Not showing "uncategorized" for each post?

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  • #853812

    douglerner
    Member

    I’m using tags, but not categories. So it’s sort of distracting to see the “uncategorized” category for each post. I looked through the settings, but couldn’t see a way of turning that off. Would that be a theme option and I need to switch themes? Or is there perhaps some other way?

    Thanks,

    doug

    The blog I need help with is douglerner.wordpress.com.

    #853964

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Make a generalized category (Thoughts, Musings, Reflections, etc.) and set it as the default to replace “uncategorized”.

    Here’s the page with the list of I think the 100 most popular tags. http://en.wordpress.com/tags/

    #853965

    douglerner
    Member

    Hi, Jennifer.

    But then all the posts still have the same, redundant, unnecessary category, right?

    Do you know of a way of just not showing categories?

    I do like the hierarchical nature of categories. And many of my tags are, indeed, flattened out categories turned into tags (e.g. hao, java sparrows, birds, pets, animals) – but it’s too late to go back now, so it seems a wasteful “clutter” to have categories there when they are not needed.

    Thanks,

    doug

    #853967

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    If you have a tag that you repeatedly use, it’s the same thing, no? :)

    The two obvious tag choices I can see from your site to convert to categories are “Japan” and “Pets”. After you convert them, you can bulk edit your posts on the Posts page to add or remove categories.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/#converting-tags-to-categories

    I believe that it is possible to hide categories if you have the Custom Design upgrade. Bit of overkill in my opinion to buy the upgrade just for this purpose.

    #853969

    douglerner
    Member

    Thanks, Jennifer.

    I’ll take a look at trying that.

    doug

    #853994

    douglerner
    Member

    I just read every post and explanation of the difference between categories and tags and when to use one vs the other, with examples and I have to say it seems there is no rhyme or reason to it at all.

    Consider my pet Java Sparrow, Hao.

    A hierarchical categorization of a post about him might be:

    Animals
    Pets
    Birds
    Java Sparrows
    Hao

    But it could just as well be

    Animals
    Birds
    Java Sparrows
    Pets
    Hao

    and some other hierarchies as well.

    And since I have lots of posts about Hao, why would he make a better tag than a category?

    It all seems arbitrary to me.

    doug

    #853996

    douglerner
    Member

    The tag to category convert link inside tags management takes me to the import tool panel.

    doug

    #853998

    douglerner
    Member

    Well, that turned out to be a mess.

    I found the tag-to-category convert INSIDE the import page.

    But first I used the tag manager to change the name of my animals tag from “animalia” to “Animals”.

    Then I used the tags to categories converter to convert Animals to a category.

    Now the posts tagged as animalia still show up as animalia, but animalia is no longer in the tags manger and it doesn’t appear in the tag cloud and clicking on the tag animalia doesn’t bring up any other posts with that tag.

    And the post is still marked “uncategorized.”

    Agh.

    doug

    #854000

    douglerner
    Member

    Also, Japan (since it turned into a category) no longer shows up in the tag cloud. So I think it’s harder to find items now.

    It’s all a confusing mess to me!

    doug

    #854001

    douglerner
    Member

    Whew. I converted the categories back to tags and everything is ok.

    I really don’t think categories are necessary. I wish I could just not clutter up my page with it.

    Tags are good for cross-referencing (like smart folders or smart mailboxes). I think maybe categories are a bit older. Am I wrong here?

    doug

    #854097

    raincoaster
    Member

    The distinction is relatively arbitrary at WP.com. The main differences are that the category widget can display an infinite number of categories, while the tag cloud can show at most 45. For this reason, I went with all-categories.

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