll through, but that's not simple or very clear. For visitors to this wiki who are only interested in the movies, which I would think is a a large number, shouldn't this be easier to find out? -- LordTBTTalk! 00:44, December 19, 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Lord TBT. Good to see you here! As far as that type of category-structuring, I think another problem with that is that our categories for "in-universe" material tend to be "in-universe" in nature. Categories such as "Star Wars: A New Hope characters" would be out-of-universe. However, as far as being able to more readily identify what films a character has appeared in from the list of Appearances, I think the suggestion in this thread would be quite helpful with what you're after, if we ever get around to implementing it. ProfessorTofty (talk) 01:49, December 19, 2015 (UTC)
That certainly makes it more clear than it is now...I'm not knowledgeable enough to discuss the intricacies of what defines certain types of content, which is why I was trying to limit this to what the average website visitor is likely looking for: info on characters from the films...it just seems strange to me that assigning them categories based on a specific film isn't doable. Redwall is a 22-novel series, and we have a character category for each book. -- LordTBTTalk! 03:52, December 19, 2015 (UTC)