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Bug ID: 61296
Summary: [Enhancement] Add to Special:UncategorizedPages option
to ignore hidden categories
Component: Special pages
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this is an enhancement request, but without this enhancement,
Special:UncategorizedPages is barely usable.
Explain: the logical reason to have Special:UncategorizedPages in the first
place is to allow editors to easily find these pages and add categories to
[ short essay about "practical vs. formal, and why practical is more important"
strictly speaking, this special page should contain uncategorized redirects
also. it does not, which is a good thing: most wikis do not want to see
redirects categorized (it's technically possible to ctegorize redirects, and
surely someone somewhere does it...). this fact highlights the utility of this
special page: it really means "please find for me all the pages that need to be
categorized" rather than the formal and more precise but less useful "please
find pages in namespace 0 with no category" (the latter would include redirects
also - formally more correct, practically less useful).
end of essay ]
not allowing an option to ignore hidden categories makes this special page
<almost> useless for any wiki that uses hidden cats: pages with only hidden
categories are _practically_ (though not formally) uncategorized, but there is
no way to list them.
note that the requested enhancement is not to change the default behavior, but
rather to add an "ignore hidden cats" option on this special page, just like
the "hide redirects" option on Special:AllPages
i understand that this list is cached, so adding this enhancement would
increase the resources.
it would be *almost* as useful to keep only one list, and control whether or
not it includes pages with only hidden cats, through some configuration
variable in LocalSettings.php.
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