Writing:Categories (ballot measures)
Any article about a ballot initiative should have several category tags at the bottom of the article. Categories help organize the articles by year, state and political topic. These categories in turn help to generate such pages as Alcohol on the ballot. Other topic pages can be found here.
Year articles, like 2009 ballot measures, feature two categories:
- YEAR ballot measures
- Ballot measure articles by year
Replace YEAR with the year the measures appeared on the ballot.
In other words, for 2009 ballot measures the following categories were included:
State Year articles
State Year articles, like South Carolina 2008 ballot measures, should feature one category:
- STATE YEAR ballot measures.
Replace STATE with the appropriate state and YEAR with the year the measure appear on the ballot.
For example, for South Carolina 2008 ballot measures the category would be:
Ballot measure articles
Ballot measure articles should feature three categories:
- STATE YEAR ballot measures
- TOPIC, STATE
- TOPIC, YEAR
Replace STATE with the appropriate state and YEAR with the year the measure appear on the ballot. TOPIC should reflect the main political issue the ballot measure refers to (i.e. alcohol, abortion, tobacco, taxes, etc.) Sometimes ballot measures fit in more than one topic. For example: Arizona Alcohol Tax Measure (2008) will most like have two topics - alcohol and taxes. In that case make sure to add: TOPIC, STATE; TOPIC, YEAR per topic. The resulting like of categories may look like:
- Category:Arizona 2008 ballot measures
- Category:Alcohol, Arizona
- Category:Alcohol, 2008
- Category:Taxes, Arizona
- Category:Taxes, 2008
Creating category pages
Sometimes when you add a category the link will appear in red. This means that the category page has not yet been created. See File:Creating Categories for Ballot Measures.pdf for guidelines on how to properly create category pages for the ballot measure project.