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The World of Warcraft item categories (especially Category:World of Warcraft uncommon items, Category:World of Warcraft common items, Category:World of Warcraft rare items, and Category:World of Warcraft epic items) are too damn huge, to the point of not being navigable or practical. I think we should split it up somehow, probably by item level, and possibly have {{tooltip}} automatically categorize these so all we'd have to do is get a bot to remove the existing categories. Thoughts? --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C58,926 contributions and counting) 01:40, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

I was thinking to split them up by drop locations, as many of them already are. I know there is a world drop category; have another category for purchaseable, another for instance drops, etc etc? --Sky (t · c · w) 02:04, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Possibly, there would still be a ton in each category. And we'd have to employ Foxbot for that approach, too complex for anything like AWB to handle. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C58,926 contributions and counting) 02:07, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Not really. We can start off by pulling items from the variety of categories dedicated to instance loot, a la Category:World of Warcraft items by instance. I don't know how to progress from there. --Sky (t · c · w) 02:14, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Mmm, Foxbot tends to fail at world drop items anyway. I think we should probably come up with a more complete list of divisions before actually moving categories around. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C58,926 contributions and counting) 02:16, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Sure. Most of the world drops have already been categorized in this manner I think, so it isn't so big an issue. --Sky (t · c · w) 02:21, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm not sure I agree with this - {{bigcat}} exists to help navigation around large categories. The resulting categories per instance would also be very long - "World of Warcraft Temple of Ahn'Qiraj common items" - quite a mouthful. Kirkburn  talk  contr 12:49, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Not really, since a search on WoWhead gave me 7 results. User:Gourra/Sig2 12:52, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Bigcat is less logical for navigation than using subcategories. People don't usually look by name when browsing categories, if they know part of the name they use search. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C58,926 contributions and counting) 12:57, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Kirkburn, you mistake me. I meant, quite simply, "Category:World of Warcraft rare instance drops", not "Category:World of Warcraft rare <instance> drops". --Sky (t · c · w) 17:16, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Aha, that does make more sense, and I think I could agree to that :) Kirkburn  talk  contr 17:18, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

As far as I know, this went no further. Is {{Bigcat}} sufficient for the job? Do people still want categories broken up? --Eirik Ratcatcher (talk) 23:28, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

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