Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Mobile and apps/Show categories in the Wikipedia app

Show categories in the Wikipedia app

  • Problem: Wikipedia editors spend a significant amount of time categorizing pages so that relevant pages can be quickly found. Not having access to these categories puts mobile app users at a significant disadvantage over desktop users. As more users in the developing world come online, they are missing a critical part of articles, especially if they start editing the encyclopedia. In addition, people are switching to mobile at a rapid pace, so feature parity with desktop sites are critical.
  • Who would benefit: Mobile app users (both readers and editors)
  • Proposed solution: Add a list of categories that article is in at the bottom of the article as a list. Also, create a navigation link to access these categories along with the article's sections.


  • Endorse. Looks like almost everyone agrees to this idea. But do the Wikipedia mobile app technical team require more time to implement this? Chongkian (talk) 03:59, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Endorse. I would like to have categories shown in my mobile since when I bought it. I think categories are very useful for editors and readers, too. --Daniele Pugliesi (talk) 18:35, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Strongly support. This also applies to navigation templates, which showcase the main articles about a specific topic. --Joalbertine (talk) 20:07, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Endorse, and add them to the mobile website as well. Feminist (talk) 03:55, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm doubtful that readers (non-editing readers) spend much time looking in categories. I don't think that anyone has ever verified that readers notice the categories or use them. It might be interesting to see if we could get page view data split (logged-in vs logged-out) to determine whether the category system is worthwhile at all (to people who aren't editors like us, of course; I use it for editing purposes). WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:23, 26 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]