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Best practice for assigning categories

I have a bunch of categories and sub categories for a knowledge base. They are like:
Department A
-Policy
-Job Duties
-Procedures
-Quality Control
Department B
-Policy
-Job Duties
-Procedures
-Quality Control
Etc...

So when I make a page that belongs in Procedures in dept A, should I check the box for Dept A _and_ the box for Procedures? Or just the box for Procedures?

If I do both, then the page shows up twice in the list of pages. If I only check the sub category, it shows up only once, which is what I prefer. I notice the breadcrumb trail still works and the category permissions still work to allow certain groups to see certain pages.

So my question is: Is there any reason I should be checking both boxes, or is it correct to check only the lowest sub category for an page?

Thanks,

United States
jstotz wrote:
So my question is: Is there any reason I should be checking both boxes, or is it correct to check only the lowest sub category for an page?


It really depends on your object model....

  • Are the Department A and Department B categories meant to contain objects? Or are they merely "sections"?
  • Are all items in a subcategory (for example, Policy) also in the parent category? Or is it possible to have a Policy object that is not included in a specific department?


And, just as an idea, you've got a lot of duplication in your category model (for example, every department has a Policy category). Remember, objects can belong to multiple categories.... have you considered having a "flat" category structure (that is, a single Policy category, and then objects for Department A would be tagged both Policy and Department A? This way, a year down the road, if you want to add a new "subcategory" you only need to add it once — as opposed to having to add it to every single department.
Just an idea that may save you some maintenance...

HTH,

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